Jan. 27, 2014
Reno, Nev. -
The latest opening date to an indoor track and field season by several weeks saw the long marinating 2014 Nevada Wolf Pack track and field team turn in some spicy performances. Emerging hot from the oven at the right time for Boise State's Jackson invite, the Wolf Pack had 17 top 8 finishes (the top 8 are the scoring places in a collegiate track meet with more than 4 teams), 5 performances that changed Nevada's All Time Indoor List, and scads (a highly technical T&F term to describe an almost uncountable number) of PRs (personal records).
Senior Kerri Simmons, senior Tanisha Hawkins, and junior Kashe Knox were the only members of the Wolf Pack to score in two individual events. Waiting until the finals of both the Weight Throw and Shot Put, Simmons unloaded PR, All Time list tosses of 55' 4.25"/16.87m and 49' 3.5"/15.02m that earned her 4th and 2nd place respectively. Knox took 2nd in the 60 in 6.58, only .06 off her PR. Her 4th place finish in the 200 of 24.80 was a PR and moved her up on the All Time List. She finished just ahead of Hawkins who was 5th in 24.89. With a strong run up the home stretch, Hawkins took 4th in the 600 in 1:41.56.
Like Hawkins, Mariah Gramolini/Sr had a great final lap to record her fastest opener in the 800 taking 3rd place in 2:15.88. Freshman Emily Myers recorded a PR and made her way onto the All Time List with a gutsy battle that saw her show some racing chops, recording a 10:04.26 to cross the finish line in third in the 3000. Behind her, junior Demerey Kirsch also notched a PR with her 4th place finish in 10:09.02.
Earning 5th place in their respective events were three freshman. Anna DuBois made an auspicious entry to collegiate competition with a massive 2 foot/60cm PR in the Shot Put. With a high school PR of 42'5", Dubois squeaked into the final with a toss of just over 41'. Following Simmons' heroics in the finals, Dubois exploded out to 44' 7.5"/13.60m. Under the proverbial radar in high school, Fi Olusola will start to appear on the Mountain West Conference radar as she grabbed her 5th place with a PR and All Time List run over the 60 Hurdles in 8.88. Leah Carter cleared 5' 3"/1.60m with fewer misses than her two teammates to notch her 5th place finish. Sophomore Kinsie Minter was 8th clearing the same height.
Scoring 6th was the Distance Medley Relay of Caitlin Devitt-Payne/So, Summer Leimberger/Fr, Reighan Fisher/Fr, and Erika Root/Fr. Allison Powers/So cleared 11' 1 1.75"/3.40m in the Pole Vault for 7th. Devitt-Payne's 5:06.08 in the Mile was good for another 7th place. Leimberger nabbed a PR with 2:22.60 which rounded out Nevada's scoring with her 7th in the 800.
As there were 5 Division I squads and many unattached post-collegians amongst the dozen competing teams at the Jackson Invite, the team scores are scheduled to be released by Boise State on Tuesday.
The Wolf Pack will have next weekend off before splitting the squad the weekend of February 8th. Simmons, Knox, and Hawkins will compete at New Mexico's Don Kirby Invitational. The rest of those competing will be at Boise State's Bronco Invitational. Many of Nevada's top distance runners will train through that weekend preparing for the Feb 14-15th Husky Invite at the University of Washington.
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Head Cross Country/Assistant Track and Field Coach