Feb. 24, 2014
Reno, Nev. -
The University of Nevada track and field team will be traveling to the Mountain West Indoor Championships hosted by Air Force Academy. The meet will be held in the Cadet Field House on the Air Force Academy campus in Colorado Springs, Colo.
GOVERNOR'S SERIES PRESENTED BY NV ENERGY
Competing against rival UNLV, three Governor's Series points will be up for grabs for the Wolf Pack this weekend. A win in head-to-head competitions is worth three points, and in the event of a tie the points will be split 1.5 to each school. UNLV currently leads the series nine to three.
WHO TO WATCH FOR
The Pack has four student-athletes who have finished with seven Mountain West top-10 performances this season. In addition seven student-athletes have set or improved on Nevada all-time top-10 event performances this season.
Kashae Knox ran the second fastest 60-meter dash among Mountain West student-athletes this season with a time of 7.51 seconds at the UW Husky Classic. Her time tied the third fastest time in school history and only trails Kereston Thomas from Wyoming in the Mountain West. Knox has also run the Mountain West's eighth fastest 200-meter dash this season with a time of 24.80 seconds at Jacksons Invite. Her 200-meter time was the seventh fastest in Nevada school history.
Tanisha Hawkins has posted the eighth fastest Mountain West time in the 60-meter this season with a time of 7.60 seconds. Hawkins' finish of 24.89 in the 200-meter dash at the Jacksons Invite was the 11th fastest time in the Mountain West this season.
Emily Myers posted the seventh best time among Mountain West competitors in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 9:55.52 at the UW Husky Classic. Her time was the fifth fastest in school history.
Senior Kerri Simmons holds the second best mark in school history for both the shot put and weight throw after strong performances this season. Her personal best indoor mark of 49'3.5" in the shot put is the sixth best in the conference this season, while her weight throw mark of 60'7.75" is the 10th best Mountain West mark on the season.
Freshman Fiyin Olusola cracked the Nevada all-time top-10 list in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.88 seconds at the Jacksons Invite. Her time is the 11th best in the conference, and the third best time run by a freshman in the event this season.
THOUGHTS FROM THE COACHES
Kirk Elias, distance:
"Our training has gone well. The distance crew is ready to help the team and is ready for some big performances."
Scott Williamson, field:
"We have a lot of young quality student-athletes who can surprise some people. Kerri Simmons is a strong senior and she is ready to compete for a couple of championships."
Shantel Twiggs, head coach:
"Our goal for the MWC Indoor Championships is to have the best day we can have, three days in a row! We want to get after it on the track and in the field, and everyone is excited to do their best. We have several athletes with a shot at winning a Mountain West Indoor Championship title. We have been training really well the last couple of weeks and are looking forward to performing well. We know that if we focus on executing, everything else will fall into place."
A meet schedule with start times can be found at:
Live results for the meet can be found throughout the weekend at:
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