May 13, 2006
Honolulu, Hawaii - After the first full day of competition at the 2006 WAC Championships, the University of Nevada track & field team is in fourth Friday at Cooke field in Hawaii. Nevada scored one medal, and four second-team All-WAC honors and qualified another six runners into Saturday's finals to rack up 37 points.
Idaho currently leads the eight-team field with 47 points over 2006 WAC Indoor Champion Louisiana Tech with 43. In front of Nevada is Utah State with 40 points and behind the Wolf Pack is New Mexico State with 32.
The Wolf Pack scored big in its first event of the day with the hammer throw. Senior Caira Hane (Hillsboro, Ore.) won a silver medal in her best event with a throw of 57.25-meters. Fellow senior Janine Bodo (Reno, Nev.) also scored in the event with a sixth-place 55.03-meter throw. The Pack throwers kept it going strong with senior Jamie Martino (Reno, Nev.) placed fourth in the shot put with a throw of 14.66-meters. Sophomore Inger Appanaitis (Brookings, Ore.) pulled out a surprised performance with her sixth-place finish (14.23m) when she was not even one of the top ranked shot putters in the WAC top-marks going into the meet.
Long jumpers brought in more field-event points with two more top-eight finishes in the long jump. Junior Ciara McMillian (Vacaville, Calif.) finished fifth with a jump of 5.78-meters while sophomore Ashley Land (Chandler, Ariz.) added even more individual points finishing eighth (5.51m).
On the track, most of the events were just preliminaries, but the distance runners competed in finals of the 3,000-meter steeplechase and 10,000-meters. In the steeplechase, senior Melis Garner (Roseburg, Ore.) paced the Wolf Pack with a fifth place at a time of 11:23.33. In the grueling 10,000m, it was senior Kendall Knowles (Bend, Ore.) with the top Nevada place at sixth in 39:05.92 followed by sophomore Amanda Gramly (Las Vegas, Nev.) in eighth at 39:34.01.
Only one day remains in the meet with the conference champion begin crowned on the end of the day Saturday. The first of the women's events will begin with the javelin at 2:30 p.m. (HT) and the 4x100-meter relay on the track at 3:05 p.m. (HT). With a higher number of athletes in Saturday's finals than expected, and a number of events yet to be compete, Nevada will look to make a run at winning its first-ever WAC Outdoor Championship. The Wolf Pack has twice won the WAC's indoor title, one WAC cross country title, but the last outdoor title it won was the Big West in its final year in the conference back in 2000.
Team Standings (Seven Events Scored) 1. Idaho, 47 2. Louisiana Tech, 43 3. Utah State, 40 4. Nevada, 37 5. New Mexico State, 32 6. Hawai`i, 30 7. Boise State, 25 8. Fresno State, 19
Nevada First-day WAC Scoring Finishes Hammer Throw Caira Hane (2nd, 57.25m) Janine Bodo (6th, 55.03m) Shot Put Jamie Martino (4th, 14.66m) Inger Appanaitis (6th, 14.23m) High Jump Amanda Boice (7th, 1.63m) 3,000-meter Steeplechase Melis Garner (5th, 11:23.33) Long Jump Ciara McMillan (5th, 5.78m) Ashley Land (8th, 5.51m) 10,000-meters Kendall Knowles (6th, 39:05.92) Amanda Gramly (8th, 39:34.01)
Nevada Qualifiers into Saturday's Finals 100-meter Dash Jerita Wilson (6th, 12.07) 200-meter Dash Jerita Wilson (7th, 24.92) 400-meter Dash Shaina Wright (7th, 57.51) 100-meter Hurdles Analisa Serrano (5th, 14.50) 400-meter Hurdles Polly Smith (2nd, 1:01.80) Rosana Medina (5th, 1:03.66)