May 20, 2012
RENO, Nev. -
The University of Nevada track and field team will send five student-athletes to the 2012 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Preliminary West region this week. Seniors Danielle Stallworth, Sarah Nichols, and Nicole Williams will represent Nevada along with Junior Deborah Amoah and Sophomore Mariah Gramolini.
The Preliminary Championship Competitions will be held May 24-26th. The East region will be held at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Fla. and the West region at the University of Texas in Austin, Texas. The qualifiers out of these regions will compete in the NCAA Championships held June 6-9 in Des Moines, Iowa. Nevada sent nine members of the team to the preliminary championships last season.
Stallworth and Nichols will compete in the javelin event. Both qualified for the event last season where Nichols placed 38th, throwing 131'4" (40.04 meters) while Stallworth threw 126'2" (38.46 meters) to place 41st. In the WAC Outdoor Championships, Nichols finished second team All-WAC with a season best mark of 44.38m to take fourth. Stallworth moved into the tenth spot on the program's all-time list at the Brutus Hamilton Invitational, throwing a distance of 149'3" to take second place.
Williams will participate in the high jump. The senior cleared 1.70m (5-07.00) to tie for third place at the WAC Outdoor Championships.
Deborah Amoah will compete in the long jump and triple jump. Last season Amoah placed 16th in the triple jump at the prelims with a mark of 40'11.75" (12.49 meters), missing the top-12 qualifiers by less than two feet. At the WAC Outdoor Championships the junior 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).
Gramolini will run in the 800 meter event. The sophomore won gold at the WAC Outdoor Championships with a personal best time o 2:11.34.
Check nevadawolfpack.com for results after completion of the meet.