Track & Field Opens Outdoor Season at Davis
DAVIS, Calif. - A handful of members of the University of Nevada track & field team saw their first outdoor competition Saturday, traveling to the 2007 Aggie Open hosted by UC Davis at the Woody Wilson Track. No team scores were kept, but Nevada had some strong finishes amongst a field of more than 700 collegiate and open competitors.
Nevada’s field events had the highest number of top finishes on the day. The Wolf Pack’s ever-stellar throwers were led by freshman Emily Jacobsen (Bellevue, Wash.) who collected two top-five finishes. Jacobsen placed third in the shot put, with a mark of 41’7.25” and fourth in the hammer at 150’09”. Two other Pack freshmen placed in the top five behind Jacobsen in the shot put with Constance McAlman (Carson City, Nev.) fourth (40’10.5”) and Jaleesa Jeffery (Union City, Calif.) fifth (40’4.75”).
Not to let the freshmen get all the glory, junior Megan Lytle (Redmond, Ore.) came up big in the javelin. Lytle saw her first action of the season Saturday as being a primary javelin thrower, she doesn’t get the chance to compete during the indoor season. Lytle came out of the gate strong placing second with a throw of 139’02”. Senior BreeAnn Piva (Challis, Idaho) tied for second in the pole vault, a consistent finish for her, clearing a height of 11”11.75.
On the track, it was a pair of distance runners who got it done in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Transfer-sophomore Mandy Russ (Nelson, New Zealand) placed second in the event, clocking in at 11:48.52, while sophomore Tiffany Tandy (Henderson, Nev.) was fourth at 12:07.28. Complete results from the Aggie Open can be found at http://www.sml1.com/recordtiming/davis/aggie_open07/
The Wolf Pack will return to action when it travels to Sacramento, Calif. for the Hornet Invitational on Saturday, March 24.