Nevada Takes Third at MW Indoor Championships
Feb. 23, 2013
NAMPA, Idaho -
The University of Nevada track and Field team took home a third place finish at the 2012 Mountain West Indoor Championships, held at Jacksons Indoor Track at the Idaho Center in Nampa, Idaho. San Diego State finished first (123 points), followed by New Mexico (103 points) and Nevada (86 points).
The Wolf Pack picked up three points in the Governor's Series, presented by NV Energy, as the Rebels finished fifth (66 points)at the championships. Nevada leads UNLV in the series 10.5-7.5.
“I am extremely proud of my team and staff,” head coach Shantel Twiggs said. “Today was so awesome. I was filled with a lot of emotion because I know the team has really worked hard this season. We sent our seniors out on a high note and picked up some momentum as we enter the outdoor season.”
Nevada had three personal bests and two new entries into the program’s all-time list in the first day of action. Freshman Nicole Wadden picked up five points with a fourth place finish in the pentathlon (3,586 points).
“We had a strong first day. Coach Williamson has done a great job with our multi group. They are young, but have bright futures ahead of them.” Twiggs said.
Wolf Pack junior Tanisha Hawkins had a record breaking day, finishing second in the 200 meter dash with a time of 24.28. Hawkins’ time moves her into the top spot on Nevada’s all-time list, eclipsing senior Angelica Earls’ time of 24.38. The team saw many personal records achieved in day two. Seniors Samantha Calhoun and Angelica Earls clocked in at 7.45 in the 60 meter dash to take second and third. The time places the duo second on the program’s all-time list. Hawkins finished fourth in the same event with a time of 7.51.
“Day two was amazing,” said Twiggs. “I was proud of the way we competed. The team really got after it on the track.”
Senior Deborah Amoah finished second in flight two of the triple jump, clearing a mark 41’6. The finish matches her program leading mark that was set earlier this season. Junior Samantha Diaz claimed third place in the mile run with a time of 4:46.63. The finish is good for the third spot on Nevada’s all-time list. Junior Christina Smith’s time of 56.52 in the 400 meter dash earned her a third place finish. The finish also moves Smith to third on the all-time list.
Earls , Calhoun, and sophomore Kashae Knox each had great finishes in the finals of the 60 meter dash. Earls took second with a time of 7.46, which puts her second on Nevada’s all-time list. Calhoun and Knox crossed the finish line at 7.55 to take third and fourth. The finish places the two at number four on the program’s all-time list. Junior Mariah Gramolini just missed her personal best mark in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:12.24 to take fourth.
Hawkins had another record breaking outing in the final day of action in the 200 meter dash. The junior clocked in at 24.24 to finish second. Nevada’s 4x400 meter relay team comprised of Hawkins, Smith, Calhoun, and Earls won the event with a program record time of 3:44.51. The previous record of 3:48.59 was set in 2006 by Rosana Medina, Shaina Wright, Kali Baker, and Polly Smith.
A photo gallery and video highlights can be found on the MW Championship Central page: http://www.themwc.com/champ/itrack-champ-2013.html