Rebels Open Up 2014 With Some Strong Showings
Jan. 18, 2014
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV track & field program got some strong showings in its first action of the 2014 season Friday night in Flagstaff, Ariz. The Rebels were led by Adrianna Oliva, who improved her individual standing in UNLV's all-time indoor shot put performance rankings to fourth overall with a personal-best distance of 46-7 (14.20m). In all, UNLV had seven top-eight finishes - including Oliva's throw that was the eighth best in her event - at Northern Arizona's Lumberjack Challenge contested at the Walkup Skydome.
On the track, the Rebels were paced by Erin Morris' and Jordan Hardy's finishes in the 60m hurdles where the former placed second overall (8.65), while the latter was eighth (8.95). In the heat portion of the event, Hardy legged out a personal-best time of 8.91.
Monay Meggs and Ashley Franklin qualified for the 60m finals after strong times in their respective heats. Meggs came in tied for seventh overall (7.61), while Franklin was tied for 10th with a personal-best time of 7.65.
The Rebels also got good efforts from Miranda Menzies , who was fourth in the 800m (2:22.40), and Laura Anuakpado (400m/57.98) and Auzsane Crowe-Carter (mile/2:22.40). Both Anuakpado and Crowe-Carter were eighth in their respective races.
Off the track, UNLV had two athletes finish in the top eight in the high jump with Madison Johonnot (5-5.75/1.67m) and Myra Dean (5-1.8/1.57m) placing third and eighth, respectively.
UNLV returns to action next week at the two-day (Jan. 24-25) at the Air Force Invitational in Colorado Springs, Colo.