Two Nevada school records fell at the Boise State Team Challenge while another trembled but stood in Seattle. With the WAC Indoor Championships only two weeks away, Wolf Pack stars Angelica Earls, Sam Diaz, La Tijera Avery, and Debbie Amoah stepped into the spotlight with major performances.
Starting the day without a single school record, Angelica Earls was on fire, finishing the day in possession of both the 60 and 200 Wolf Pack records. Earls, a junior from West Campus HS-Sacramento, CA raced in three individual races and one relay, PRing in each individual race. First, Earls lowered her PR to 7.56 in the 60 meter prelims. In finals, she dropped a whopping .11 to lower her PR to 7.45 to take 3rd overall in the meet. Later in the afternoon, Earls returned to the track to contest the 200 where she had a season’s best of 24.80. The junior’s sensational day continued with a true breakthrough as she powered around the banked turns of the 200 meter oval in 24.38.
Freshman Kashae Knox (Pleasant Grove HS-Sacramento, VA), with whom Earls appears to be trading the 60 record, managed fifth in the 60 in spite of a bad back that bothered her throughout the day. Knox, who had set the 60 meter school record at 7.52 on January 28th, rallied for a 7.60 in the final.
While the bulk of the team competed on Boise State’s Jackson Indoor Track, sophomore Sam Diaz returned to Washington’s huge 307 meter Dempsey Track for the Husky Classic in an attempt to qualify for Indoor nationals in the mile. Trying to avoid the pushing and shoving she experienced while running in the middle of the pack last year at the Husky, the usually fast closing sophomore from Ponderosa HS-Shingle Springs, CA, sat at the back of the field for the first quarter mile going through in 71.5.
Realizing a break had occurred in the race creating two packs just prior to the half mile, Diaz and another athlete battled to close the gap. Chasing the lead pack, Diaz ran the second and third quarters in 70.8 and 70.7, before closing in 69.5 for a 4:42.46 PR, shaving .97 from the mark set only two weeks ago. That left the red-shirt sophomore just .75 second shy of Kali Baker’s six year old school mile record of 4:41.71, recorded in the All-American’s 2006 season.
Back at the Jackson Track, Debbie Amoah collected two wins with her two PRs in the 60 Hurdles. She followed those with an indoor PR in the Triple Jump of 12.35m/40’ 6.25”. With the addition of the hurdles to the junior’s repertoire, the junior’s 8.69 showed the horizontal jumper has made herself into a true multi event threat. Just to keep busy, the transplant from Berlin, Germany by way of Carter HS-Rialto, CA also took second in the Long Jump with a leap of 5.71m/18’ 9”.
Senior April Pate tuned up for the Pentathlon taking third in the hurdles behind Amoah’s win, garnering a new season’s best in 8.80.
Coming off last week’s PR at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational in New York, La Tijera Avery displayed some real consistency, again finding herself taking attempts at 1.82m/6’0”. Her first two attempts were quite close. On her first, Avery was over the bar before brushing the crossbar off the standards on her descent. After this weekend’s competitions, Avery sits tied for 18th nationally with her 1.80m/5’ 10.75”.
The Wolf Pack will take next weekend off before tussling for the WAC Indoor Championships February 23-25 at the Idaho Center’s Jackson Track.