Two More Run Into The Program's Record Book|
Feb. 4, 2017
LINCOLN, Nebraska (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV track & field program claimed one win and had four of its own notch personal bests on the second and final day of Nebraska's Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational. Included in Saturday's results from Nebraska's Bob Devaney Sports Center were Jaela Williams and Spencer Moore's times in the 60m hurdles and mile, respectively, that placed the duo in the program's indoor all-time performance list.
Williams, a transfer from Arkansas, legged out a time of 8.43 to move into fourth place in the program's 60m hurdles chart. More impressively, she is the third Rebel to post a time that qualified for one of the top-five spots this season, as teammates Taylor Pegram (first/8.31) and Amari Norris (fifth/8.44) did so two weeks ago in Flagstaff, Arizona.
Pegram finished fifth overall in the 60m hurdles final in 8.37 while Williams was seventh.
Moore clocked a time of 5:00.26 in the mile to move into fifth in the performance list.
"I am proud of how a good number of our student-athletes competed," said head coach Yvonne Wade. "We knew that throwing our student-athletes into the fire at a meet of this caliber would help us see if they will step up or fold under pressure. It was good to see the ones step up. They started to believe that they belonged amongst this group of athletes and competed with more confidence. This will help them when we get to our conference championships."
Kaysee Pilgrim claimed the top spot amongst collegiate competitors in the high jump with a measurement of 5-11.50 (1.78m).
In addition to Williams and Moore, UNLV also witnessed Nylia Hudspeth and Ayana Gales record personal bests. The former ran a time of 25.33 in the 200m while the latter had a mark of 38-6 (11.73m) in the triple jump with a half approach.
To date, UNLV has 12 of its own listed a total of 14 times in the top 10 in the Mountain West. Gales is tops in the long jump as well as eighth in the triple jump while Smith-Barnett, Pilgrim and Stella Clemens are second in the 60m, high jump and pentathlon, respectively. Overall, the Rebels have three ranked in both the 60m -- Kaysha Love (fifth/7.45) and Austin (seventh/7.49) -- and 60m hurdles -- Pegram (third/8.35), Williams (fourth/8.43) and Norris (fifth/8.48). Najia Hudspeth (seventh/24.61) and Austin (eighth/24.62) are back to back in the 200m. Additionally, the program's 4x400m relay squad ranks third.
The Scarlet & Gray will stay on the road and compete in New Mexico's Don Kirby Invitational next weekend (Feb. 10-11) in Albuquerque, N.M.