Three Rebels Reach NCAA Qualifying Marks
May 17, 2003
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Three of UNLV's own reached NCAA regional qualifying marks on the final day of the 2003 Mountain West Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships held at the UNM Track Stadium.
After placing third in Friday's preliminaries, sophomore sprinter Halima DeCree (Bakersfield, Calif.) did not let up finishing third in the finals of the 100 meters in an NCAA qualifying time of 11.49 seconds, a career and season best.
Sophomore Miesha McClendon (Pasadena, Calif.) added to the team's point total with a sixth-place finish in the 100m hurdles with an NCAA qualifying time of 14.04, followed by sophomore teammate Kiyota Reed (Los Angeles) in eighth (14.44). McClendon's time marked a career and season best.
In the high jump, senior Tianika Sharrieff (Euless, Texas) tied for second in the event with an NCAA qualifying mark of 5-07.00, which tied a season best clearance. Senior Casey Lektorich (Spokane, Wash.), who has already made qualifications for NCAA regionals, finished third in the javelin with a toss of 148-01.00.
UNLV also made strong finishes in the 4x100m and 4x400m relay events. DeCree, McClendon and Reed along with sophomore Michel Hunt (Los Angeles) placed third in the 4x100 with a season best 46.76 and eighth in the 4x400 with a season best 4:06.70.
Senior Jessica Zarndt (Las Vegas) paced the Rebel distance runners in the 5,000m with a time of 19:46.54 for 15th, while freshman thrower Angie Turner (Las Vegas) placed 13th in the shot put with a distance of 41-04.25.
San Diego State edged out three-time defending conference champion BYU for sole possession of this year's women's team title with 217 points. The Rebels placed eighth with 36 points.
Four Rebels (DeCree, McClendon, Sharrieff and Lektorich) will now prepare for the upcoming 2003 NCAA West Regionals on May 30-31 in Palo Alto, Calif. The top eight finishers at the Stanford hosted meet will advance to the 2003 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships on June 11-14 in Sacramento, Calif.