Outdoor season off to a strong start
March 15, 2014
Davis, Calif. -
Nevada track and field competed at UC Davis in the Aggie Open to kick off the 2014 outdoor season. The Wolf Pack finished in third place with 75.5 points. UC Davis won the meet followed by Sacramento State.
Senior Samantha Diaz finished in first place in the 2,000-meter steeplechase with junior teammate Demerey Kirsch in second place. Diaz crossed the line with a time of 7:02.86 to earn 10 points, while Kirsch finished with a time of 7:09.51 and grabbed eight points for the Pack.
The Pack had two athletes finish in scoring positions earning a total of 10 points in the 800-meter dash. Anne Underwood finished in third place with a time of 2:16.79, earning six points for the Pack, and freshman Reighan Fisher's time of 2:19.43 was good enough for a fifth place finish and four points.
Senior Kerri Simmons moved her name closer to the top of another Nevada All-Time Top-Ten list as she finished in second place in the hammer throw with a mark of 172'0.5". Her mark gained eight points for Nevada, and is the seventh best in school history. Kennedy Hall missed finishing in scoring position by three inches in the hammer, as she finished in ninth place with a mark of 149'7". Hall also finished in ninth place in the shot put with a mark of 39'3.25".
The Wolf Pack swept second, third, and fourth place in the javelin as Raffaela Wiesbeck grabbed eight points with her second place mark of 146'2", Alyssa Zunino finished in third with a mark of 136'5" earning six points for the Pack, and Savanna Haverfield earned five points with her fourth place finish after throwing the javelin 117'11".
Adding 14 points for Nevada in the high jump were sophomore Kinsey Minter and freshman Leah Carter. Minter won the event, earning ten points, by clearing a height of 5'7" and Carter finished in fifth place to add four points to the Wolf Pack total after clearing a height of 5'3"
Senior Pole Vaulter Caitlin Own cleared a height of 10'11.75" to tie for seventh place and add 1.5 points to total for Nevada.
Nevada finished third out of 15 competing schools with 75.5 points. UC Davis won the meet with a total of 248 points followed by Sacramento State with 129.5 points.
THOUGHTS FROM COACH TWIGGS
"Although we are still training hard and learning as we prepare for the season, we had some very encouraging performances. Sam and Demerey in the steeplechase will be a force to be reckoned with in the MW. They are looking to be national qualifiers and off to a great start. Kinsey Minter opened the outdoor season with a personal best in the high jump and the win. Kerri Simmons continues to improve as she threw the seventh best mark in school history in the hammer throw finishing in second place. Also finishing in second place was Raffaela Wiesbeck in the javelin with a mark of 146’2”. Finishing in Anne Underwood in her season debut ran 2:16.79 in the 800-meter, good for third place and a personal best mark. The competition provided us a test to let us know where we are and how far we have to go, and we could see that we are headed in the right direction," Head Coach Shantel Twiggs.