Rebels Finish Third At Conference Meet|
May 13, 2017
LOGAN, Utah (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV track & field team scored 81 points Saturday to finish third overall at the 2017 Mountain West Outdoor Championships. The Rebels entered the fourth and final day of the Conference meet in 10th, but a first-place finish and Conference record by Kaysee Pilgrim in the high jump and help from Destiny Smith-Barnett in two more events pushed the Scarlet & Gray up the standings.
San Diego State won the women's team title with a total of 159.50 points. Colorado State finished second (134) and UNLV claimed third (93). Nevada, Reno (92.50), Fresno State (67), Boise State (61) Air Force (59), Utah State (42.50), New Mexico (41.50), Wyoming (36) and San Jose State (33) rounded out fourth through 11th place.
By virtue of the Rebels' higher finish at the league meet, UNLV earned three points in the Governor's Series presented by NV Energy and Barrick Gold. Currently, the Rebels lead the Wolf Pack by three points, 24-21, with only three athletic points left to be handed out this weekend in baseball.
"Today was a very intense day and it came down to the wire," said head coach Yvonne Wade. "I'm proud of those who stepped up when we needed it and helped our team be top three in the conference, but I know we could have done better and we have work to do for the future. Now, it's time to focus on regionals and beyond."
Pilgrim entered Saturday's high jump sporting the Conference's best mark (6-1.25/1.86m), and she improved upon it with a measurement of 6-2.75 (1.90m) that not only rewrote her UNLV outdoor record, but also the MW's all-time mark as well as its outdoor championships best. Moreover, Saturday's distance sits first overall in the nation.
Smith-Barnett was directly responsible for 12 of the squad's points on day four. For the second straight MW Outdoor Championship, she came in second place in the 100m with a time of 11.26, earning eight points. She also finished fifth in the 200m earning four points (23.61).
Najia Hudspeth earned a total of 11 points between the 100m (23.39: eight points) and 200m (11.73: three points) with second- and sixth-place finishes, respectively.
Also securing points in the 200m was Drea Austin (23.44: six points), who finished third in the event.
In the 4x100m relay, the quartet of Smith-Barnett, Najia Hudspeth, Austin and Kaysha Love rewrote their own mark with today's second-place time of 43.81, good enough for third all-time in the MW Outdoor Championships.
"They did an amazing job putting UNLV and the Mountain West Conference on the map," said Wade. "So many national marks were made and that makes me very proud."
Mandy Chitwood, who also ran a leg of the 4x400m relay, was fourth in the 800m (2:08.17: five points). Joining Chitwood on the 4x400m relay were Austin and twins Nylia and Najia Hudspeth. The eight points associated with their second-place finish (3:38.93) secured the Scarlet and Gray's third-place mark ahead of Nevada, Reno (92.50 points) and Fresno State (67 points).
The remaining individual competitors who racked up crucial points came from Taylor Pegram (13.15: eight points) and Amari Norris (13.77: two points) in the 100m hurdles, who finished second and seventh, respectively. Micayla Coquia also earned a point in the 400m finishing eighth (56.45).
In the field events, Ayana Gales and Danielle Williams finished fifth (40-1.25/12.22m: four points) and seventh (38-5.5/11.72m: two points) in the triple jump, while Stella Clemens finished fifth in the javelin throw (127-05/38.83m: four points).
The UNLV track & field program will wait to see which student-athletes secure spots in the NCAA Regionals held in Austin, Texas, May 25-27.
NOTES: Pegram's finish in the 100m hurdles was the best by a Rebel at the MW Outdoor Championships since Joniece Ervin took eighth (13.93) at last year's event ... Smith-Barnett beat her personal-best MW Outdoor Championship time in the 100m (11.26) ... Pegram's second-place finish in the 100m hurdles is her best at the MW Outdoors since she finished seventh (13.78) at the 2015 event ... The 4x400m relay team time was the best by the relay squad at the MW Outdoor Championships since 2014 when they finished with a time of 3:43.06 ... Austin's time of 23.44 in the 200m was a personal-best ... Gales' distance of 40-1.25 (12.22m) in the triple jump was a personal-best.