Rebels Head To The Rockies For Indoor Meet|
Jan. 23, 2014
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV track & field will head east to the Rocky Mountains for two days of action at the 24th Air Force Invitational Friday and Saturday (Jan. 24-25). The meet, which begins Thursday - minus UNLV - with the women's pentathlon and men's heptathlon, will take place at the Cadet Field House Indoor Track at the USAF Academy, Colo.
The Invitational will be comprised of 13 programs with seven teams that compete on the NCAA Division I level (Air Force, BYU, Colorado, Colorado State, Northern Colorado, UNLV and Wyoming) as well as six more that are Division II and members of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (Colorado Mesa, Colorado School of Mines, CSU-Pueblo, Metro State, New Mexico Highlands and Western State).
"Since we are returning to the Air Force Academy for the Mountain West Indoor Championships at the end of February, I thought this was a good opportunity to have the team get a feel for competing at the Cadet Field House," said head coach Yvonne Wade. "Running on this type of track is a little different than what the team is used to, so the more opportunities to compete like this the better."
The Rebel contingent will be led by Adrianna Oliva, who finished eighth overall in the shot put at the Lumberjack Challenge in Flagstaff, Ariz., last weekend. Oliva's toss of 46-7 (14.20m) moved her up one spot to fourth in UNLV's career indoor performance list. She will compete in both the shot put and weight throw this weekend alongside fellow teammate Cortney Miller. The latter uncorked a personal-best weight throw (52-10.25/16.11m) in Flagstaff to take fourth place at the meet.
Erin Morris and Jordan Hardy will participate in the 60m hurdles after their second- and fourth-place showings at the Challenge, respectively. Hardy legged out a personal-best time of 8.91 in the heat portion of the event.
Monay Meggs will move back up to run the 200m and 400m as well as the 4x400m relay after a seventh-place showing in the 60m last week. Besides running as an individual in the 60m, Meggs partnered with Mandy Chitwood, Alva Castillo and Laura Anuakpado to run a combined 3:51.11 in the 4x400m relay.
Auzsane Crowe-Carter will run in three different events in the Rockies with a pair of distance races (800m and mile) and a leg of the 4x400m relay with Meggs. Joining Crowe-Carter in the 800 will be Chitwood, Miranda Menzies and Laura Affeld.
One week after finishing tied for 10th in the 60m, Ashley Franklin will run that distance as well as the 200m in the Invitational.
Amber Sanford is entered in both the long jump and triple jump, while her teammates Akia Armstrong and Krystal Wharton will join her in the former event. Besides the jumps, the trio race in some sprint events with Sanford entered in the 60m and 200m, Armstrong in the 200m and 400m and Wharton in the 60m.
Friday's action kicks off at 9:00 am MT (8:00 am PT) with men's 60m hurdles - one of three events in the men's heptathlon. The Rebels don't make their first appearance at the meet until 2:00 pm MT (1:00 pm PT) in the long jump. In all, the Scarlet & Gray will be featured in five events Friday: long jump, 400m dash, weight throw, 200m dash and distance medley relay.