UNLV scores victories in six running and one throwing event at the UNLV Invitational.
Lara Saye-Crutchley, who was born and raised in Las Vegas, returns to UNLV for her second stint as a volunteer track & field coach. Saye-Crutchley previously worked with the program and its throwers in 2006 and helped Monique Humphries break program records in the hammer throw and weight throw
Saye-Crutchley was an accomplished thrower on the collegiate level in the discus at UCLA. She was an All-American in the discus in 2002 with a fifth-place finish (175-2). She advanced to three NCAA Track & Field Championship competitions (2002, `03 and '05) and qualified for four NCAA West Regionals (2003 and `05). She was a four-time PAC-10 scorer, as well.
She is still listed in UCLA's career record book in the hammer throw (seventh) and discus (eighth). In 2005, she threw 181-2 in the hammer and 188-0 in the discus. The latter result placed her eighth in the university's annals, while the toss was the ninth-best overall in the country that year.
Besides the hammer throw and discus, she also competed in the shot put, javelin and weight throw at UCLA. Her best shot put was recorded in 2005 with a distance of 50-11.5. She hurled the javelin 125-10 in 2001. In 2005, she had a weight throw of 62-4.42.
In 2004, she did not compete for UCLA and was a redshirt that season. She competed as an unattached athlete at a meet in Modesto, Calif., and threw a then-lifetime best 184-9 in the discus and qualified for the United States Olympic Trials. Unfortunately, she was unable to compete at the trials due to injury.
As a prep athlete in Nevada, she was ranked third-best high school athlete in the nation for the discus (166-9) in 2000. In all, she was a state champion three times in the discus and once in the shot put. She still holds the Silver State's high school record in the discus (156-0), which she set in 1999. She earned Junior All-American honors in 2000 after a third-place finish at the United States Junior meet. She also competed and won the discus at both events of the United States-Canada Junior Dual meet.
Saye-Crutchley graduated from UCLA in 2005 with a degree in sociology and a minor in classical civilizations. She earned her masters degree from UNLV in 2011 in sports education leadership. She is married to Charles Crutchley, a former UNLV football player. The two have three sons together: Grant and John, who are both four years old, and Jaden, who is one.