BOISE, Idaho The University of Nevada track and field team finished in fifth place (91 points) at the 2008 WAC Outdoor Championships hosted by Boise State at the Ed Jacoby track at Bronco Stadium.
Louisiana Tech won its fourth consecutive title, finishing first with 173 points. Idaho finished second (122 points), followed by Fresno State (122.5 points), Utah State (100 points), Nevada (91 points), Hawai`i (74.5 points), New Mexico State (71.5 points) and Boise State (64.50).
Inger Appanaitis, who scored 23 points at this season’s WAC Outdoor Championships, was named the Women’s High Point Winner. She scored all 23 points in individual events.
Appanaitis, who scored 13 points for the Pack on Friday in the javelin and shot put, placed fourth and earned second team All-WAC honors in the hammer throw with a mark of 54.44m (178-07). Appanaitis, who has already recorded a regional qualifying mark in the hammer throw this season, has also recorded regional qualifying marks in the shot put, discus and javelin. She also placed fourth in the discus on Saturday with a mark of 46.30m.
Constance McAlman finished second overall in the hammer throw with a personal best mark of 56.83m (186-05). McAlman, who has already recorded a regional qualifying mark in the hammer throw this season, earned first team All-WAC honors in Saturday’s hammer throw and her mark places her third on
Polly Smith took home the silver medal and earned first team All-WAC honors running a 1:01.09 in the 400m hurdles. Smith, who ran a personal best in the 400m hurdle prelims yesterday (1:00.75), recorded a regional qualifying mark yesterday in the 400m hurdles.
The Pack had three runners score points in the 5000m run. Janet Martinez finished fourth (18:15.8) in the 5000m to earn second team All-WAC honors and scored five points while teammate Amanda Gramly joined Martinez on the All-WAC second team, finishing fifth in the 5000m with a time of 18:17.3 and earning four points. Maritza Garcia finished seventh (18:35.35) and earned two points.
Three high jumpers scored points for the Pack, including Amanda Boice who placed third overall (1.75m) and recorded a regional qualifying mark and a PR. Nicole Williams, who is also a guard on the women’s basketball team, placed fourth overall in the high jump (1.69m) while Cortney Beasley finished eighth, and recorded her first-ever conference point, with a PR jump of 1.66m.
In the 1500m, Samantha Davis ran a 4:46.00 to finish sixth and earn second team All-WAC honors. In the 100m hurdles, Kereiona Johnson took seventh overall (14.14) while Analisa Serrano finished eighth (14.22).
Aurelia Houston recorded a career-best mark in the triple jump (11.16m) while Alicia Echeverria recorded a jump of 10.74m. The 4x400m relay team of Polly Smith, Regal Minyard, Analisa Serrano and Jennifer Boswell finished eighth with a time of 3:57.63.