March 1, 2014
Colorado Springs, Colo. -
The University of Nevada track and field team wrapped up the Mountain West Indoor Championships hosted by Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The Pack finished in 10th place overall with 32 points.
GOVERNOR'S SERIES PRESENTED BY NV ENERGY
Three points were awarded to UNLV who finished in eighth place, two places ahead of the Wolf Pack. UNLV now leads the series 12 to 6.
Emily Myers picked up the first six points of the meet for the pack in the 5,000 meter run held on Friday. Myers finished in third place behind Holly Page, and Audra Destefano of Wyoming. Backing up her Friday performance, Myers earned an eighth place finish in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 10:20.40 on the last day of competition to pick up one more point for the Pack.
The Wolf Pack distance medley relay team finished in first place to add ten points to the Pack's total score Friday afternoon. The team consisted of junior Caitlin Devitt-Payne, freshman Summer Leimberger, senior Mariah Gramolini, and senior Samantha Diaz beat out second place New Mexico and host school Air Force to give the Wolf Pack their first event championship of the meet.
Samantha Diaz was back in action on Saturday competing in the finals of the women's one mile run. The senior came into the race seeded fourth after Friday's preliminary round, and held strong to finish with a time of 5:06.85, good enough for fourth place and add five points to the Wolf Pack total.
Senior Tanisha Hawkins finished in seventh place in the 60-meter dash finals with a time of 7.58. Her seventh place finish earned two points for the Wolf Pack.
Freshman Leah Carter finished in sixth place in the high jump by clearing a height of 5'7.25". Her mark earned three points for the Pack, and also tied the 10th best jump in school history.
Senior thrower Kerri Simmons finished in fourth place in the shot put with a mark of 50'6". Her throw set a new school record for the event and collected five points for the Wolf Pack.
THOUGHTS FROM COACH TWIGGS
"It was an up and down weekend, but I loved the way we competed. We got great performances all around with Kerri Simmons setting a new school record and freshman Leah Carter stepping up big time in the high jump. I'm proud of my team!" Head Coach Shantel Twiggs.
Nevada finished in 10th place with 32 points. New Mexico won the meet with 148.5 points followed by Wyoming (84 points) and San Diego State (75 points).