Rebels Perform Well Day One In California|
March 31, 2017
STANFORD, Calif. (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV track & field team had good showings Friday in the Bay Area, at a pair of meets separated by nearly 30 miles. Destiny Smith-Barnett had the highest individual placement for UNLV with her first-place time of 11.22w in the 100m at the Stanford Invitational held at the Cobb Track and Angell Field. Smith-Barnett’s effort is the second-best performance for the distance by a Rebel in program history.
"I was really pleased with how the team competed today,” said head coach Yvonne Wade. “We planned to use this meet as an opportunity to work on certain aspects of each of the athletes' performance and many of them did that."
Twins Najia (55.24) and Nylia Hudspeth (55.31 PB) finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in the 400m, while Madison Aldred’s time of 57.61 was good enough for 17th place.
The remaining track events saw Drea Austin advance to the 100m finals thanks to her first-place finish in the third heat of the preliminaries (11.95). Austin would go on to finish fourth in the final thanks to her time of 11.82w. Hannah Davis would finish off the track portion with her 18th place finish in the 400m hurdles (1:04.47).
In the 100m hurdles, three Rebels were able to advance to Saturday’s final thanks to Taylor Pegram (13.78, first), Jaela Williams (14.31w, fourth) and Amari Norris (14.08-w, fifth). Destiny Smith-Barnett (11.36, first) and Drea Austin (11.95, fourth) also advanced to Saturday’s final of the 100m.
In the field events, Ayana Gales finished first in the long jump with a distance of 20-8w (6.30m). Stella Clemens opened the day with a sixth-place finish in the collegiate long jump (18-3.75/5.58m), which was a personal-best jump.
At the SF Distance Carnival, Nikki Regalado opened the day finishing 15th in the 10K with a personal-best time of 36:36.54. A pair of distance runners ran in the 1500m with Spencer Moore clocking a time of 4:29.61, which was good enough for fifth place, while Caitlin Amburgey ran a personal-best 4:42.07.
"Our Rebels ran some competitive races that I am very proud of today,” said assistant coach Jebreh Harris. “We continue to show how much fight we have every time we step on the track. It was great to see and I am very happy with how we are performing.”
Saturday's action for the Rebels will begin with Danielle Williams in the triple jump at 1:00 pm. The first track event that the Rebels will take part in is the 4x100m relay at 1:30 pm. with the foursome of Gales, Smith-Barnett, Najia Hudspeth and Austin. The day concludes with four of the following in the 4x400m relay: Austin, Najia Hudspeth, Mandy Chitwood, Nylia Hudspeth, Hannah Davis and Madison Aldred at approximately 4:44 pm.