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Rebels Take Second At MW Outdoors

May 12, 2018

CLOVIS, Calif. (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV track & field program finished second overall at the 2018 Mountain West Outdoor Championships with 108 total points, 82 of which were scored Saturday -- the fourth and final day of the meet. The Rebels got wins from Avi'Tal Perteete and Jasmyne Graham in the 800m and 100m hurdles, respectively, and had runner-up finishes in the 100m, 400m, 4x100m relay and 4x400m relay.

UNLV trailed Colorado State for second place by 0.50 points heading into the final event -- the 4x400m relay. The Rebels managed to pass the Rams with help from a better finish in the relay -- second and eight points instead of third and six.

The Rebels finished 11.50 points behind meet champion San Diego State (120.50 points), but ahead of CSU (1:06.50), Boise State (84) and Utah State (78). New Mexico (60), Fresno State (58.50), UNR (57.50), San Jose State (55), Air Force (46) and Wyoming (44) rounded out sixth through 11th place.

"I am extremely proud of our Rebels," said head coach Yvonne Wade. "They fought hard for four days and gave us everything they had. Unfortunately, we fell a little short of where we wanted to finish, but we are still extremely proud of how hard they battled. It was an exciting competition and the Mountain West is getting stronger and stronger, and I am very proud of what we have accomplished and where we are heading."

The Scarlet & Gray's finish ties its best showing at an MW Outdoor Championships since the conference's first meet in 2000. To date, UNLV has finished second twice and third two times (2012 and 2017).

 

 

Perteete and Graham not only did won their events with ease, but they did so with some astonishing times. The former rewrote the MW's all-time record book and moved into second in UNLV's all-time performances by clocking a 2:02.87 in the 800m, while the latter 13.10 in the 100m hurdles is a Rebel record and the third fastest in MW history.

The aforementioned duo also helped the Rebels score points in the 4x400m relay and 4x100m relay. Perteete partnered with Nylia Hudspeth, Kaysha Love and Najia Hudspeth to claim second in the 4x400m relay in 3:39.12. Graham, Love and Najia Hudspeth teamed up with Destiny Smith-Barnett to take second in the 4x100m relay (44.56).

Najia Hudspeth and Smith-Barnett were second in the 400m (54.69) and 100m (11.40), respectively. Nylia Hudspeth was fourth in the 400m (54.69). Love took fifth in both the 200m (23.78 PB) and 400m (54.69).

Jaela Williams, who finished second in the long jump Friday, was third in the 100m hurdles (13.80) Saturday.

ADDITIONAL REBEL TRACK SCORERS:
- In the 100m hurdles, Amari Norris was sixth (14.18)
- In the 800m, Elisa Rovere was fourth (2:07.25 PB)
- In the 400m hurdles, Graham was seventh (1:01.05)

REBEL NOTES:
- Love scored eight points as an individual and added 16 more as a member of both relay teams
- Najia Hudspeth scored eight points as an individual and added 16 more as a member of both relay teams
- Perteete scored 10 points as an individual and added eight more as a member of the 4x400m relay
- Smith Barnett scored nine points as an individual and added eight more as a member of the 4x100m relay
- Nylia Hudspeth scroed five points as an individual and added eight more as a member of the 4x400m relay
- Graham scored 17 points as an individual
- Williams scored 14 points as an individual

GOVERNOR'S SERIES:
- By virtue of its team's higher finish in the MW Outdoor Championships, UNLV Athletics will be awarded the three points associated with outdoor track & field towards the standings of the Governor's Series presented by NV Energy and Barrick Gold. The Rebels now lead the head-to-head academic and athletic challenge by six points, 24-18, with baseball and the APR left to be decided.

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