Rebels Off And Running
May 16, 2008
FORT WORTH, Texas - It was a busy first full day of competition for the UNLV women's track and field team at the 2008 Mountain West Conference Outdoor Championships on Friday, as the Rebels saw a school record broken as well as several student-athletes qualify for tomorrow's finals. The meet is being held at the Lowdon Track and Field Complex and is being hosted by TCU.
UNLV senior thrower Monique Humphries provided her team with all of its points, as she finished fourth in the hammer with a distance of 173'-7.00", which shattered her own school record in the event. Humphries, a native of Arlington, Texas, also holds the school record in the indoor weight throw.
The Rebels also performed well on the track, with several sprinters running their way into Saturday's finals.
Lekeisha Lawson ran a regional-qualifying time of 11.71 in the 100 meters, and also qualified for the MWC finals in the 200 meters with a time of 24.11. Lauren Johnson was also a dual qualifier, earning spots in the 100 meters (11.86) and 200 meters (24.05).
In the 400 meters, junior Brittney Bullocks ran a personal-best time of 53.85, the second-fastest time of the day in the event. Jennifer Shearer ran a 37:22.85 in the 10,000 meters, which was the sixth-fastest time in school history, and she narrowly missed scoring points, coming in 10th overall.
Overall first-year head coach Yvonne Scott-Williams was pleased with the performance of her Rebel squad.
"It was a really good first day as many of the athletes really stepped up their performance," Scott-Williams said. "To add another regional qualifying mark, a school record and have as many athletes as we do make it to the finals is phenomenal. Now the plan is to refocus on tomorrow's finals and leave Fort Worth feeling good and excited about the future of the program."
UNLV will wrap up competition at the MWC Outdoor Championships tomorrow, starting with the women's discus at 8:00 a.m. (PDT). Fans can follow the meet live by CLICKING HERE.
Women Team Scores:
1. Colorado State - 91; 2. BYU - 51; 3. New Mexico - 37; 4. TCU/Utah 25; 6. San Diego State - 20; 7. Wyoming - 10; 8. Air Force - 9; UNLV - 5