Track & Field Signs Two for 2012 Season
RENO, Nev. - University of Nevada track & field coach Shantel Twiggs announced the first two student-athletes who have signed National Letters of Intent for the 2012 season. Tanisha Hawkins and Kashae Knox will highlight Nevada's 2012 class that the coaching staff is currently working on finalizing.
Hawkins is a junior college transfer from Long Beach, Calif. She graduated from Long Beach Poly High School in 2008 and enrolled at Cerritos Junior College and will graduate with her associate's degree this spring. At Cerritos she is second on the school's all-time lists in both the 200- and 400-meters. She won the 400m at the California Junior College State Meet in 2010 and was third in the 200-meters.
At Long Beach Poly High School she was a member of the CIF Championship teams as a freshman and senior. During her high school career she was also on the honor roll and spent a season on the swimming team.
"I've been recruiting Tanisha out of high school and I've been waiting for the day when we got her signed for the last couple of years," Twiggs said. "She ran really well last season and will be an immediate threat for us both in the Western Athletic and Mountain West Conferences. She strengthens our team in both the short and long sprints. She adds so much to our team both in athleticism and with her quality character as a person."
Knox is another sprinter and a 2010 graduate of Pleasant Grove High School in Elk Grove, Calif. As a senior, she won the 100- and 200-meters at the San Joaquin Division I finals and finished third in the 100m at the San Joaquin Masters. During that year she won the 100m at 10 of the 15 and in the 200m at seven of the nine meets in which she competed.
"Kashae really puts an exclamation point on our sprinters corps for next season," Twiggs said. "We are very excited to have both of these young women as members of the Wolf Pack family. She has WAC Freshman of the Year potential and will be a major player for us in any conference. Kashae has all the athletic tools to a national lever sprinter, but it is her work ethic and academic commitment that makes us so excited to have her as a member of our team.