Dec. 1, 2012
NAMPA, Idaho -
The University of Nevada track and field team opened the 2012 indoor season with several strong performances at the Jackson Open in Nampa, Idaho Friday and Saturday.
Freshman Nicole Wadden put together an impressive pentathlon, finishing in first place with 3,478 points. The total places Wadden seventh on Nevada’s all time list. The sprinters group also had a strong outing, as senior Angelica Earls, and sophomores Kashae Knox and Anita Momodu ran quality times. Earls led the group with a second place finish in the 60-meter dash, clocking in at 7.53, just off her personal best and school record set last year of 7.45. The senior also had a nice finish in the 200-meter event, finishing second with a time of 24.50. Knox tied for third with a time of 7.54 in the same event, which is just .02 seconds off her personal best of 7.52. Momodu ran the seventh best time in program history with a time of 7.77.
“I’m pleased with the effort of the team in our first meet, head coach Shantel Twiggs said. “Nicole Wadden impressed me today with her results. Angelica and Kashae are well ahead of where they were a year ago. Anita is finally back from knee surgery after a year and a half of rehab. I’m happy for her to come back strong, as she worked hard during the offseason to run in her first indoor race. She is really learning and putting her race technique together.”
Sophomore Katie Romanko placed second in the 3000-meter run with a time of 10:49.96. Nevada’s 4X400-meter relay team comprised of senior Angelica Earls, juniors Baylee Hearns, and Christina Smith, and sophomore Kashae Knox took second place, finishing at 3:58.73. Senior Caitlin Owen cleared 11-05.75 to take second in the pole vault. Senior Deborah Amoah took first place in the long jump with a distance of 5.95m.
The team has several weeks off before returning to action at the UW Invitational on Jan. 25 in Seattle, Wash.