Feb. 5, 2014
Reno, Nev. -
The University of Nevada track and field team will be on the road for two meets this weekend heading to Albuquerque, N.M. for the New Mexico Collegiate Track & Field/Multi Classic starting Friday, February 7th, and the Bronco Invitational hosted by Boise State in Nampa, Idaho.
A LOOK BACK AT LAST SEASON
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:
The Pack had athletes traveling to two meets this weekend last season, the Boise State Team Challenge in Nampa, Idaho, and the Tyson Invitational hosted by the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark.
Boise State Team Challenge:
As a junior Tanisha Hawkins won the 200-meter dash, while sophomore at the time Kashae Knox won the 60-meter sprint. Mariah Gramolini placed second in the 800-meter dash and Nicole Wadden finished third in the 60-meter hurdles. In relay events the Pack returned with a second place finish in the 4X400-meter relay and a first place finish in the distance medley.
The Wolf Pack dominated field events at the meet with a podium sweep of the pole vault by senior Casey Gray, freshman Alison Powers, and sophomore Nicole Kennedy all clearing a height of 3.50m. As a junior Kerri Simmons won the shot put and weighted throw events, and Kennedy Hall took third in the weighted throw as a freshman.
Two school records were set at the Tyson Invitational a year ago with Angelica Earls winning the 60-meter dash as a senior with a time of 7.43, and senior Deborah Amoah jumping 41'6" to win the triple jump.
KEY PERFORMANCES LAST MEET
Tanisha Hawkins finished fifth in the 200-meter dash at the Jackson Invite hosted by Boise State on Jan. 24th in Nampa, Idaho. She also finished in fourth place in the 600-meter dash with a time of 1:41.56.
Kashae Knox recorded a second place finish in the 60-meter dash at the Jackson Invite.
Fiyin Olusola tied the ninth fastest 60-meter hurdle time in school history as a freshman at the Jackson Invite when she clocked in with a time of 8.88, good enough for fifth overall.
Caitlin Devitt-Payne finished 7th in the mile at the Jackson Invite with a time of 5:06.
Emily Myers recorded a third place finish in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 10:04.24 which is the 8th fastest time in school history.
Demery Kirsch finished in 4th place in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 10:09.2.
Kerri Simmons improved on both her shot put and weight throw at the Jackson Invite, 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.
Nicole Wadden just missed a top ten finish in the pentathlon at the UW Invitational this last weekend. The sophomore recorded a second place finish among pentathlon competitors in the 800-meter dash, her highest finish in the five events that make up the pentathlon.
THOUGHTS FROM THE COACHES
Coach Twiggs, head coach, "The team is feeling pretty good overall after a two week break, and is ready for another competition. Three athletes will be heading to New Mexico; Kashae Knox, Tanisha Hawkins, and Kerri Simmons, and the rest will be heading to the Bronco Invitational. We have been coming along, and are still trying to work out the kinks. Kerri (Simmons) continues to improve and wants more as the defending conference champion. Her goal is to be a double threat at MW Championships. We just want more opportunities to compete and prepare for the conference championships at this point in the season."
Results will be posted at Nevadawolfpack.com in PDF format along with a recap of the event Sunday Evening.