Rebels Finish Up At MWC Championships
May 17, 2009
LARAMIE, Wyo. - UNLV women's track and field posted eight top-10 finishes on the track Saturday at the final day of the Mountain West Conference Championships to post an eighth-place finish at the meet, which was held at the Louis S. Madrid Sports Complex.
Lekeisha Lawson led the way with a pair of second-place finishes and Shahnel Woodley also ran to a pair of top-10 places as 48 of UNLV's 53 points came in the sprints/hurdles group. Lawson turned in times of 11.55 in the 100 meters and 23.48 in the 200 meters, and the time in the 200 was an NCAA West Regional qualifying mark. Woodley competed in both events as well, finishing fifth in the 100 with a time of 11.78 and fifth in the 200 with a time of 24.05.
Candise Maxwell added a third place in the 100-meter hurdles (13.55), while Rachael Long also made the finals of the event and ran a personal-best time of 13.90. Christine Lowe finished fourth in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 60.49. The relay teams performed well, with the 4x100 meter squad taking second with a time of 45.23 despite shaky handoffs and the 4x400 team placing fifth with a time of 3:46.72
"I was really proud of the team today," head coach Yvonne Scott-Williams said. "They went out and competed well and we walked away with some great results. We added two more NCAA qualifying marks and a lot of personal best performances and that is what it is all about, saving your best performances for championship competition."
The Rebels' five points that did not come on the track were scored Friday by Amanda Bingson, a freshman from Las Vegas, who placed fifth in the hammer throw and qualified for the NCAA West Regional with a distance of 181-1.00. Bingson broke the UNLV school record in the event, which was set earlier this year by Olivia Raya.
"We are getting better every year," Scott-Williams said. "As we build on to this team and develop in all the event areas, our future is limitless"
BYU won the team crown for the women with a point total of 190, followed by TCU with 125 points and then Colorado State came in third with 95.50 points. San Diego State (87.50), Utah (76), and New Mexico (75.50) placed fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively. Air Force finished seventh with 62 points, while UNLV (eighth, 53) and Wyoming (ninth, 49.50) rounded out the final positions.