Nevada in Second at WAC Track & Field Championships
FRESNO, Calif. The University of Nevada celebrated a day of huge successes at the 2007 WAC Track & Field Outdoor championships at Warmedam Field at Fresno State on Friday. After the first of the two day competition, Nevada sits in second place having collected a total of 10 All-WAC honors.
The Wolf Pack has scored a team total of 49 points and sits behind the University of Idaho at 73. Hawai`i is in third with 36 points ahead of Utah State at 31 and host Fresno State rounds out the top five with 29.
In the events that went final Friday, Nevada’s throwers came up big twice. Junior Inger Appanaitis (Brookings, Ore.) won the second WAC medal of her career with a bronze in the javelin. Appanaitis placed third after scoring a throw of 149’08” and also placed fourth in the shot put (46’8”).
Two other Nevada throwers won All-WAC honors in the javelin with junior Megan Lytle (Redmond, Ore.) placing fifth(142’02”), the highest finish she has ever had at the WAC meet. Freshman Marissa Hammond (Pendleton, Ore.) placed sixth with a personal collegiate-best of 141’02”. Hammond, a forward on the women’s basketball team, is the first two-sport student-athlete to score points at a conference track & field championship since Nevada joined the WAC in 2000. A second Pack freshman, Emily Jacobsen (Bellevue, Wash.) also added to the team point total with an eighth place finish in the shot put.
Senior Corinne Kuklovsky (Scottsdale, Ariz.) scored a career WAC-high with her fourth place in the long jump (18’5.75”). On her heels was fellow senior Kristen Singleton (Kennewick, Wash.) placed fifth with a jump of 18’3.25. In the pole vault, lone Pack competitor senior Bree-Ann Piva (Challis, Idaho) placed fifth clearing the bar at 12’5.5”.
The distance runners closed out the day with a couple of spectacular performances of their own. Junior Christa Avena (Las Vegas, Nev.) placed fourth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (11:16.37) while sophomore Natalia Jarawka (Sosnowiec, Poland) placed fifth (11:19.11). The day was capped off with tenacious run by junior Amanda Gramly (Las Vegas, Nev.). Gramly showed impressive determination keeping an impressive pace throughout a grueling 10,000-meters placing fourth at 38:43.71.
The Wolf Pack will be in a dogfight to hold its position through Saturdays slate of competition. Louisiana Tech will quickly begin to climb the standings as an impressive number of its sprinters qualified in numerous preliminaries whose finals will complete on Saturday. Field events will kick-off Saturday’s action with the women’s hammer at 12:30 p.m. The first track event will be the 4x100-meter relay at 5 p.m. Nevada finished fourth at the WAC Outdoor meet (100.5 pts.) in 2006 and the Pack has never finished better than third at a WAC Outdoor Championships.