Strong Saturday For Rebels|
May 15, 2010
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Complete Results
In a thrilling finish, UNLV's 4x400 meter relay team took second to propel the Rebels to a fifth-place finish Saturday at the 2010 Mountain West Conference Outdoor Championships, which were held at the University of New Mexico Track and Field Complex.
Heading into the day's final event the Rebels trailed Utah for fifth place by just one-and-a-half points, and UNLV ran a time of 3:39.80, just ahead of Utes, who ran a 3:42.41 to come in third. That two-point swing was enough to move UNLV up to fifth, the program's best finish at the outdoor MWC meet since the Rebels were also fifth in the 2005 event.
Overall the Rebels picked up nine top-seven finishes on the day to bring their point total to 71, a half point ahead of the Utes and one point in front of San Diego State in seventh. BYU took home the team title with 204 points, followed by TCU (121), Colorado State (101) and then New Mexico (93.50). Air Force (59.50) finished eighth and Wyoming (28.50) was ninth.
"I am so proud of this team," UNLV head coach Yvonne Scott said. "They really came out here and competed, put their hearts out there and gave it their all. Finishing fifth is a great step in the right direction for the program. We are moving forward from here."
Capping the strong day for the Rebels was sophomore Amanda Bingson being awarded with the Outstanding Performance of the meet after she won the hammer throw with a school and stadium record toss of 210-2.00. She won the event by more than 15 feet and Bingson became the first Rebel to win a throwing event at a conference meet since 1989.
Saturday was all about the track for the Rebels, as senior Chauncey David-Jacobs and freshman Emily Blok each earned points in a pair of events. David-Jacobs finished second in the 200 meters (23.87) and fourth in the 400 meters (54.14) while Blok came in fourth in the 100 meters (12.06) and fifth in 200 meters (24.45).
Elsewhere on the track, Shahnel Woodley finished sixth in the 100 meters (12.17), Candise Maxwell came in seventh in the 100-meter hurdles (14.29) and Christine Lowe finished seventh in the 400-meter hurdles (1:08.73) despite falling down. The UNLV 4x100 meter relay also finished second with a time of 44.83, part of a strong showing by the team's two relay squads.
The Rebels will now wait until Monday to find out who qualified for the NCAA West Regional meet, which will be May 28-29 in Austin, Texas.