Friday action at the Mountain West Track and Field Outdoor Championships
May 16, 2014
Laramie, Wyo. -
The Wolf Pack track and field team was in action Friday at the MW outdoor track and field championships hosted by the University of Wyoming. The Wolf Pack walks away from its first day of competition with two bronze medals.
It was a career day for Alison Powers in the pole vault. The sophomore finished in third place after clearing a personal best mark of 12’6.25”, an 8.5 inch improvement over her top vault of the season. Joining powers in the pole vault was Caitlin Owen who saw a 6.75” improvement on her top vault of the season to finish in tenth place by clearing 11’6.5”.
Emily Myers was the first of three Pack athletes to finish in the top seven of the 10,000-meter run. Myers picked up the other bronze medal for Nevada on Friday finishing in third place with a time of 38:15.03. Senior teammate Samantha Diaz crossed the line fifth with a time of 38:29.15, and senior Julie Pederson brought home a seventh place finish in the event with a time of 38:52.58.
With a time of 11:23.48, junior Demerey Kirsch grabbed a fifth place finish for the Pack in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.
GOVERNOR’S SERIES PRESENTED BY NV ENERGY
Three points towards the Governor’s Series Presented by NV Energy are up for grabs this weekend as Nevada and UNLV square off in the MW Championship. The Wolf Pack leads UNLV through Friday competition with six runners combining for 22 points, compared with UNLV’s 12 points. UNLV currently leads the Governors Series 18 to 15.
THOUGHTS FROM COACH TWIGGS
“The Wolf Pack represented Nevada well on our first day at the championships. Sophomores Alison Powers and Emily Myers will walk away with major personal bests and bronze medals. Each person today gave their best and represented us well. I was proud of everyone who competed. We had four personal best marks on the day and three point scores in one race, the 10-K. Myers, Diaz, and Pedersen have etched their names onto the Nevada All-Time lists with their performances, and Powers will move up to fifth all-time for the pole vault.” – Head coach Shantel Twiggs