Feb. 25, 2013
RENO, Nev. -
On a weekend where nearly everything clicked for the Wolf Pack, Nevada scored in 13 of 17 events in an inspired team wide effort that saw the Pack gnaw away at the form charts to finish third in the nine team Mountain West Indoor Championship. Led by a dominant sprint performance, which included 23 points in the 60 meters, the Nevada Wolf Pack scored 86 points in their inaugural Mountain West campaign.
Nevada's biggest point production came from putting four into the eight woman 60 meter final. The Friday prelim heats saw Samantha Calhoun and Tanisha Hawkins PR in 7.45 and 7.51 respectively to advance to the Saturday final. They were joined by school record holder Angelica Earls, who also sped to a 7.45 clocking. Kashae Knox hit 7.55 to round out the silver and blue clad finalists. The Friday 60 prelim performance was punctuated by the PR of Anita Momodu who slashed her best from 7.77 to 7.63 to finish ninth, almost giving Nevada five finalists. Saturday's finals saw Earls lead her teammates across the finish line in a near blanket finish, notching times of 7.46, 7.55 (Calhoun), 7.55 (Knox), and 7.57 (Hawkins) to take second, third, fourth, and fifth places.
Earls, Hawkins, and Calhoun returned in the 200 final to score another 13 points. Hawkins briefly set the school record, running 24.24 in the first of the two-heat final, placing fifth overall. Earls slipped under the new record in the second heat with 24.22, taking third overall. Calhoun recorded a 24.51 for sixth.
Senior workhorse Debbie Amoah scored in three events grabbing valuable points in the 60 Hurdles (seventh-8.70) and Long Jump (fourth-19'4.75”/5.91m), before closing out the weekend with a PR tying Triple Jump of 41'6"/12.65m that captured second.
Samantha Diaz stepped onto the track Saturday knowing she had two titanic battles in front of her. First, Nevada's middle distance specialist tussled with a great field over the iconic distance of a mile, finishing third in 4:46.63. Less than two hours later, the junior returned in the 3000 to face a battle royale with thirty entrants who were all trying to capture the last points available to the teams prior to the 4 x 400 relay. In spite of a last 600 that looked a bit like an old-fashioned roller derby, the junior slashed her PR by over 14 seconds sliding around and through lapped runners to finish fourth in 9:42.50. To give an indication of the level of competition, all of the top four finished under the old Mountain West Indoor Championship record.
Three juniors added valuable points to help the cause. Kerri Simmons took third in the Shot Put, tossing 49'2.5"/15.00m just off her recent PR of 49’3/15.01m. Seeded twelfth, Mariah Gramolini's 2:12.24 took fourth in the 800. Also upsetting the form charts, Christina Smith ran the two best indoor times of her life in the 400 prelim and final to place seventh in 56.52.
Thursday's pentathlon helped get the team rolling as freshmen Nicole Wadden and Shannon Forman each collected three individual event PRs on the way to establishing new Pentathlon PRs. Wadden's 3586 points was a 107 point PR that helped her open the scoring for Nevada, finishing fourth. Forman’s finished tenth with a 120 point PR that left her just 35 points shy of scoring.
As the grand finale relay approached, Nevada's 4 x 400 squad knew that they only had to score one point (an eight place finish) to guarantee the team enough points to finish third overall. Not content to let the Wolf Pack gently ease to third in the team standings, Tanisha Hawkins, Sam Calhoun, Christina Smith, and Angelica Earls put an emphatic stamp on the Nevada championship performance. With legs of 57.0, 55.8, 55.5, and 56.2 the relay walloped the school record by a stunning 4 seconds to win their heat, finishing fourth overall in 3.44.51. The bravura performance had their teammates howling alongside the track.
Except for an athlete or two who may take a shot at an National Indoor Last Chance Qualifying meet this next weekend, the Wolf Pack will spend the next two weeks preparing for the start of the outdoor season, Saturday, March 9th at UC-Davis’Aggie Open. The Pack hopes to build on the momentum gained indoors as several scoring athletes return to the line-up including 6’/1.83m high jumper La Tijera Avery, Heptathlete/Hurdler April Pate, and distance runner Demerey Kirsch.
San Diego St 123, New Mexico 103, Nevada 86, Boise St 77.33, UNLV 66, Air Force 59.33, Colorado St 57.33, Wyoming 53, Fresno St 38
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