April 4, 2014
San Francisco, Calif. & Stanford, Calif. -
The Wolf Pack track and field team performed well on the opening day of both the San Francisco State Distance Carnival and the Stanford Invite. The Pack picked up five top-ten finishes with two student-athletes winning their events. Two student-athletes moved onto Nevada All-Time Top-Ten lists with their performances on Friday, and one student-athlete improved a personal best to move closer to the top of a Nevada All-Time Top-Ten performance list.
Senior Kerri Simmons, competing at the Stanford Invite, won the invitational section of the women’s shot put with a mark of 50’5.50” on her third throw of the day. This was the first competition of the outdoor season for Simmons.
Across the Bay at the San Francisco Distance Carnival sophomore Emily Myers won the 5,000-meter run with a time of 16:43.50. This was the first 5,000-meter run of the outdoor season for Myers, and is the third fastest time in program history.
Collecting another top ten finish at the San Francisco State Distance Carnival was sophomore Caitlin Devitt-Payne in the women’s 1,500-meter run. Devitte-Payne’s time of 4:37.25 was good enough for 10th place, and is just 2.78 seconds away from the 10th best time in program history.
Two Nevada pole vaulters joined Devitt-Payne and Myers with strong performances at the San Francisco State Distance Carnival to provide a powerful field presence for the Wolf Pack. Alison Powers cleared a height of 11’2.25” for a seventh place finish and senior Caitlin Owen finished in 10th place by clearing a height of 10’2.5”.
Junior Demerey Kirsch finished in fifth place in the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase at the Stanford Invite with the second best time in program history, 10:28.57. The best steeplechase time in program history belongs to April FitzGerald who ran a time of 10:28.34 in 2004. Kirsch’s time was a 10 second improvement on her personal best time turned in last year.
Competing in the invitational section of the women’s javelin throw at the Stanford Invite Raffaela Wiesbeck threw for a mark of 149’6” to finish in fifth place. Wiesbeck’s mark moves her onto the Nevada All-Time Top-Ten list for the first time in her career with the Pack.
THOUGHTS FROM COACH TWIGGS:
“We had a plethora of personal bests and are looking forwards to the second day of competition. The athletes are working hard and their efforts are paying off. We are all really proud of how everyone has competed thus far, and we believe tomorrow will bring even more great performances,” Head Coach Shantel Twiggs.