April 29, 2013
DES MOINES, Iowa – The Nevada 4x100 relay team made school history in front of a national television audience, breaking the 45-second mark at the Drake Relays.
With the event televised on ESPN2, the quartet of Samantha Calhoun, Angelica Earls, Tanisha Hawkins, and Kashae Knox finished with a time of 44.92, setting a school record and finishing in fourth place. Running against its toughest competition of the year, the team missed a podium finish by just .29 seconds despite running the fastest 4x100 among all teams in the Mountain West Conference this season.
“We need to work on hand-offs, but we know it’s there, head coach Shantel Twiggs said. “These young ladies represented Nevada with class.”
Competing on Friday, before their record setting 4x100 performance, the same four raced their first-ever 4x200 and finished in second place with a time of 1:37.21. Their race was the highlight of a cold and windy Friday evening as senior Kerri Simmons finished in 10th place in the shot put and senior La Tijera Avery finished in 10th place in the high jump.
The Pack now has a week and a half to prepare for the Mountain West Championships in Las Vegas beginning May 8th.