Nevada's Avena Names WAC Track Athlete of the Week

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Nevada’s Christa Avena and Hawai‘i’s Annett Wichmann have been named Western Athletic Conference Track and Field Athletes of the week, respectively, for March 23-29.

Avena, a senior from Las Vegas, Nev. (Bishop Gorman HS), recorded an NCAA Regional Qualifying time in the 3,000m steeplechase with a time of 10:47.21 at the Cal-Nevada Championships last weekend. Her time stands as the best in the conference this year and third on Nevada’s all-time list. Not only is her time the best in the WAC but is 20th in the nation.

Wichmann, a senior from Jena, Germany (SportGymnasium Jena), earned an NCAA Regional Qualifying mark in the javelin last weekend with a throw of 163-11 (49.96m) at the Stanford Invitational. The mark was a personal best and a new UH record, breaking the previous record, which she held by more than two meters. It stands as the fourth-best throw in the nation and marks the second-straight year that Wichmann has attained a regional standard in the javelin.

Other track nominees included: Fresno State’s Latrisha Jordan, Idaho’s Heather Bergland and New Mexico State’s Leah Benton.

Other field nominees included: Fresno State’s Sharon Ayala, Idaho’s Anne Barnett, Louisiana Tech’s Nadia Alexander, Nevada’s Constance McAlman and New Mexico State’s Corissa Hutchinson.