Track and Field sets sights on Mid-Major Challenge

Kirsch at MW Indoor Championships

April 10, 2014

Reno, Nev. -


The University of Nevada track and field team is competing at the Mondo Mid-Major Challenge hosted by Sacramento State University in Sacramento, Calif.   Action will begin Thursday, April 10th and will conclude Saturday, April 12th. 


This week last season:

The Pack competed in the Mondo Mid-Major Challenge this weekend a year ago and finished sixth overall with BYU winning followed by Sacramento State and UC Davis.

Kerri Simmons won the shot put with a mark that nearly set the school record. As a junior last year she would go on to set the school record in the shot put, and qualify for nationals as the MW shot put champion.

Nevada also received great performances from current graduate La Tijera Avery who won the long jump, and finished second in the high jump.

On the track in the 200-meter dash, seniors Samantha Calhoun and Angelica Earls turned in strong performances to reach the podium finishing in second and third place respectively.


Coach Twiggs, head coach, “Although we have a few athletes out this week, we are looking to improve on last week’s performances.  At our last outing, Kerri Simmons, Demerey Kirsch, Emily Myers, and Raffy Wiesbeck were able to put together marks to put them at the top or among the top in the MW and NCAA West Region.  Their performances were amazing and represented us well.”



Coach Elias, distance, “The team likes what’s going on. The athletes are having fun and racing well, and it builds confidence.  We are giving everyone a shot at racing well this weekend and making our traveling team for the conference championships.”

Coach Williamson, multi/jumps, “We have a lot of athletes who will be training through this weekend, and are looking forwards to big competitions the following week.  This weekend does provide our athletes an opportunity to get in more races, think towards the conference championships, and get a chance to make our traveling team for the conference championships.  It will be a great opportunity for our younger athletes.”


Results will be posted at in .pdf format along with a recap of the daily event each day after the action.


The Middle of April will be busy for the Pack as the Mt. SAC Relays kick off April 16th and continue through April 19th.  Nevada will also be competing at the Clay Invite hosted by Azusa Pacific University on April 18th, and the Beach Invitational hosted by Long Beach State April 19th.

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