Rebels Travel To Logan For Conference Meet|
May 9, 2017
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV track & field team return to action this week at the 2017 Mountain West Championships, which will run Wednesday through Saturday at Utah State's Ralph Maughan Track Stadium in Logan, Utah.
Stella Clemens will get things started for the Scarlet & Gray Wednesday afternoon in the heptathlon with participation in the 100m hurdles, high jump, shot put and 200m. Clemens will conclude the seven-discipline event Thursday with the long jump, javelin and 800m.
Not only will Clemens compete in the heptathlon - seeded third (5052 points), but she will also participate in the long jump and javelin throw, which will take place Friday and Saturday, respectively.
Nikki Regalado will be the second Rebel to compete at the Championships, as she will run in the 10K Thursday evening (6:00 p.m. PT).
"We have been working very hard as a team and a staff to pull out some great performances this season," said head coach Yvonne Wade. "Now it comes down to being able to do it when it counts. The team is physically and mentally up for the challenge to compete well this weekend, so I am excited to see what they will do."
Friday's action gets underway at 9:00 a.m. PT with the hammer throw, while the track portion begins at 2:30 p.m. PT with the men's 1500m. The women's 1500m will start 15 minutes later. Field events will conclude at 4:00 p.m. PT with the men's discus throw while the women's steeplechase closes out Friday's slate at 6:00 p.m. PT.
The fourth and final day of the meet starts with the women's shot put at 1:30 p.m. PT. The 4x400m relay closes the women's portion of the meet at 6:25 p.m. PT.
The Rebels finished fifth overall at last year's meet, which as hosted by Fresno State at Buchanan High School's Veterans Memorial Stadium in Clovis, California. Ayana Gales is looking for another stellar performance in the long jump after last year's second-place finish with a distance of 20-10.75 (6.37m) earning her All-MW honors, while Destiny Smith-Barnett (11.38-w) and Drea Austin (11.56-w: Las Vegas/Foothill HS) claimed All-MW honors for their second and fourth-place finishes in the 100m, respectively.
Gales enters this week's meet with the best long jump amongst MW competitors. She jumped 21-0.5 (6.41m) at the adidas/Steve Scott Invitational on April 28, good enough for third all-time on the outdoor program list. Kaysee Pilgrim also enters this week's meet with the top spot in the high jump amongst MW competitors. She jumped a program-best 6-1.25 (1.86m) at the same meet on April 29.
Some notable Rebels that placed their name on the all-time program list that will compete this week are Taylor Pegram, who is now first all-time in the 100m hurdles with a time of 13.34 at the adidas/Steve Scott Invitational and sits third in the recent MW standings. Regalado, who is now third all-time in the 5000m with a time of 16:54.66 at the Mt. SAC Relays, will compete in the event while Mandy Chitwood (Las Vegas/Canyon Springs HS) will run in the 800m (2:07.55, fifth all-time).
The Rebel 4x400m relay squad of Chitwood, Austin, Hannah Davis and Najia Hudspeth ranks first after running 3:38.89 at the Stanford Invitational, while the 4x100m relay quartet of Smith-Barnett, Kaysha Love, Najia Hudspeth and Austin sits second after running 44.08 at the UNLV Invitational.
Nylia Hudspeth, Micayla Coquia, Davis and Madison Aldred (Las Vegas/Arbor View HS) look to fill four lanes in the finals of the 400m slated for Friday at 3:40 p.m. PT. Hudspeth will also compete in the 200m, while Davis will also run in the 400m hurdles.
In addition to Gales, Pilgrim, Pegram and two relay quartets, UNLV has 11 more that are ranked in the top 10 in the most recent MW standings. Smith-Barnett is second in the 100m (11.20) and fourth in the 200m (23.50), while Najia Hudspeth is fifth in the 100m (11.49), third in the 200m (23.24) and fourth in the 400m (54.25). Austin and Love joins the duo in the 100m placing sixth (11.53) and 10th (11.79), respectively, as well as Austin being fifth in the 200m (23.66). Nylia Hudspeth joins her twin sister in the 400m placing ninth (54.99). In the 800m, Chitwood is third (2:07.55) while Jaela Williams and Amari Norris (Las Vegas/Silverado HS) sits seventh (13.58) and eighth (13.82) in the long jump, respectively. The final trio to place in the top-10 are Davis in the 400m hurdles (fourth, 1:01.01), Danielle Williams in the triple jump (fifth: 397.25/12.07m) and Clemens in the javelin throw (10th: 128-11/39.29m).