UNLV Ready For MWC Championships
May 13, 2010
LAS VEGAS - The UNLV women's track and field team begins its postseason by heading to the 2010 Mountain West Conference Outdoor Championships, which are being held at the University of New Mexico Track and Field Complex. The meet actually got underway on Wednesday with the multi-event athletes competing, and the main portion of the event will get underway on Friday.
Rebel head coach Yvonne Scott will send a contingent of 22 student-athletes to the meet, and she expects to improve upon last year's eighth-place finish from the 2009 meet. In fact, if UNLV can get solid performances through the two main days of the meet, Scott believes a finish in the top half of the conference is not out of the question if everything breaks right for her squad.
"The team has really made a turnaround from the indoor season and we are going into the league meet excited and ready to compete," Scott said. "Our goal is always to improve from the season before, but it will be an added bonus if we can finish in the top half of this conference."
Based on the performance lists heading into the conference championships, on the track is where the Rebels are expected rack up most of their points.
UNLV senior Chauncey David-Jacobs is in position to have a strong final league meet, as she enters with the second-fastest time in the 200 meters (24.00) and the third-best time in the 400 meters (54.23). In the 100 meters Shahnel Woodley has turned in the fourth-best time (11.95) in the league, while also running the third-fastest time in the 200 meters (24.22) as well. Also in the sprinting lanes, freshman Emily Blok has turned in the sixth-best time in the 100 (12.03) and the ninth-best time in the 200 (24.61) while fellow rookie Kelsey Williamson has posted the sixth-best time in the 400 meters (55.32).
Candise Maxwell will be in the hunt for the 100-meter hurdle title, as the senior comes into the league meet with the second-fastest time in the event with a 13.83, and Christine Lowe should score points in the 400-meter hurdles as she has the seventh-fastest time (1:02.60).
Distance runners Bailey Kuestermeyer and Sarah Muniz are both capable of earning their team points. Kuestermeyer could earn points in a pair of events, as she has the sixth-best time in the 10,000 meters (35:29.57) and the eighth-best time in the 5,000 meters (16:44.61). Muniz, who holds the school record in the steeplechase, enters the league meet with the fourth-best time (10:43.42) in the league this year.
In the field events, there are a trio of Rebels who could earn an appearance on the podium, lead by sophomore thrower Amanda Bingson in the hammer throw. The school-record holder and only UNLV thrower to break the 190-foot barrier in the event, Bingson has the second-best mark in the hammer (193-1.00) this year. Rebel sophomore Deja Edwards has the fifth-best distance (19-6.25) in the long jump while junior Davina Collins is eighth (19-1.50) in the event entering the league meet.
Also, both relays will be in the mix for top-three finishes, as the 4x400 squad made up of Blok, David-Jacobs, Lindsay Roach and Williams have turned in the top time with a 3:42.26. The 4x100 relay team comprised of David-Jacobs, Woodley, Maxwell and Blok has the third-fastest time in the league, running a 45.51.
The decathlon and heptathlon wrapped up on Thursday and the first full day of the championships is Friday, with the first event of the day the men's hammer throw at 9:00 a.m. (PT), and the first running event is the final of the women's steeplechase at 12:00 p.m.
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