Track and field gears up for outdoor season
March 12, 2014
Reno, Nev. -
The University of Nevada track and field team will be traveling to the Aggie Open hosted by UC Davis in Davis, Calif. this weekend. The Pack is starting their outdoor season a week earlier than last season, and hoping to build off key performances at the Mountain West Indoor Championships two weeks ago.
A LOOK BACK AT LAST SEASON
This week last season:
Last season the Pack opened up at the Hornet Invite on the campus of Sacramento State in Sacramento, Calif. The team started hot with a 4x100-meter relay team made up of then senior Samantha Calhoun, senior Angelica Earls, junior Tanisha Hawkins, and sophomore Kashae Knox finishing in first place with what was at the time a school record of 45.18. That group would continue to compete together throughout the season eventually qualifying for nationals and running a school record time of 44.37. Hawkins is currently ninth all time in school history in the 100-meter dash, and third in the 200-meter dash. Knox holds the fourth fastest 100-meter dash time in school history and the fifth fastest 200-meter dash time in school history.
Current senior Samantha Diaz competed in the 3,000 meter steeplechase winning with a time of 10:50.72 in last season’s first meet. Diaz currently holds the school record in the 1,500-meter run, has run the fourth fastest 800-meter dash time, and also holds the 6th fastest 3,000-meter steeplechase time.
As a junior Kerri Simmons finished in second place in the shot put at Pack’s opening competition. Simmons finished last season recording the tenth best hammer throw in school history and set the school record in the shot put and qualified for nationals.
Nicole Wadden, Christina Smith, Shanee Martin, Mariah Gramolini, and Baylee Hearns also competed for the Wolf Pack on the opening day of the 2013 outdoor season. Wadden finished third in the Javelin at the Hornet Invite while Martin, Smith, Gramolini and Hearns competed in the 4x400-meter relay and finished third.
THOUGHTS FROM THE COACHES
Coach Twiggs, head coach, “The Aggie Open is a great way to provide our athletes a chance to get their feet wet in the outdoor season. It is a great transition meet to identify and work out technical kinks. Although we will not be sending a full squad, it will be a great opportunity for all those competing.”
Coach Elias, distance, “Our squad was pleased with the way they raced during the indoor season, and we have been pleased with how we have been training lately, and I anticipate that we will continue to train well. For this weekend, I am excited to see Kirsch and Diaz in the steeplechase.”
Coach Williamson, multi/jumps, “The experience we got from the indoor season has helped a ton, especially with our high jumpers. Right now most of our athletes are in a heavy workout phase, and to an extent we will be training through this meet, but we should compete well.”
Results will be posted at Nevadawolfpack.com in .pdf format along with a recap of the daily event each day after the action.
Scheduled for the first weekend in April, the Wolf Pack track & field team will be sending student-athletes to compete at a pair of competitions in the bay area. The San Francisco State Distance Carnival and the Stanford Invitational are both slated to kick off on Thursday, April 3rd.