Rebels Underway At MWC Championships
May 12, 2011
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (UNLVRebels.com) - UNLV's Taylar Mills and Talyah Polee finished seventh and eighth, respectively, in the two-day heptathlon to kick off the 2011 Mountain West Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships. The duo combined to score three points for UNLV, which sits in sixth place overall.
Mills totaled 4,219 points and had her best showing (fourth) in the javelin throw with a toss of 109-6 (33.38m). She finished fifth in both the 800m run (2:37.64) and the shot put (34-5/10.49m).
Polee finished in the top four in three events with the 200m (25.80) going down as her best event. She was third in the 100m hurdles (14.57) and fourth in the long jump with a leap of 17-7.8 (5.38m). Unfortunately, she suffered a leg injury during the long jump, but managed to complete the day's events and accumulate 4,072 points.
"I am really proud of the heptathletes," said head coach Yvonne Scott. "Despite the conditions they fought to give our team some points going into Friday's competition. Talyah is amazing to be willing to finish the event for the team. Often times there is a one point difference between two teams, so her sacrifice can make a huge difference for us."
San Diego State's Allison Reeser won the heptathlon with a total of 5,408 points and earned 10 points for her overall team score. She placed first in five of the seven events and faired no worse than fifth in the two that she did not win.
Friday is the third day of the Championships and a full slate is scheduled. The field events begin at 10:00 am MT with Amanda Bingson's attempt to defend her women's hammer throw title from a year ago. The running events start at 1:30 with the women's steeplechase run.