May 2, 2012
RENO, Nev. -
The Nevada Wolf Pack tuned up for the WAC Championships at the Brutus Hamilton Open and Invitational on Friday and Saturday at Cal in spectacular spring time weather. The Wolf Pack made the most of the conditions grabbing a couple of conference leading marks and several PRs (personal records).
Danielle Stallworth/Sr and Mariah Gramolini/So took over the WAC lead in their respective events with major PRs. Stallworth, a product of McQueen HS/Reno, NV, launched a rocket on her final attempt in the Javelin which speared the ground in a conference leading 45.49m/149’ 3”. Her new PR is a more than 2 meters/6.5 ft further than her old PR, which she set last year at the WAC Championships. Senior Sarah Nichols took third in the Javelin behind Stallworth with 43.38m/142’ 4”.
Gramolini who competed in the 2A Nevada high school division (the second smallest of four divisions) for Silver Stage HS/Stagecoach, NV garnered her first collegiate win with an assertive stretch run in the 800. The win exemplifies the confidence gains she has made in her sophomore year at Nevada. Running a tactically brilliant race, Gramolini sat in third or fourth most of the race, drafting, staying out of trouble in the tightly bunched pack. While others jockeyed for position throughout, wasting energy, the yearling calmly bided her time, not moving into second until 150 to go. Her big move up the homestretch gave her the victory over athletes from Stanford, Virgina Tech, and Cal. Her time of 2:08.38 leads the WAC by 1.4 seconds and is the latest in a series of major improvements over the last month that have seen her PR drop by over 4 seconds.
Gramolini also took part in the 4 X 400 Relay, which notched a season’s best 3:49.70 taking third. Shanee Martin lead off with her best split in 57.0, Gramolini followed with 55.6, over a second better than her previous best, Aislynn Mueller followed with 57.3, also her fastest, and Anne Underwood anchored with 59.6, a best for her.
Martin/So and Underwood/So also had good individual event performances. Martin improved her 400 PR to 57.15 taking second in the Friday Open. Underwood, like Gramolini, recorded her first collegiate win in taking the Friday Open section of the 800 in 2:17.09, a new PR.
Jenifer McEntire/Sr lopped 13 seconds off her 3000 steeplechase PR, taking second in 10:59.33. Running relaxed, the Clovis East HS/Clovis, CA grad displayed some real maturity, at times drafting, at other times pushing the pace when it lagged. Her time moves her to fourth on the WAC performance list.
Freshman Kashae Knox gradually lowered her collegiate best in the 100 with her prelim time of 12.01. She followed that up with an 11.99 to take eighth in the final. Ahead of Knox, in third place, was redshirting Samantha Calhoun with a PR 11.57.
The 4 X 100 Relay also secured a season’s best running 48.25. The squad consisted of Alexa Anderson, Aislynn Mueller, Shanee Martin, and Anita Momodu.
The WAC Championships are next on the schedule for the Wolf Pack. They will take place on an unusual Tuesday-Friday schedule, May 8-11 in Moscow, ID at the University of Idaho.