Rebels Sit Tied For Third Heading Into Day Three Of The MW Meet|
May 11, 2017
LOGAN, Utah (UNLVRebels.com) - UNLV track & field's Stella Clemens moved up two spots Thursday to finish second overall in the heptathlon at the 2017 Mountain West Outdoor Championships. Clemens entered the day in fourth place and advanced in the standings with personal bests in both the long jump (second place) and javelin (first place) en route to a personal-best haul of 5,451 points at Utah State’s Ralph Maughan Track Stadium.
Clemens began the day with the long jump and a leap of 19-0.75 (5.81m) before she unleashed a winning throw of 131-02 (39.98m) in the javelin. She concluded the seven-event discipline with a seventh-place time of 2:25.76 in the 800m.
In the 10,000m, Nikki Regalado class clocked a time of 38:50.15, which was good enough for 17th place. By virtue of Clemens’ finish, the Scarlet & Gray earned eight points and sits tied for third overall in the meet’s standings.
Nevada, Reno sits in first overall with a total of 18 points, 10 of those from heptathlon champion Nicole Wadden. The Wolf Pack got eight more from a trio in the 10,000. Boise State is second with 12 points while UNLV and Air Force are tied for third with eight apiece. Fresno State, San Jose State and Colorado State (six points), New Mexico and Wyoming (five), San Diego State (three) and Utah State (one) round out 11 teams that have registered points through two days.
Friday's action gets underway at 9:00 a.m. PT with the hammer throw, while the track portion begins at 2:30 p.m. PT with the men's 1500m. The women's 1500m will start 15 minutes later. Field events will conclude at 4:00 p.m. PT with the men's discus throw while the women’s steeplechase closes out Friday's slate at 6:00 p.m. PT.
The fourth and final day of the meet starts with the women's shot put at 1:30 p.m. PT. The 4x400m relay closes the women's portion of the meet at 6:25 p.m. PT.
The Rebels finished fifth overall at last year's meet, which as hosted by Fresno State at Buchanan High School's Veterans Memorial Stadium in Clovis, California. Ayana Gales is looking for another stellar performance in the long jump after last year's second-place finish with a distance of 20-10.75 (6.37m) earning her All-MW honors, while Destiny Smith-Barnett (11.38-w) and Drea Austin (11.56-w: Las Vegas/Foothill HS) claimed All-MW honors for their second and fourth-place finishes in the 100m, respectively.
Gales enters this week's meet with the best long jump amongst MW competitors. She jumped 21-0.5 (6.41m) at the adidas/Steve Scott Invitational on April 28, good enough for third all-time on the outdoor program list. Kaysee Pilgrim also enters this week's meet with the top spot in the high jump amongst MW competitors. She jumped a program-best 6-1.25 (1.86m) at the same meet on April 29.
Some notable Rebels that placed their name on the all-time program list that will compete this week are Taylor Pegram, who is now first all-time in the 100m hurdles with a time of 13.34 at the adidas/Steve Scott Invitational and sits third in the recent MW standings. Regalado, who is now third all-time in the 5000m with a time of 16:54.66 at the Mt. SAC Relays, will compete in the event while Mandy Chitwood (Las Vegas/Canyon Springs HS) will run in the 800m (2:07.55, fifth all-time).
The Rebel 4x400m relay squad of Chitwood, Austin, Hannah Davis and Najia Hudspeth ranks first after running 3:38.89 at the Stanford Invitational, while the 4x100m relay quartet of Smith-Barnett, Kaysha Love, Najia Hudspeth and Austin sits second after running 44.08 at the UNLV Invitational.
Nylia Hudspeth, Micayla Coquia, Davis and Madison Aldred (Las Vegas/Arbor View HS) look to fill four lanes in the finals of the 400m slated for Friday at 3:40 p.m. PT. Hudspeth will also compete in the 200m, while Davis will also run in the 400m hurdles.
In addition to Gales, Pilgrim, Pegram and two relay quartets, UNLV has 11 more that are ranked in the top 10 in the most recent MW standings. Smith-Barnett is second in the 100m (11.20) and fourth in the 200m (23.50), while Najia Hudspeth is fifth in the 100m (11.49), third in the 200m (23.24) and fourth in the 400m (54.25). Austin and Love joins the duo in the 100m placing sixth (11.53) and 10th (11.79), respectively, as well as Austin being fifth in the 200m (23.66). Nylia Hudspeth joins her twin sister in the 400m placing ninth (54.99). In the 800m, Chitwood is third (2:07.55) while Jaela Williams and Amari Norris (Las Vegas/Silverado HS) sits seventh (13.58) and eighth (13.82) in the long jump, respectively. The final trio to place in the top-10 are Davis in the 400m hurdles (fourth, 1:01.01), Danielle Williams in the triple jump (fifth: 397.25/12.07m) and Clemens in the javelin throw (10th: 128-11/39.29m).