Nevada Successful at First Meet of 2010 Indoor Season
SEATTLE, Wash. - The University of Nevada track and field team saw several personal bests and changes to Nevada's career top-10 record book at the UW Indoor Preview Saturday in Seattle Washington.
"Overall I would rate our performance at our first meet of the season a B," head coach Shantel Twiggs said. "All in all, this was a very good start for us. We now know exactly where we are. The athletes are anxious to get back to training, lifting and into the season. We will compete in a triple dual at Boise State next Saturday so again we will have the opportunity to see another conference school and get in aggressive head-to-head competition. I have to admit I am quite pleased of how we competed and can not wait to see how the rest of the season unfolds."
One of the best performances of the day came from junior Gina Deckard in the 60 meter hurdles. Deckard led an impressive group of performers clocking an 8.75 in the preliminary round. A year ago she did run a time that fast until the WAC Indoor Championships.
"Heading into the UW Indoor Preview I was very excited to compete after many months of training. My goal for this meet was to win my 60 meter hurdles heat (race) and qualify for the finals," Deckard said. "With the proper warm up and mind set I won my heat and ran an 8.75 which was the second fasted time I had ever run, which also lead me to the finals. While warming up for the finals I told myself to have a good start and stay focused. When the gun went off I sprinted to the first hurdle and stayed with my technique and finished the race with a time of 8.59 which was a personal best and .01 seconds from the school record. After I ran that time I could not believe it because I usually would run a time like that toward the end of the season so I am very grateful to nearly break the school record at the first meet."
In the finals, Deckard returned and ran an 8.59 in the final to finish overall. Her time was just .01 seconds off the school record and she is now tied for second on Nevada's all-time list.
"During my freshmen year I was always very nervous to run against people who were faster then me, but I am able to except that challenge now," Deckard said. "Looking back on the training that the team and I have done so far, I can tell that this looks like a very promising year for Nevada."
Two other Pack athletes found success in the 60 meter hurdles. In the prelims, Cristina Hibbert clocked a time of 9.05 and April Pate put her name among Nevada's top 10 in the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 8.88 and tied for fifth.
Hibbert followed up her personal best in the preliminary round with new personal best time of 8.93 in the finals which puts her in a tie for seventh on the Nevada-all time list. Pate's 8.91 in the finals continues to among the top 10 marks in Nevada history.
Hibbert also posted a third-place finish in the 400 meter dash with a time of 58.57. Pole vaulter Alicia Echevarria started the season where she left off from last outdoor.
"Alicia took three strong attempts at 3.68m," Twiggs said. "We should see some big performances from her this season."
Two freshmen placed in the top 10 on Saturday in the long jump. Debbie Amoah took fourth overall with a mark of 5.48m and Jackae Bridges finished seventh with a mark of 5.37m.
"As the season progresses this event will see major improvements as well as point production," Twiggs said.
In the shot put, Jaleesa Jeffery recorded a great start to the season throwing a 12.59m, which is just off her indoor personal best.
"Each meet builds Jaleesa's confidence and by the end of the season you will see Jaleesa in the WAC final," Twiggs said.
"Overall there were some good openers and great PR'S," Jeffery said. "The performances this past weekend have left room for progression and the potential for a great season. My teammates and I had a lot of fun at this meet and there is still more excitement to come."