Bingson Shines For Rebels
May 14, 2010
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - UNLV sophomore Amanda Bingson picked a fine time to turn in the best effort of her short career, winning the hammer throw in dominating fashion Friday during the first full day of the 2010 Mountain West Conference Outdoor Championships.
Bingson became the first Rebel in school history to eclipse the 210-foot mark in the event, tossing the hammer a distance of 210-2.00 to win the event by more than 15 feet to become the first UNLV athlete to win a throwing event at a conference meet since 1989. Bingson set a stadium record with her throw, and it got the Rebels started off on the right foot at the league meet, which is being held at the University of New Mexico Track and Field Complex.
Bingson didn't stop there and despite not competing in the discus all season, the Las Vegas native finished sixth in the event with a personal-best throw of 142-10.00.
"I felt confident coming in but I was really excited about throwing that far," Bingson said. "I knew I could do it and it is great that everything came together at the right time. Now I have to concentrate on staying consistent with doing what I have done all year long heading into the NCAA regional. And as far as the discus goes, I was just having fun."
Bingson was not the only Rebel to score in the hammer, as LaShante' Ellison finished seventh with a throw of 170-8.00 and Danielle Rios came in eighth with a distance of 168-7.00, giving the Rebels three more points. Those were both personal bests for Ellison and Rios, as the trio gave UNLV 13 points in that single event. UNLV also got a point in the field events with Deja Edwards' eighth-place leap of 19-4.00 in the long jump.
On the track senior Bailey Kuestermeyer took home third place in the 10,000 meters with a time of 37:56.17 and junior Sarah Muniz added a sixth-place finish in the steeplechase with a time of 11:22.87.
Overall the Rebels have 26 points after the first full day of competition which has the team in fifth place heading into Saturday's final day. Colorado State has the lead with 67 points, followed by New Mexico (45.50), BYU (45) is third, Air Force (26.50) is fourth, followed by the Rebels.
UNLV head coach Yvonne Scott is pleased where her team is sitting, especially following the performance of the throws group.
"Amanda has had an outstanding season thus far and she just keeps getting better," Scott said. "For her to come here and get the win was great. Coach Greg Watson has done a great job with our throws group. They really helped us go into tomorrow in a good position."
Heading into Saturday's finals, the Rebels will have several athletes in position to score points on the track, lead by senior Chauncey David-Jacobs, who could finish in the top five in both the 200 and 400 meters. UNLV freshman Emily Blok could score points in the 100 and 200 meters, while Shahnel Woodley should be among the top finishers in the 100 meters as well.
"Day one went really well for us as a team," Scott said. "There were a few disappointments, but overall it was a good day. We are going into Saturday excited and ready to compete and score points."
Saturday's first event is the men's pole vault at 11:00 a.m. (PT), while the first running event is women's 4x100 meter relay finals, which is also schedule to start at 11:00 a.m. The final event of the meet is the men's 4x400 relay at 3:35 p.m., and the women's 1,600-meter relay will be at 3:30 p.m., and the Rebels have the top-ranked team in the event.
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