Kirsch, Simmons, Wiesbeck heading to NCAA First Round
May 22, 2014
Reno, Nev. -
The Wolf Pack track and field team will be represented by three athletes at the NCAA First Round in Fayetteville, Ark. The first round kicks off on May 29th and runs through May 31st.
Demerey Kirsch qualified in the 3,000-meter steeplechase by running a time of 10:28.57 at the Stanford Invitational April, 4th. Her time is a personal best in the event, was the sixth best time in the Mountain West this season, and is the second best time in Nevada program history.
Raffaela Wiesbeck won a silver medal at the Mountain West Conference Championships in the javelin throwing for a mark of 156'1". Along with qualifying Wiesbeck for the NCAA First Round, her mark is the seventh best in Nevada program history, and was just six inches shy of the winning mark at the conference championships.
With a shot put of 51'3.5" senior Kerri Simmons qualified for the NCAA First round for the second year in a row. Her mark came at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif. on April 17th and was the sixth best mark in the conference this season.
THOUGHTS FROM THE COACHES
"Making it to the NCAA First Round and to continue to perform at the same level, or to move up and improve is not easy at such a high stage. It is hard to get through all the rounds at the highest level. For the athletes some things are technical, and some things are just a matter of letting it all go. Nerves and pressure can be a big thing, and we are preparing everyone to go out and only focus on executing. We want them to be in their element and go out and perform at their best with confidence." - Head Coach Shantel Twiggs.
"Demerey is ready to run faster, but she will have her work cut out for her. Her training shows that she is ready for a pop." - Assistant Coach Kirk Elias.
"We hope that Kerri Simmons will break through a new barrier at the NCAA First Round. Her training shows that she is ready for a big mark, and if she gets close to or beats her personal best she has a chance to make the NCAA Finals. If momentum continues for Wiesbeck, and she has another big mark, she too could make the NCAA Finals." - Assistant Coach Scott Williamson.