Rebels Return To Duke City For MW Indoors|
Feb. 21, 2018
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV track & field program heads into this week's Mountain West Indoor Championships with the top times in the 400m and 4x400m relay as well as the second-best times in the 200m, 800m, Distance Medley Relay, 60m hurdles and shot put.
The three-day meet, which begins Thursday and runs through Saturday, will take place at the Albuquerque Convention Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
This jaunt to the Duke City will mark the second by the Scarlet & Gray this month, as the squad competed in the New Mexico Collegiate Classic (February 2-3) where Avi'Tal Perteete and Jasmyne Graham clocked two of the program's all-time performances for their respective events. Perteete moved into fourth at UNLV in the 800m when she won the race with a time of 2:07.12, which is the second-best in the MW this season. Graham's time of 8.41 in the 60m hurdles put her third at UNLV and second in the conference this season.
Overall, Najia Hudspeth leads all MW competitors in the 400m (54.68), while the quartet of Drea Austin, Perteete, Kaysha Love and Nylia Hudspeth sit atop the conference standings in the 4x400m relay (3:41.20).
The foursome that comprise the 4x400m relay are also ranked highly in the MW as individuals. Austin comes in second in the 200m (23.98) and third in the 60m (7.47). Love is fourth in the 200m (24.03) and 60m (7.51).
The Rebels' Distance Medley Relay (Perteete, Yamilet Biggers, Spencer Moore and Elisa Rovere) comes in second in the MW with the program's all-time best time of 11:38.42. Also in second place in the MW is MacKenna Howard in the shot put (52-5.5/15.99m).
UNLV's participation at the MW Indoors kicks off Thursday at 11:00 am MT (10:00 am PT) with Stella Clemens (fifth in the MW/3,585 points) and Kylee Vandenberg. Friday's action begins at 1:00 pm MT (12:00 pm PT) with the long jump, which will be one of three events (weight throw and high jump that will be decided that day, while the majority of the competition on the track will be qualifying for Saturday's finals.
The Rebels finished second overall at last year's MW Indoors to match the program's best finish in conference history (2000). UNLV was a mere 3.5 points (102.5-99.0) behind first-place Colorado State for the team title. Head coach Yvonne Wade earned MW Indoor Coach of the Year honors for the squad's performance, which produced a program-best All-MW Team performers haul (seven individuals and 4x400m relay).