Wolf Pack off to a strong start

Track and field returns from Nampa, Idaho

Jan. 25, 2014

Nampa, Idaho -

The University of Nevada track and field team wrapped up competition at the Jackson Invite hosted by Boise State in Nampa, Idaho today. Nevada had 14 athletes finish in the top ten, collecting a total of 17 top ten finishes in the meet.

“We entered the meet coming off a great week of team training camp. In previous years this would have been our third or fourth meet of the season. We may be a few meets behind from a competition standpoint, but not from a performance standpoint!”Head Coach Shantel Twiggs remarked after the first day’s action, “The athletes are really getting after it, and most of the returners are ahead of where they were a year ago. As a coach you know great performances are coming.”

Junior Kashae Knox got things started for the Pack on day one with a 2nd place finish behind Nike represented Vashti Thomas in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.67. Freshman Fiyin Olusola had a terrific finish in the 60-meter hurdles coming in 5th with a time of 8.88 which ties the ninth fastest time in school history.

Knox followed up her 60-meter dash effort with a fourth place finish in the 200-meter dash. Her time of 24.80 is a new personal best, and also the 7th fastest time in school history. Finishing right behind her in the 200 was senior teammate Tanisha Hawkins whose time of 24.89 was good enough for 5th. Hawkins collected another top-five finish for the Pack with a 4th place finish in the 600-meter dash with a time of 1:41.56. Senior Mariah Gramolini wrapped up the meet for the sprints and middle distance group running a time of 2:15.88 which was good enough for third in the 800-meter dash.



Nevada’s distance crew performed well with sophomore Caitlin Devitt-Payne, sophomore Emily Myers, and Junior Demerey Kirsch all finishing in the top 10 of their events. Devitt-Payne finished 7th in the mile with a time of 5:06, Myers finished 3rd in the 3000-meter run with Kirsch right behind her in fourth. Myers time of 10:04.26 places her in 8th place on the Nevada All-Time list, while Kirsch’s time of 10:09.2 was just four seconds away from an All-Time Top-10 time.

Kerri Simmons improved on both her shot put and weight throw finishing second overall in the shot put with a mark of 49’-3.5”, a half inch improvement on her personal best indoor, and fourth overall in the weight throw with a mark of 55’-4.25” which moves her up to 6th on the Nevada All-Time list.

Sophomore Allison Powers collected a 7th place finish in the pole vault clearing a height of 11’-1.75”, while sophomore teammate Nicole Kennedy finished in ninth place with a vault of 10’-10”.

Three Nevada high jumpers finished in the top ten with freshman Leah Carter, junior Kinsey Minter, and sophomore Nicole Wadden all clearing a height of 5’3”. The difference in their finishes came down to the number of fouls leading prior to successfully clearing the bar.

“Overall we still have some work to do to get where we want to go.” Head Coach Twiggs said after the meet, “We are still getting into race shape, but we are very encouraged about the future!”

The Pack travels to Albuquerque, N.M. February 6th to compete in the New Mexico Collegiate Track & Field/Multi Classic.

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