Track and Field Finishes Second at Cal-Nevada Championships

March 31, 2013

LA JOLLA, Calif. -

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The University of Nevada track and field team brought home a second place finish at the Cal-Nevada Championships hosted by the University of San Diego.

San Diego State led the field of 22 participants with 166 points. Nevada tallied 136.5 points, followed by Sacramento State with 109.5 points.

“We had another great weekend,” head coach Shantel Twiggs said. “We improved our marks at the event after finishing in sixth last season. I’m really proud of the way the team competed.”

Nevada was led by the strong arm of junior Kerri Simmons from the throws group. Simmons set a new Wolf Pack record with a first place finish in the shot put, hitting a mark of 51’1.75”. The previous record was set  by Stephanie Tietjen in 2003, with a throw of 50’11.5”. The mark by Simmons leads the Mountain West and currently ranks 15th in the region.

Junior Deborah Amoah had multiple wins at the meet, finishing first in the long jump (5.92m) and triple jump (12.26m). Senior La Tijera Avery placed first in the high jump with a mark of 1.73m.

Demerey Kirsch joined Nevada’s all-time top 10 list with a first place finish in the 3,000 meter steeplechase. The sophomore clocked in at 10:38.43, which puts her third on the program’s list. Seniors Angelica Earls and Samantha Calhoun finished second and third in the 100 meter dash, crossing the finish line at 11.76 and 11.92 respectively. Samantha Diaz just missed beating her program leading time of 4:23.01 in the 1500 meter run, finishing in second place at 4:24.50. Junior Julie Pedersen raced a time of 17:30.32 in the 5000 meter run to take second. The time places Pedersen ninth on Nevada’s all-time list. Nevada’s  4x100 relay team of Samantha Calhoun, Angelica Earls, Anita Momodu and Kashae Knox won silver with a time of 45.38.

The team had a small contingent compete at the Point Loma Nazarene University Collegiate Invitational Meet over the weekend as well. Wolf Pack senior April Pate finished first in the heptathlon with 3,078 points, while freshman Nicole Wadden took third with 2,756 points.

Nevada will head to Clovis, Calif., next weekend to participate in the FSU-MW Challenge.