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Nevada track and field competes in two meets

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Nevada track and field competes in two meets (Nevada athletics)

After competing in the MW challenge early in the month, the Nevada track team competed in two meets on Saturday. One at Rice University which saw a new school record, and one at Fresno State which saw tons of success from the Wolf Pack’s distance runners.

Rice Twilight

The Rice Twilight started off the day with a new school record. Senior Nicola Ader broke her own school record in the long jump. Her distance of 6.34 meters not only broke her record, but also earned the senior a second place finish at the meet.

Also in the long jump was junior Hanah Smrt who finished 16th with a distance of 5.58m. Sophomore Olaia Becerill finished just behind Smert in 17th with a distance of 5.55m. Lastly, Anna Maria Sommerfeld earned a new personal best with her 19th place finish of 5.48m. This beating her personal best by just .01m.

Ader wasn’t the only one to change the Nevada all-time list. Sophomore Rayven Nealey jumped up to third all-time at Nevada in the triple jump. Her mark of 12.69m not only moved her up the list, but also earned a third place finish in the meet.

Also now on the all-time list is the 4x400m team of junior Lauren Green, sophomore Emily Costello, freshman Lillian Gregg, and freshman Raegan Gorzeman who moved to ninth all-time at Nevada in the event. Their time of 3:46.52 not only earned them the all-time mark, but also earned them a second place finish.

The Rice Twilight also saw plenty of Wolf Pack personal bests. In the 100m dash, senior Brooke Carson earned a new personal best of 12.37 and a 12th place finish. Hanah Smrt would earn an 18th place placement and a personal best of 14.77 in the 100m hurdles. The junior would also earn a personal best in the 200m dash with a time of 25.78. Freshman Serena Shimada also earned a personal best in the 100m hurdles with a time of 15.41.

Lauren Green would join Smrt by earning a personal best in the 200m dash with her time of 24.90. Lillian Gregg, who was 4x400m teammates with Green, earned a personal best in the 400m dash with a time of 57.49. Sophomore Shelby Garrison finished with a new personal best in the 400m hurdles with her time of 1:04.99. The time being .01 better than her old personal best.

In throwing events, senior Emma Dern would complete the shot put with a new personal best of 13.38m. This being the second time this season Dern has improved her shot put mark. Freshman Luisa Fischer finished the javelin with a new personal best of 39.62m. Beating her mark of 38.32m that was set at the Sacramento State Tri-Meet.

Other finishes from this meet can be found here https://bit.ly/3vnX3fX.

Fresno State Invitational

The distance runners traveled to Fresno and saw success throughout all the events, which included an all-time mark by one of their freshmen.

Freshman Tierney Wolfgram, who competed in her first track meet, moved to sixth all-time at Nevada in the 5000m run with a time of 16:44.15. She would go on to also earn a first place finish in the event.

Also in the 5000m was senior Lauryn Massic who earned a fourth place finish with her time of 17:42.28. Junior Alexis Melendrez would finish in sixth with a time of 17:58.93. Junior Kate Rye would finish in eighth with a time of 18:02.82. Finally, freshman Carley Legenbauer would finish the meet with a time of 18:13.31.

Some other events saw top times from the women distance runners. Senior Carli Corpus finished the 300m steeplechase with a time of 11:21.70. This was just below her personal best time of 11:02.68, and earned the senior a second place finish. Senior Stefanie Ortega and sophomore Tabatha Walford finished back to back in the 1500m run. Ortega would finish in fourth with a time of 4:35.10, while Walford would finish in fifth with a time of 4:35.18. This being a personal best for Walford.

Lastly, the men’s team had five athletes finish in the top-10 in the 5000m run. Freshman Daniel Sayo finished in second with a time of 14:58.54. Sophomore Celime Garcia would finish just behind Sayo in third with a time of 14:58.70. Sophomore Carson Leavitt finished in fifth with a time of 15:03.92. Just behind him was sophomore Andrew Ribeiro in sixth with a time of 15:06.78. Finally, sophomore Alex Mendoza finished in ninth with a time of 15:12.54.

Other finishes from this meet can be found here https://bit.ly/3vkbQZ4.

The track team will look to compete in the West Coast Relays on Apr. 30 just before competing at the MW Outdoor Championships.

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