Bingson Hammers Home Another MW Title
May 11, 2012
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV track & field team sits sixth overall heading into the final day of the 2012 Mountain West Outdoor Track & Field Championships held in Colorado Springs, Colo. UNLV's Amanda Bingson picked up 10 of the team's 20 points Friday morning with her third straight first-place finish in the hammer throw. On the track, 12 Rebels qualified for the finals in six different events, as they notched five first-place finishes in rainy and cold conditions.
Bingson, who already holds the best mark in the NCAA this season, set a Cadet Stadium record with her measurement of 222-11 (67.94m) in the hammer. She became just the second student-athlete to earn three MW hammer titles in her career - joining Colorado State's Loree Smith - and the first to win the event three consecutive years. She also owns three of the top-five throws all-time in MW outdoor history.
"Despite unfavorable weather, our Rebels really stepped up and fought hard as a group to compete and make finals in their events," said head coach Yvonne Wade. "Tomorrow is a brand new day and it's anyone's win for the taking. We will do our best to go after the championship. These young ladies deserve it!"
Emily Blok, Secoral Yanez, Brett Zorich and Christine Lowe were busy Friday for UNLV, as each qualified for the finals in two events. Blok ran the fastest times in both the 100m (11.66) and the 200m (23.71 - Personal Best). Yanez was first in the 400m (54.90) and second in the 200m (24.31). Zorich finished second in the 400m (55.10 - PB) and eighth in the 800m (2:14.51). Lowe claimed first in the 400m hurdles (59.26) and sixth in the 400m (56.59).
Erin Straughter (fourth place) and Erin Morris (fifth place) both ran personal-best times in the 100m hurdles with qualifying efforts of 14.07 and 14.09, respectively.
Uchechi Anunkor joined Blok in the 100m finals with a time of 11.99, which was the fourth best Friday.
Including Bartosch's placement, UNLV had five qualify for the finals in the 800m. Kelsey Williamson topped the list with a time of 2:11.99. Corey Honeycutt was second (2:13.09), while Alison Bartosch was sixth (2:14.06) and Courtney Allen was ninth (2:15.92).
Laura Affeld was the second Rebel to make it to the 400m hurdle finals, alongside Lowe, with her sixth-place effort of 1:01.65.
Saturday's action kicks off with the trials and finals of the women's shot put at 10:30 am. The women's 4x100m relay gets the track events underway at 12:30 pm.