Track & Field announces 2014 recruiting class

May 20, 2014

Reno, Nev. -


The University of Nevada Track & Field team is adding 11 new members for the upcoming 2014-2015 season.  Five student-athletes join the Pack from schools outside of the United States, bringing a new and unique flavor to the recruiting class. 


Christine Ackermann

A native of Aschaffenburg, Germany, Ackermann joins the Pack after having competed on the national level as part of Germany’s Under-23 team.  She chose the University of Nevada after getting to know the great coaching staff, and having a chance to experience the team chemistry of the Wolf Pack.  Helping to make her decision easy was the Truckee Meadows landscape, and how close the university is to the western coast.  Ackermann’s top high school times include 1:03.20 in the 400-meter hurdles, 58.13 in the 400-meter dash, and 25.91 in the 200-meter dash.

Alaina Anderson

Planning to major in education Anderson chose Nevada because she was very impressed with Coach Elias and the cross country program, as well as the quality of education offered by the university.  Athletics run in her family as her sister was a four time state qualifier at Pomona College in California. 

McKenna Evans

The Plymouth, Minn. native chose the University of Nevada because she was inspired by the coaching staff, and our beautiful campus.  Evans was named to the 2013 All-State Team for Track and Field as well as the 2013 All-State Cross Country Team in Minnesota.  Her best 5K time in cross country was 18:47 which she ran competing at the Nike Cross Nationals 2013 meet.

Brittany Graves

Joining the Pack from Barrie, Ontario in Canada, Graves will bring a strong triple jump and 400-meter hurdle skill set to the Silver and Blue.  Graves chose the University of Nevada over schools such as Iowa State, Northern Arizona, and Robert Morris because she was impressed by the coaching staff, track and field team, and really liked the campus. Competing as a member of Team Ontario in high school her top triple jump mark of 39’1.5” was set at the Youth Nationals Meet in British Colombia in 2013.  Her top times on the track include 45.16 in the 300-meter hurdles, 1:04.24 in the 400-meter hurdles, 58.51 in the 400-meter dash, and 25.85 in the 200-meter dash.  Brittany is not the only one in her family currently competing in sports at a high level as her brothers Josh and Jacob both compete on teams in the Ontario Hockey League.

Dezirae Pennington

Choosing Nevada over Chico State, Pennington ran at Oakdale High School in Oakdale, Calif. where she was a two time league champion for triple jump, and league champion in the 300-meter hurdles her sophomore year.  Pennington loved the campus, and chose Nevada to stay close to family.  Her top times include 15.76 in the 100-meter dash, 46.90 in the 300-meter dash, and her personal record in the triple jump is 38’4.25”.

Alyssa Porter

The 2012 individual high school champion for the 100-meter dash in Washington joins the Pack because she loved seeing the Wolf Pack track team in action, and was also interested in the university’s engineering program.  Growing up in Bellingham, Wash. Porter won two state championships as part of her school’s 4x100-meter relay team and an individual championship in the 100-meter dash.  Her top times include 11.96 in the 100-meter dash and 25.20 in the 200-meter dash.

Marissa Suan

Choosing to stay in state the Las Vegas native chose Nevada because she wanted to be a part of both the Cross Country and Track & Field programs at the state’s only Tier 1 University.  She was impressed with Nevada’s distinguished Speech Pathology and Audiology program.  Suan received designation as a Scholar Athlete in high school, and is also the school recorder holder in the 3,200-meter at Palo Verde High School.  She was the individual state champion in the 3,200-meter run in 2012 after running a personal best time of 11:20.  Her top mile time is 5:12.

Katherine Surin

The daughter of Canadian sprinting gold medalist Bruny Surin, Katherine is looking to leave her own mark on the sport when she joins the Wolf Pack next season.  Surin has competed on the national stage in Canada running the 400-meter dash and 200-meter dash.  Choosing Nevada over Oklahoma University, the University of Texas, El Paso, and the University of Arkansas, Surin will make a great addition to the Silver & Blue, and will bring a great track and field background to the program.

Alexandra Tierney

Born in Stittsville, Canada, Tierney will be joining the pack after competing in the Legion Canadian Youth Championships and finishing first in the 100-meter hurdles and the 300-meter hurdles.  Her top times include 1:01.48 in the 400-meter hurdles, 14.07 in the 100-meter hurdles, and 42.37 in the 300-meter hurdles. The Honor Roll student chose Nevada because the university fulfilled all of her academic and athletic wishes. 

Jerrian Wells

Bringing middle and long distance expertise to the Pack wells competed in the 3,200-meter, 1,600-meter, and 800-meter dash in high school.  The Elk Grove, Calif. native chose Nevada because she was impressed with resources and facilities available for students and student-athletes. 

Makeya White

Joining the Pack after competing for St. Augustine’s College in Nassau, New Providence in the Bahamas White brings a well-developed short sprints skillset to Nevada.  She will have the opportunity to step in immediately, and has the potential to make multiple Nevada All-Time Top-Ten lists.  Makeya comes from an athletic family with sisters who have also competed at an international level for the Caribbean Union of Teachers Track and Field team.



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