Feb. 9, 2014
Albuquerque, N.M. & Nampa, Idaho -
Nevada track and field wrapped up competition at the New Mexico Classic hosted by New Mexico in Albuquerque, N.M., and the Bronco Invite hosted by Boise State in Nampa, Idaho.
New Mexico Classic:
On the second day of action in New Mexico the Pack got off to a hot start with sophomore Kashae Knox finishing in 8th place in the 60-meter dash preliminary round with teammate Tanisha Hawkins right behind her in 9th place. Knox qualified for the final round of the 60-meter dash where she finished in 7th place with a time of 7.51. Her time knocks .01 seconds off of her personal best, and ties her for 3rd place All-Time in school history with junior Tanisha Hawkins. Knox also finished in 11th place with a time of 24.82 to round out her weekend. Hawkins 9th place finish capped off her weekend which saw her run a time of 56.61 to finish in 4th place in the 400-meter dash on day 1.
After throwing 60’7.5” to finish second in the women’s weighted throw on the first day of competition, senior Kerri Simmons finished in 5th place in the shot put with a throw of 49’5”. Her shot put mark is her personal best, and the second best indoor mark in school history.
The pack competed well at the Bronco Invite picking up 9 top ten finishes and four top five finishes.
Freshman Fiyin Olusola and sophomore Anita Momodu both started the day off quick for the Pack by finishing in the top ten of the 60-meter dash preliminary round. Olusola finished in 7th place to move on to the final round where she collected a 6th place finish with a time of 7.87. Momodu finished in 9th place in the preliminary round with a time of 7.96.
Olusola also qualified for the finals in the 60-meter hurdles alongside freshman teammate Megan Parsons. In the preliminary round Olusola finished in 6th place with a time of 9.04 while Parsons finished in 8th place with a time of 9.17. In the finals Olusola finished in 5th place with a time of 9.00, but Parsons false started and was disqualified.
Mariah Gramolini grabbed a 7th place finish in the 800-meter dash with a time of 2:14.48. Just missing a top ten finish was Summer Leimberger competing in her first indoor track meet who finished in 13th place in the 800-meter dash with a time of 2:18.91
Senior Julie Pedersen ran a time of 5:04.61 in the mile for a third place finish behind first place Rici Morrill running unattached for Boise State and second place Meaghan Nelson running for the Boise Elite running club. Finishing in 5th place in the mile with a time of 5:08.27 was sophomore Erika Root.
In the 3,000-meter dash freshman Laura Palacios finished just outside the top 10 with a 12th place finish and a time of 11:02.77.
Kinsey Minter finished in third place clearing a height of 5’5” in the high jump behind conference foes Rachel Orr of Utah State and Jordan Ward of Boise State.
Rounding out a day of impressive freshman performances Anna DuBois threw the shot for a mark of 49’9” to finish in 8th place. Her mark is just half an inch short of the tenth best mark in school history for the shot put.
THOUGHTS FROM COACH TWIGGS
“Day 2 of the New Mexico Classic finished with 2 top 5 performances and a personal best. Kashae Knox hit a personal best with a 5th place in the 60m dash with a time of 7.51 while Tanisha Hawkins ran her first 60 of season in s time of 7.58 just missing the final. We are still working out some techincal kinks but making serious strides. They are really pulling things together and we are confident that they can run faster.”
“Kerri Simmons finished 2nd in the shot put, and we see the big throws she has been looking for right around the corner. I was very proud of how she competed in a very difficult competition against great athletes.”
“The girls did a great job representing Nevada and now we will be back in Reno to get in a day or two of training before heading to the University of Washington's Huskie Classic.” -Head coach Shantel Twiggs.