Track and Field at UC Davis Saturday

RENO, Nev. - The University of Nevada track and field team will be at the UC Davis Classic Saturday for an all-day meet.

"Overall our goal is to improve and build off last weekend's performances," head coach Shantel Twiggs said.  "This weekend our distance runners will not be competing but instead will be home continuing with spring break training camp.  All-in-all this should be an exciting weekend, with more personal bests, and more marks to hit the national list."

Last weekend at the Aggie Open Cristina Hibbert ran the second fastest time in the nation this year in the 400m hurdles with a time of 60.79 while Gina Deckard ran the fourth fastest time in the nation this year in the 100m hurdles with a PR time of 13.98. Deckard was named WAC Track Athlete of the Week for her performance at the Aggie Open. 

"Although it is quite early, it was a great start to Cristina's quest for a bid to the NCAA final in Eugene, Oregon in June.  She ran easy, no pressing, just relaxed," Twiggs said.  "Gina is coming off her best indoor season yet and there is a lot more to see in the 100m hurdles.  She will have fierce competition this season, but has a great chance to make it through NCAA qualifying."

This weekend Hibbert will not be competing in the 400m hurdles but instead will run in the 400m, the 200m and the anchor of the A 4x100m relay team.  Deckard will be adding events this weekend as she is scheduled to complete in the 100m and 200m in addition to her best-event thus far outdoors, the 100m hurdles.    

Also this weekend, La Tijera Avery, who was Nevada's indoor MVP, will be competing in the long and high jumps - two events she found great success in during the indoor season.  In addition, pole vaulters Alicia Echavarria and Casey Gray will be competing this weekend. The pair finished neck and neck at the WAC Indoor Championships and last weekend at the Aggie Open as only misses separated them again. 

"April Pate had an amazing finish at the WAC Indoor Championships in the pentathlon and she has a true shot at score over 5,000 points in the multi," Twiggs said.  "She will working on honing her skills on her events as she prepares for the heptathlon.  Additionally, the surprise of the meet last weekend was Debbie Amoah.  She did not disappoint and looks to build on a great start to the outdoor season.  Her confidence is high and she wants to jump farther."

Up next for Nevada will be the UC Multis March 24-25 in Davis, Calif.



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