Rebels Head To Irvine For Steve Scott Invite|
April 27, 2017
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV track & field team will head back to Southern California for the 23nd Annual adidas/Steve Scott Invitational in Irvine, Calif., this weekend. The two-day meet, which is hosted by UC Irvine at Anteater Stadium, will run from Friday through Saturday.
UNLV will participate in four events on day one and 13 more on day two. In all, the Rebels are entered in 10 track disciplines and seven in the field.
The Scarlet & Gray gets started Friday with Stella Clemens and Gabby Whetstone in the javelin throw at 2:00 pm. The long jump - Ayana Gales, Tenia Landrum and Jaela Williams - and the hammer throw - Taylor Forte, Vanessa Sierra and Whetstone - will follow at 4:00 and 4:30 pm, respectively. The 5000m will be run later in the evening by Nikki Regalado at 8:10 p.m.
Saturday kicks off at high noon, with the men's 4x100m relay while the women’s 4x100m relay will commence five minutes later at 12:05 p.m. The meet will conclude with the men's 4x400m relay (5:30 pm) and women's 4x400m relay (5:35 pm).
Overall, UNLV has at least one entrant in four field events and nine track events Saturday.
Heading into the meet, the Rebels are led by junior Najia Hudspeth, who is coming off a great week after she registered four first-place finishes in all of her events at the Fresno State Bulldog Invite, earning her Outstanding Rebel of the Week presented by Air Force Reserve. She currently sits third in the MW in the 200m, fifth in the 100m and eighth in the 400m. Also leading the team into this weekend's meet is long jumper Ayana Gales, who is first in the MW, seventh in the West Region and 19th in the nation in the event.
Six more individuals rank within the top four in Conference standings with Destiny Smith-Barnett, Taylor Pegram and Kaysee Pilgrim sitting second in the 100m (11.21), 100m hurdles (13.37) and high jump (5-10.75/1.80m), respectively. Najia Hudspeth (23.24) and Smith-Barnett (23.50) are third and fourth in the 200m, respectively, while Mandy Chitwood ranks third in the 800m (2:07.55) and Hannah Davis sits fourth in the 400m hurdles (1:01.01).
At last week's Bulldog Invitational in Clovis, UNLV had 24 top-eight finishes, which included seven total victories.