May 11, 2012
MOSCOW, Idaho -
The University of Nevada track and field team finished seventh at the WAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Friday at the Dan O'Brien Track & Field Complex on the campus of the University of Idaho.
Utah State ended Louisiana Tech's run of eighth consecutive WAC outdoor championship titles, tallying 148.5 points. Idaho placed second, posting 133.5 points. Louisiana Tech finished in third place with 129 points. Fresno State came in fourth, recording 115 points. Hawai'i placed fifth, tallying 111.5 points. New Mexico State finished in sixth place with 102 points, while Nevada finished seventh with 76.5 points.
In the women's 800-meter run, Nevada sophomore Mariah Gramolini won gold with a personal best time of 2:11.34. Gramolini's performance was a vast improvement from last year's championships, as she did not make the cut for the event in her freshman season.
Junior Deborah Amoah finished second in the triple jump with a personal best mark of 12.48m (40-11.50). Amoah finished second in the long jump with a program record mark of 6.00m (19'8.25). The junior also qualified for the finals in the 100m Hurdles with a personal best mark of 14.06, which is the eight best mark in school history.
In the high jump, Nevada teammates Rachel Orr and Nicole Williams each cleared 1.70m (5-07.00) to tie for third place.
Freshman Demerey Kirsch and Senior Jenifer McEntire both earned second team All-WAC with their fourth and fifth place finishes respectively in the 3,000m steeplechase. Kirsch ran a personal best mark of 11:09.62 that just missed the program's all-time list.
Freshman Kashae Knox ran the third fastest times in school history in the 100m dash and 200m dash, recording times of 11.85 and 24.37 respectively. Senior Sarah Nichols finished second team All-WAC in the javelin event with a season best mark of 44.38m to finish fourth.
Alexa Anderson finished in fourth place in the heptathlon with a personal best mark of 4400pts. The senior was named second team All-WAC with her finish.