May 8, 2012
RENO, Nev. -
The University of Nevada track and field team will head to Moscow, Idaho to participate in the 2012 Western Athletic Conference Outdoor Championships. The event will be hosted by the University of Idaho at the Dan O’Brien Track and Field Complex beginning Tuesday, May 8th and concluding Friday, May 11th.
2011 WAC OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS REWIND
Nevada finished third at the 2011 WAC Outdoor Championships behind Utah State and Louisiana Tech who won its seventh-straight championship. That finish marked the third time Nevada has finished third at the WAC Outdoor Championships since joining the conference in 2000. The Wolf Pack has been in the top-three of the meet six times in the span, claiming third in 2002 and 2004 and second in 2001, 2003, 2007 and 2009. Nevada has never won a WAC outdoor title.
2012 OUTDOOR REGULAR SEASON FINALE RECAP
The team ended the regular season with a strong showing at the Brutus Hamilton Invitational. Sophomore Mariah Gramolini led the team with a first place finish in the 800 meter run. Gramolini had a personal best time of 2:08.38 to move into fifth place on Nevada’s outdoor top-ten list. Her impressive finish garnered a Verizon WAC Women’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week award.
“This has been an interesting Outdoor season,” head coach Shantel Twiggs said. “Although we have redshirted some of our key athletes, the team has accomplished many personal bests, WAC leading performances, and six marks that put us in position to make the NCAA preliminary round.”
Danielle Stallworth also had a strong regular season finish in the javelin event. The senior moved into the tenth spot on the program’s all-time list, throwing a distance of 149’3” to take second place. La Tijera Avery continued her strong season, finishing first in the high jump, tying her personal best mark of 5’10.5”.
MORE ON THE 2012 WAC OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
Each team is allowed to travel 28 participants for the championships. Nevada will send 18 to the meet as a number of the team is redshirting this season. The championships get underway on Tuesday afternoon with the women’s heptathlon. Field event finals along with running event preliminaries and finals begin on Thursday. Championship details are available at wacsports.com.
“Our goal this week is for everyone to have their best meet four days in a row. We are led by seniors, Danielle Stallworth, Nicole Williams, Jenifer McEntire, Sarah Nichols, and Alexa Anderson. I will look for them to carry the load.”
Check nevadawolfpack.com for results after completion of the meet.