Feb. 8, 2014
Albuquerque, N.M. -
Nevada track and field members Kerri Simmons and Tanisha Hawkins were impressive in the first day of the New Mexico Classic as both finished in the top five in their events, and both moved up the Nevada All-Time Top-Ten lists.
Senior Kerri Simmons finished second in the women’s weighted throw behind Sara Savatovic from Kansas State with a mark of 60’7.5”. The throw by Simmons was the second best in school history, just 2.5 inches off the mark set by Janine Bodo in 2006.
Junior Tanisha Hawkins opened up competition in the 400-meter dash and turned in a time of 56.61 to finish in 4th place. LaSasha Aldredge running unattached won the race with a time of 55.25, followed by Jordan Matthews and Sarah Kolmer of Kansas State. Hawkins time ties the 5th fastest time in school history set by Michelle Christiansen in 1991
Wolf Pack sprinters will be in action on Saturday as Tanisha Hawkins and Kashae Knox will compete in the 60-meter dash and the 200-meter dash. Hawkins has previously run the third fastest 60-meter dash and the second fastest 200-meter dash in school history, while Knox has turned in the fourth fastest 60-meter dash and seventh fastest 200-meter dash time in school history.
Kerri Simmons still has the shot put remaining for the weekend, an event she has dominated as of late. She will have another crack at the top mark in school history, she currently has the second best mark in school history just 6 inches short of the school record.
THOUGHTS FROM COACH TWIGGS
“Simmon’s had a pretty amazing series of throws and has the potential to throw so much farther. On the track Tanisha is still getting in race shape, and as we continue sharpen up, she will have a chance to run for the school record. It’s no doubt a tall order for her, but she's focused and ready.” -Head coach Shantel Twiggs.