Track and Field Heads to MW Indoor Championships
Feb. 20, 2013
RENO, Nev. -
The University of Nevada track and field team will head to Nampa, Idaho to compete in the 2013 Mountain West Indoor Championships hosted by Boise State at Jacksons Indoor Track. The meet will run from Thursday, Feb. 21 through Saturday, Feb. 23.
This is the first time in the 14-year history of the league that Boise State will host the MW Indoor Track and Field Championships. Jacksons Indoor Track served as the location of the 2012 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships. Real-time scoring and results, along with post-race interviews, event highlights and photo galleries from the MW Track and Field Championships are available through the championship central page at www.themwc.com/champ/itrack-champ-2013.html.
“We are very excited to compete in our first Mountain West Indoor Championships,” head coach Shantel Twiggs said. “We have been working hard and putting things together in the last few weeks. Our goal is to see each member of the team have their best three days of competition in a row. If we stick with that philosophy we should have great results in the end.”
Nevada closed out the regular indoor season with strong marks at the Boise State Team Challenge and Tyson Invitational two weeks ago. Junior Tanisha Hawkins set a personal record time of 24.65 in her 200m win at the Boise State Challenge. Sophomore Kashae Knox won the 200m event with a time of 7.64. Senior Mariah Gramolini placed second in the 800m, finishing with a time of 2:14.80. Freshman Nicole Wadden had a strong showing in the 60m hurdles, recording a personal best time of 9.18 to finish third. Nevada’s 4X400 meter relay team comprised of Hawkins, Gramolini, and juniors Christina Smith and Shanee Martin took second with a time of 3:52.35. The Wolf Pack distance medley relay team made up of Gramolini, Wadden, sophomore Anne Underwood, and senior Samantha Diaz finished in first place with a time of 12:26.42.
The Wolf Pack dominated the pole vault event, taking first, second, and third with multiple personal records set by junior Casey Gray and freshmen Alison Powers and Nicole Kennedy, who all cleared a height of 3.50m. Junior Kerri Simmons recorded a personal best throw in the shot put, winning the event with a mark of 15.01m. The junior also took home a win in the weighted throw event with a mark of 15.75m. Freshman Kennedy Hall threw 15.25m to take third in the same event.
Senior Deborah Amoah led Nevada at the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark., with an impressive outing in the triple jump. Amoah took home a first place finish in the event, jumping a mark of 12.65 to break the program record. Fellow senior Angelica Earls also broke a school record, clocking in at a time of 7.43 in the 60m to finish 13th.
Nevada will look to finish ahead of UNLV this weekend, as both teams are competing for points in the Governor's Series, presented by NV Energy. The Wolf Pack currently leads the series 7.5-4.5.
Full results will be available at NevadaWolfPack.com following the conclusion of the meets.