DeCree, Turner Highlight Action For Rebels
April 24, 2004
LAS VEGAS - Four Rebels all won one event and five posted NCAA Regional qualifying marks, while one school record fell as the UNLV Track & Field team hosted the 2004 UNLV Invite on Saturday at Myron Partridge Stadium and Sheila Tarr Smith Field. Close to 200 athletes participated in the meet from a total of six different schools.
One of the highlights of the meet for the Rebels came early, as Angie Turner's throw of 147-05 (44.97m) in the hammer throw broke a six-year old school record, bettering Emily Patenaude's old mark of 146-05. Turner finished fifth in the event, and also added a sixth-place performance in the shot put (12.37m).
Halima Decree won the first event for UNLV, the 100m dash, in a NCAA regional qualifying time of 11.70, and then helped the 4x100m relay to a NCAA qualifying time as well, as they finished with a time of 45.60, good for first place and .20 ahead of the regional qualifying time.
Gaven Jones added the third win of the meet for UNLV, claiming the 400m dash in a time of 56.86, while teammate Deanna Appuglise was third in 57.13. Jones was also seventh in the 200m dash. UNLV turned in an impressive finish in the 100m hurdles, taking first, second, and fourth place. Both Kiyota Reed (1st in 13.76) and Miesha McClendon (2nd in 13.94) posted NCAA qualifying times, while Christine Spence was fourth in 14.02. Spence claimed the fifth win of the meet for the Rebels, winning the high jump with a mark of 1.78m, also a NCAA qualifying mark.
Ashley Pierce led UNLV in the 800m run, placing fourth (2:17.91), while Samantha Serrano was the top finisher in the 1,500m run (5:00.26). Michele Suszek posted an impressive 18:22.04 in the 5,000m run, the fastest time by a Rebel this year by almost two minutes.
Ashley Patin finished fourth in the 400m hurdles, Tiffany Smith was fourth in the long jump and second in the triple jump, Heather Harding was sixth in the discus throw, and Lacey Bridges fifth in the javelin.
The Rebels will next compete at the Steve Scott Invitational in Irvine, Calif., before returning home to host the 2004 Mountain West Conference Championships from May 12-15.