Rebels Return To The Golden State This Weekend|
March 30, 2017
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV track & field program will head West to California and have members participating at the Stanford Invitational and San Francisco Distance Carnival in the Bay Area this weekend. The Rebels will see action on both Friday and Saturday.
The majority of the Rebels will head to the Stanford Invitational at Cobb Track and Angell Field. The 4x100m relay portion will be showcased by the foursome of Ayana Gales, Destiny Smith-Barnett, Najia Hudspeth and Drea Austin. The 4x400m relay will be comprised of four of the following: Austin, Najia Hudspeth, Mandy Chitwood, Nylia Hudspeth, Hannah Davis and Madison Aldred.
Members of the relays will also compete in other races on the track, as well. Smith-Barnett and Austin will participate in the 100m and 200m. The Hudspeth twins as well as Aldred are entered in the 400m, while Chitwood will compete in the 800m.
UNLV’s field competitors will be represented by Gales and Stella Clemens in the long jump as well as Vanessa Sierra in the shot put on Friday. Saturday’s field events will see Danielle Williams in the triple jump while Sierra and Taylor Forte will compete in the discus.
Also competing in Stanford is Micayla Coquia, who sits seventh in the MW in the 400m (56.28) and looks to improve upon her season-best time. Amari Norris, Taylor Pegram and Jaela Williams will participate in the 100m hurdles. Davis, who sits second in the 400m hurdles in the MW (1:01.21) after her performance last week at the Aztec Invite, will round out the hurdles entrants for UNLV.
A small contingent of Rebels will travel to Cox Stadium on the campus of San Francisco State for the SF Distance Carnival. Two Rebels, Spencer Moore and Caitlin Amburgey, will participate in the 1500m while Nikki Regalado will compete in the 10K run.
UNLV entered the week with four of its own atop the Mountain West's 2017 Performance List with Najia Hudspeth in the 100m and 200m, Clemens in the heptathlon, and the 4x100m and 4x400m relay teams. The program also has four in second: Smith-Barnett (200m), Regalado (5000m), Pegram (100m hurdles) and Kaysee Pilgrim (high jump). Nationally speaking, the 4x100m relay team ranks fifth in the country, Pilgrim is tied eighth in the country, Clemens ranks 10th in the heptathlon, Pegram is 15th in the country while Chitwood is 16th.