June 4, 2013
RENO, Nev. -
The University of Nevada track and field team’s 4x100 relay squad will head to Eugene, Ore., to participate in the 2013 NCAA Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships June 5-8. The event will be hosted on the campus of the University of Oregon.
“We are very excited to have been awarded this opportunity to compete at the NCAA’s,” head coach Shantel Twiggs said. “Our goal is to come out and put together a solid time and advance to the finals on Saturday.”
The Wolf Pack 4x100 team comprised of Samantha Calhoun, Angelica Earls, Tanisha Hawkins, and Kashae Knox, will race in heat three of the prelims Wednesday at 4 p.m. The top two times from the three heats, plus the next best two times will advance to the finals Saturday at 2:05 p.m.
This is the first time in the program’s history that a Nevada relay team will compete at the NCAA Championships. The last time the Wolf Pack sent a runner to the NCAA’s was six years ago, where senior Kali Baker represented Nevada in the 800-meter race. Baker just missed qualifying for the finals by .05 seconds.
Fresh off of a 2013 Mountain West Outdoor Championships 4x100 relay title, Calhoun, Earls, Hawkins, and Knox enter the NCAA Championships round after finishing amongst the top 12 at the NCAA prelims in Austin, Texas with a time of 44.56. The quartet was named to the MW All-Conference team following a record-breaking first place time of 44.37 at the MW championships in Las Vegas. The time broke the program record that was set by the group during the close of the regular season this year and is .01 seconds off the stadium record. The finish also ranks third all-time at both the MW Championship and all-time in MW history. Sophomores Anita Momodu and Baylee Hearns will travel with the team as alternates. The 44.37 mark is good for the 20th spot on the NCAA list.
Complete results, heat sheets and quotes will be posted on NCAA.com/trackandfield throughout the competition and at the conclusion of each day of the meet. The direct link to live results and start lists: http://www.ncaa.com/content/di-track-field-participants-and-results.
ESPN3/ESPNU will broadcast the majority of the meet, with supplementary webcasting on Pac-12 Live stream (http://pac-12.com/live/goducks.aspx?DB_OEM_ID=500). The broadcast schedule (all times Pacific):
Wednesday, June 5
Noon-8 p.m. Pac-12 Live Stream
Saturday, June 8
2 p.m.-4 p.m. ESPNU/WatchESPN