Track and field opens season at Jackson Invite

Junior Demerey Kirsch at last season's MW Championships

Jan. 23, 2014

Reno, Nev. -


The University of Nevada track and field team will be opening the indoor season at the Jackson Invite hosted by Boise State University this Friday in Nampa, Idaho. Joining the Pack from the Mountain West will be Boise State and Utah State.


MW Championships:

Last year’s Wolf Pack team finished third behind San Diego State and New Mexico at the Mountain West Indoor Championships, and fifth at the Mountain West outdoor championships.

This week last season:

Last season the Pack opened up at the Jackson Open in December of 2012, nearly a full month earlier than their late January opening meet of this season. This weekend last year the team was in its third meet of the year, competing at the UW Invitational in Seattle, Wash.

Key returners:

Tanisha Hawkins ran a personal best 7.51 in the 60-meter dash, and finished in 5th place behind three of her teammates at last season’s MW Indoor Championships. She ran the second fastest 200-meter dash in school history with a time of 24:24, and also competed on the school record setting 4X400-meter relay team that finished with a time of 3:44.51 capping off the team’s great performances at the indoor championships.

Kashae Knox finished fourth in the 60-meter dash at the indoor championships last season with a time of 7.55. She holds the fourth fastest 60-meter dash time in school history and the eighth fastest 200-meter dash, with a time of 24.93.

Christina Smith clocked in with the second fastest 400-meter dash time in school history of 56.52 in the finals of the indoor championships finishing seventh overall. She was also the third runner on the school record setting 4X400-meter relay team that finished with a time of 3:44.51.



Samantha Diaz captured two top four finishes at the MW Indoor Championships in 2013 by finishing in third place in the mile with a time of 4:46.63, and fourth in the 3000-meter run with a time 9:42.50. Her 3000-meter time was faster than the previous MW record, and the second fastest time in Nevada school history. She also holds the second fastest mile time in school history at 4:42.46 and the eighth fastest 800-meter dash time of 2:13.33.

Kerri Simmons returns to the shot put ring this season after finishing third in the event at the indoor championships last season. Her personal best throw of 49’3” is second in school history. She was also the outdoor champion in the shot put last season, and qualified to compete at the NCAA Preliminary Championships.

Nicole Wadden recorded the fifth best pentathlon total as a freshman last season. She finished fourth at the indoor championships by peaking at the perfect time setting personal bests in three events.


Coach Twiggs, head coach, “There is so much excitement for the first meet. We want to start the season off with a bang. Our goal is to go out and have a cohesive meet. We want to execute and set ourselves up for the Mountain West Championships in six weeks.”

Coach Elias, distance, “We have been training really well, and I am excited to see what they can do. I expect them to compete tough. My goal for each one of them is to race well.”

Coach Williamson, multi/jumps, “We are very excited to get our first competition under our belt. We have a lot of new faces in the field event group, but some very talented kids that we expect big things out of as the season progresses.”


Results will be posted at in PDF format along with a recap of the event Sunday Evening.

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