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UNR Track & Field Team Heads to NCAA Championships

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A record setting time sent them speeding their way to the NCAA Championships. This is the first time the Wolf Pack is sending a 4x1 relay team to nationals and we got a sneak peak at their practice.

They've spent years on the track in separate cities. Coming together now as one, here at Nevada, to create what is the Wolf Pack's fastest 4x100 relayers.

"We have chemistry work well together and we work hard together," says Kashae Knox.

They sure do - 3 hours a day on the track, some days they also hit the weight room.

"I think it's just being efficient with your body you're using your body at the highest level."

They ran a 400 meter relay in 44.37 seconds. That's the fastest in school history and it qualifies them for the NCAA's in Oregon. The Wolf Pack hasn't sent a runner to nationals in six years.

"There's no trick workouts. Hard work, hard work. Staying dedicated."

Samantha Calhoun comes to Nevada for her senior year from Louisiana. And now -- to be on Nevada's only 4x100 team to make it to the NCAA is beyond a dream. "It means a lot it wraps up my whole college career a good note to go out on."

Former college runner - and Wolf Pack coach of 9 years, Shantell Twiggs couldn't be more proud. But she'll never ease up on her ladies, fully knowing their potential.

"Keep the arms moving all the way through wait to see your target."

Sure they've seen adversity, injury, a baton drop or two, but they keep running.

"Just persevering every time continuing to keep going," says Knox.

This combo of strength and speed is now a fierce quartet set to take the national stage.

One drop of the baton means they'll be disqualified but that's not expected to happen. They leave for Oregon on Monday with nationals on Wednesday. If they make it to the final round they'll be on ESPNU on Saturday for their fans back home to watch.

Written by Neda Iranpour

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