UNLV Heads To Championships
Feb. 21, 2007
LAS VEGAS - UNLV women's track and field begins competing Friday at the 2007 Mountain West Conference Indoor Championships, held at the Albuquerque Convention Center in Albuquerque, N.M., and hosted by the University of New Mexico.
The meet officially gets underway Thursday with the pentathlon and heptathlon but the Rebels do not have an athlete entered in the pentathlon.
UNLV head coach Barbara Ferrell-Edmonson should get points on both the track and in the field, as a total of six different Rebels have top-10 marks in the MWC entering the league meet.
A pair of sprinters, Lekeisha Lawson and Meia Tezeno, should be in the running to earn points at the championships in the 60 meters. Lawson has recorded the eighth-fastest time this indoor season with a 7.66, and Tezeno is right behind with a 7.70, which is the ninth fastest. Both runners could run legs on the Rebels' 4x400 relay team, which brings in the eighth-best mark to the meet with a time of 4:01.33. Away from the track and on the field is an area where the Rebels could secure the majority of their scoring at the league meet.
Junior thrower Monique Humphries will attempt to lengthen the school record she has set twice this year in the weight throw, a mark of 57'-2.25" that is the fourth-best in the league this fall. Humphries has reached that mark twice this season, most recently two weeks ago at the Albuquerque Convention Center. She will be joined in the weight throw by Olivia Raya, who has the 10 th-best throw in the league with a distance of 49'-9.00"
Also in the throwers' ring will be Aja Evans, who brings the fifth-best mark in the shot put to the league championships with a mark of 45'-9.75".
In the long jump pit Kenya Polee will have a chance of scoring points, as she has the 11 th-best distance in the league with a leap of 18'-1.75".
UNLV finished eighth at last year's league championship with 29 points and the Rebels' best finish came in 2000, when they finished second with 91.50 points. BYU had won five-straight MWC Indoor titles before Colorado State broke the streak in 2006. Both the Rams and the Cougars are the favorites at this weekend's meet.
Friday's action gets underway at 12:00 p.m. (PST) with the women's weight throw and the first running event is the men's 5,000 meters at 12:30. The final event Friday is the women's distance medley at 4:30.