UNLV Wraps Up MWC Championships
May 17, 2008
FORT WORTH, Texas - UNLV women's track and field had four student-athletes and both relay teams score points on Saturday, giving the Rebels an eighth-place finish at the 2008 Mountain West Conference Outdoor Championships, which took place at the Lowdon Track and Field Complex.
Colorado State won the women's title with 187 points, while BYU was second with 141 and San Diego State finished third with 126 points. Host TCU was next with 122, followed by New Mexico (78), Utah (58), Wyoming (46), UNLV (35) and Air Force (26). It was the first league outdoor meet for Rebel head coach Yvonne Scott-Williams, who saw a lot of positives as she begins to rebuild the program.
"Even though we are not a strong conference team yet, we are very pleased with many of the performances over the weekend," Scott-Williams said. "It shows that we are definitely moving in the right direction. The athletes see what is in store for the future of this program and feel just as excited about it at the coaches do. We expect that next season we will be even better."
Lekeisha Lawson was a dual-event scorer for the Rebels, finishing fourth in the 100 meters with a personal-best time of 11.65 and seventh in the 200 with a time of 24.31. Lauren Johnson finished one spot higher in the 200, cross the finish line in a time of 24.08 for sixth.
Brittney Bullocks ran a 54.15 in the 400-meter finals to finish fourth for the Rebels. Charlotte Browning came in third in the 1,500 meters in a time of 4:28.81 as she was not able to defend the title she won last year in the event.
In the relay events, the 4x100 relay team took third with a season-best and regional-qualifying time of 45.26, and the 4x400 squad took sixth with a time of 3:49.44. The 400-meter relay team included Bullocks, Johnson, Lawson and senior Tanesha Carr.
Thirty of UNLV's 35 team points were scored today and they were all on the track. The Rebels got their first five points on Friday off the arm of senior thrower Monique Humphries, who finished fourth in the hammer throw with a school-record distance of 173'-7.00".
Lawson in the 100, Bullocks in the 400 and the 4x100 meter relay team will now move on to compete in the NCAA West Regional meet, which is May 30-31 at Northridge, Calif.
Final Team scores (Women): 1. Colorado State - 187; 2. BYU - 141; 3. San Diego State - 126; 4. TCU - 122; 5. New Mexico - 78; 6. Utah - 58; 7. Wyoming - 46; 8. UNLV - 35; 9. Air Force - 26