Strong Start For Rebels|
Jan. 17, 2009
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -
The UNLV women's track and field team got its season off to a strong start on Saturday, as several Rebels posted top-10 finishes and personal bests at the Lumberjack Invitational in Flagstaff, Ariz.
Lekeisha Lawson turned in a career-best time in the 60 meters, clocking a 7.53 to finish second overall, a place she also took in the 200 with a time of 24.98. Lawson was followed in both races by Chanel Woodley, who posted times of 7.59 in the 60 and 25.23 in the 200.
"We had some ups and downs for the first meet of the year but it gave the athletes a good opportunity to get their nerves out and see what needs to be done, especially the newcomers," head coach Yvonne Scott-Williams said. "We are better than we were this time last year and we anticipate that we will continue to progress as we get closer to conference championships"
The Rebels posted a third-fourth-fifth finish in the 60-meter hurdles by Candise Maxwell (8.84), Meia Tezeno (8.90) and Rachael Long (8.96) respectively. Also on the track, senior distance runner Jennifer Shearer finished third in the 3000 meters with a time of 5:26.27, and she was followed by Isabelle Stoate, who came in third with a time of 5:34.38.
Highlights in the field events included Talyah Polee coming in second in the long jump with a leap of 17-10.25, and Deja Edwards coming in fourth with a mark of 17-7.00. Olivia Raya also posted a personal best of 51-9.75 in the weight throw.
UNLV was part of a field of 13 teams that included host Northern Arizona, Arizona and UCLA.
The Rebels will be back in action two weeks from now as it travels back to NAU for the Mt. T Invitational, which is Jan. 30 and 31.