Pegram Surpasses Program's Best, Once Again|
April 14, 2017
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV track & field team wrapped up the Bryan Clay Invitational at Azusa Pacific's Cougar Athletic Stadium with help from another record-setting performance by Taylor Pegram in the 100m hurdles. In all, the Scarlet & Gray notched nine top-eight finishes, which included a victory from the 4x100m relay team.
"It was a long day at the track, but we had a lot of great things happen," said head coach Yvonne Wade. "Many of our athletes stepped up and competed well and we are very proud of them."
Pegram, who rewrote the program's outdoor record in the 100m hurdles four weeks ago at UNLV's own Spring Invitational/Sheila Tarr-Smith Multis (13.43), registered an outdoor program- and personal-best time of 13.37 (fourth place). Overall, she is tied for first place in the Mountain West and sits tied for 23rd in the nation in the event.
The 4x100m relay team, which consisted of Ayana Gales, Destiny Smith-Barnett, Najia Hudspeth, Drea Austin, claimed first with a time of 44.98, a Bryan Clay Invite meet record. The `B' team of Micayla Coquia, Amari Norris, Jaela Williams, Sydney Land finished third (46.80).
In the 4x400m relay, the `A' team of Mandy Chitwood, Coquia, Nylia Hudspeth and Madison Aldred took fifth (3:48.08), while the `B' team of Land, Hannah Davis, Yamilet Biggers and Kenia Bonilla claimed eighth (3:50.94)
Besides the aforementioned wins, Smith-Barnett posted a personal-best time of 11.21 (fourth place) in the 100m as the top collegiate competitor. Smith-Barnett finished right behind a trio of Olympians Dafne Schippers (Netherlands), Tianna Bartoletta (USA) and Desiree Henry (United Kingdom). Austin was three spots behind Smith-Barnett in a time of 11.77.
Six others were able to amass personal bests on the day with four of those coming in the 400m alone; Nylia Hudspeth (8th: 54.99), Coquia (19th: 56.17), Land (56.97) and Biggers (58.20). Rounding out those with their top individual marks were Najia Hudspeth in the 200m (5th: 23.77) and Davis in the 400m hurdles (10th: 1:01.01).
The field events featured Gales and Jaela Williams in the long jump with fourth- (19-10.25/6.05m) and sixth-place showings (19-6.75/5.96m).
Saturday will feature Smith-Barnett (100m) and the 4x100m relay team at the Mt. SAC Relays held at El Camino College in Cerritos.