Inside look at the last track and field meet by coach Kirk Elias
Dec. 6, 2012
RENO, Nev. -
Both the present and future were on display in Nevada's first indoor competition this past weekend at Boise State's Jackson Open. Wolf Pack veterans, freshman, and couple of soon to be eligible athletes (who competed unattached), put on performances that hinted at what Nevada might accomplish at February's Mountain West Indoor Championship.
Senior Debbie Amoah won the Long Jump in 19' 6.25"/5.95m a fine early season leap, just 2 inches/5cm from her Personal Record (PR). Amoah also ran 8.76 in the 60 Hurdles for fifth place, a substantial .34 faster than she opened last year.
A trio of talented freshman kicked off the show in the Pentathlon all placing in the top five. Fledgling Nicole Wadden, competing for the first time for the Pack, won fairly comfortably with an impressive 3478, seventh on Nevada's All Time list. Shannon Forman and Katelin Westerterp took fourth and fifth in the field of 11.
Nevada's sprint corps showed its strength with some fine early season performances at a meet that had both quality and depth in the sprint events. Veteran Angelica Earls looked good in both the 60 and 200, taking fourth in the 60 with 7.53 and second in the metric furlong in 24.50, far ahead of where she was in both events last December. Transfer Samantha Calhoun, who becomes eligible in January, took third in both the 60 and 200 in 7.53 and 24.82. Sophomore Kashae Knox recorded a fine 7.58 in the 60.
Competing unattached in the Shot Put, transfer junior Kerri Simmons who, like Calhoun, is eligible to don the Silver and Blue in January, captured first with a PR 48' 10.25"/14.89 explosion, a full foot/60cm better than her previous best.
In the Pole Vault, senior Caitlin Owen PRed by 2"/5cm, clearing the bar at 11'5.75"/3.50m to take second. Also grabbing a second, but out on the oval, sophomore Katie Romanko sat comfortably within the slow moving pack through the first 2400 of the 3000, before blasting the close, to move to the runner-up position in 10:49.96.
With the bulk of this year's cross country team sitting out this early season competition, the Pack did display their middle distance depth, entering two Distance Medley Relays. Junior Anne Underwood, frosh Sierra Hooft, sophomore Christina Smith, and junior Mariah Gramolini won the DMR in a fairly comfortable 12:48.18.
This was Nevada's only competition prior to final exams and the holiday break. The Wolf Pack returns to action on January 12th in the Blue and Orange Opener hosted by Boise State.