Crowe-Carter, Austin Help Rebels To Fifth Place|
May 16, 2015
SAN DIEGO (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV track & field team scored 55 points Saturday to finish fifth overall at the 2015 Mountain West Outdoor Championships Saturday. The Rebels entered the fourth and final day of the Conference meet in ninth, but a first-place finish by Auzsane Crowe-Carter in the 800m and help from Drea Austin in four more events pushed the Scarlet & Gray up the standings at San Diego State's Sports Deck.
By virtue of the team's higher finish at the league meet, UNLV Athletics secured its third consecutive title in the Governor's Series presented by NV Energy and sponsored by Barrick Gold. Currently, the Rebels lead the Wolf Pack by nine points, 27-18, with only three left to be handed out for the Academic Progress Rate (APR).
Crowe-Carter entered Saturday's race as the defending MW champion in the meet after she set a stadium record in Laramie, Wyo., last year. Today, she registered 10 points for UNLV when she legged out a time of 2:08.63, which was more than a second faster than the second-place finisher.
Austin was directly responsible for 22 of the squad's haul of 55 points. She helped the 4x100m relay to a second-place finish (45.67: eight points) and later ran a portion of the 4x400m relay, which was fourth (3:43.77: five points). Individually, she was ran personal bests in both the 100m and 200m. She was fourth (11.63: five points) in the former and fifth (23.71: four points) in the latter.
Joining Austin on the 4x400m relay were Joniece Ervin, Mandy Chitwood and Laura Anuakpado. The five points associated with their fourth-place finish helped UNLV move into fifth and ahead of Boise State (62 points) and UNR (61 points).
"We have a young team," said head coach Yvonne Wade. "Drea, who is only a freshman, has really set the tone for the future of UNLV track & field. With the return of our seasoned student-athletes, like Auzsane, and the return of Destiny Smith-Barnett next season, we are excited about what is in our future."
Monay Meggs, who also ran a leg of the 4x100m relay along with Austin, Micayla Coquia and Kenia Bonilla, was seventh in both the 200m (24.19) and 400m (55.72). Those two individual efforts added a total of four points to UNLV's tally.
Ervin and Taylor Pegram combined to score seven points for the Rebels in the hurdles. Ervin was fourth overall in the 400m hurdles in a personal-best time of 1:00.42 (five points), while Pegram was seventh in the 100m hurdles (13.78: two points).
In the field events, MacKenna Howard and Vanessa Sierra finished back-to-back for UNLV in fourth and fifth in the shot put. Howard was fourth (five points) with a throw of 49-6.50 (15.10m), while Sierra was one spot back in fifth (four points) with a personal-best toss of 48-1.75 (14.67). Sierra's distance upped her fifth-place standing in UNLV's outdoor performance list.
Kylee Vandenberg, who was sixth in the heptathlon, claimed sixth place in the javelin (135-3/41.22m: three points).
Colorado State won the championship with a total of 167 points. New Mexico finished second with 133 points, while San Diego State was in third (116). Utah State (68), UNLV (64), Boise State, UNR, Wyoming (52), Fresno State (51), San Jose State (33) and Air Force (12) rounded out fourth through 11th place.