Morris, Miller Move Up UNLV's Performance List
May 16, 2014
LARAMIE, Wyo. (UNLVRebels.com) - After three days of competition and seven completed events, the UNLV track & field team sits in ninth place at the 2014 Mountain West Outdoor Championships. Three Rebels earned a total of 10 points Friday to boost the Scarlet & Gray's total to 12 at the league meet hosted by the University of Wyoming at the Louis S. Madrid Sports Complex.
Unfortunately, UNLV suffered a major setback when Monay Meggs - one of its top sprinters and a member of both the relays - injured a hamstring in the 200m. After running the top time in the 400m (54.91), Meggs came up short in the 200m, but still managed to finish 11th in a time of 24.56.
"Obviously losing one of our top sprinters due to injury hurts, but we have a great group of athletes that have what it takes to make up that loss and still get the job done," said head coach Yvonne Wade. That is what this team is about. Everyone will need to step up tomorrow and make every effort count. We had some amazing performances by some of our athletes today and we will continue that into the finals tomorrow."
Cortney Miller led the Rebel contingent with a fourth-place showing (five points) in the hammer throw with a personal-best toss of 195-4 (59.54m). The measurement increased her third-place standing in the program's outdoor performance list by two feet and five inches.
Amber Sanford and Laura Affeld combined for five points with their fifth- and eighth-place efforts in the long jump and 3000m Steeplechase, respectively. Sanford jumped a measurement of 19-7 (5.97m) to earn four points, while Affeld ran a time of 11:48.51 for one point.
The Rebels have eight runners - minus Meggs - advancing to Saturday's final rounds in six events. Erin Morris, who set personal-best times in the preliminary heats of the 100m hurdles (13.48 - first) and 100m (11.90 - fourth), will lead the contingent into day four. Morris' time in the 100m hurdles ranks as the third-best in UNLV's outdoor performance list and only .01 seconds behind Prudence Jackson, who sits in second with a 13.47.
Kenia Bonilla also turned in a pair of personal-best times in the 100m (11.94) and 200m (24.21). By virtue of Bonilla's finish, she will be seeded eighth and fifth, respectively, in tomorrow's finals.
Noela Estrada enters the finale of the 400m hurdles seeded seventh after running 1:02.96 in the prelims.
Saturday's action will begin at noon MT (11:00 am PT) with the javelin and 4x100m relay. In all, there will be 14 events (10 track and four field) with the women's 4x400m relay wrapping up the four-day meet at 3:30 pm MT (2:30 pm PT).