Nov. 28, 2012
RENO, Nev. -
The University of Nevada track and field team will kick-off the 2012 season Friday at the Jackson Open in Nampa, Idaho.
Nevada’s throws group graduated two seniors in Danielle Stallworth and Sarah Nichols. The Wolf Pack welcomes three newcomers to the group in junior transfer Kerri Simmons, redshirt freshman Kennedy Hall, and freshman Alyssa Zunino. NevadaWolfPack.com sat down with head coach Shantel Twiggs to talk more about the upcoming season and her group of student-athletes.
Q: What are your thoughts about the new competition in the Mountain West?
A: The Mountain West is exceptional in the throws. Last year, they had a hammer throw individual make it to the Olympic games and a national champion shot putter. They have had national champion javelin throwers in the past. It will offer some great competition.
Q: What can you tell us about your newcomers?
A: Kerri Simmons transferred last spring from Nichols State and will be a major player for us in the throws, especially in the shot put. She is just learning the hammer and weight throw and we feel that she should pick up both events quickly. Kennedy Hall and Alyssa Zunino have worked hard in the off-season and should get stronger.
Q: Which returners do you see making improvements this year?
A: Kennedy Hall is a red shirt freshman and should develop as the season goes on. She is tall with long levers and as she continues to figure things out she may work herself into being a serious conference contender.
Q: Can you talk about who you see will step into the roles left by the departures of Sarah Nichols and Danielle Stallworth?
A: Kerri and Kennedy will have some big shoes to fill but have the talent and potential. Although not javelin throwers, they have the potential to be strong in the other throws.