Rebels Travel To Chilly Laramie For Conference Meet
May 14, 2014
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV track & field team will participate in the 2014 Mountain West Outdoor Championships at the University of Wyoming's Louis S. Madrid Sports Complex in Laramie, Wyo., Wednesday, May 14 through Saturday, May 17.
Rain and possible snow showers - 30-40 percent precipitation - are in the four-day forecast for Laramie. Wednesday's temperatures will top out in the low 40s. Each day is predicted to get a bit warmer with Saturday getting up to the low 60s.
On the women's side, the meet kicks off with two days of competition in the women's heptathlon. San Diego State, the 17th ranked team in the country and 2013 MW champion, has the top-two entrants in the event with Allison Reaser and Nicole Oudenaarden. The former has won three consecutive heptathlon titles, while the latter sits atop this year's standings in the event with 5,721 points.
Kylee Vandenberg and Juliet Summers-Hernandez will represent UNLV in the heptathlon. Both Rebels had their best showings in the event at Sacramento State's Mondo Mid-Major Challenge in April with Vandenberg scoring 4,678 points to Summers-Hernandez's 4,353.
Wednesday's schedule will see the women participate in the 100m hurdles, high jump, shot put and 200m beginning at 12:00 pm MT (11:00 pm PT). One day later, they will conclude the event with the long jump, javelin and 800m starting at 12:30 pm MT (11:30 pm PT).
The final two days of the Championships will feature "trials and finals" and "qualifying" rounds on the track and in the field. The women's hammer kicks off Friday's action at 11:00 am MT (10:00 am PT) with its trials and finals. The track opens up at 1:00 pm MT (12:00 pm PT) with the 3000m Steeplechase. Cortney Miller is a Rebel to watch in the hammer, while Laura Affeld will compete in the Steeplechase.
In all, 13 events will be contested Friday with nine on the track and four in the field. Seven of those track events will carry over into Saturday's schedule of 14 events (10 track and four field).
Rebels to watch in Laramie that are ranked in the top eight in the conference's standings are Monay Meggs (100m, 200m and 400m), Ashley Franklin (100m), Alva Castillo (400m), Laura Anuakpado (400m), Auzsane Crowe-Carter (800m), Erin Morris (100m hurdles), Joniece Ervin (100m hurdles and 400m hurdles), Noela Estrada (400m hurdles), Madison Johonnot (high jump), Krystal Wharton (long jump), Amber Sanford (long jump) and Miller (hammer throw).
Meggs leads the Rebels and conference in the 400m (54.31). She ranks second in the league in the 100m (11.82) and third in the 200m (23.97).
Two others that rank highly in the MW are Crowe-Carter, who is second in the 800m (2:06.03), and Castillo, who is third in the 400m (55.07).
UNLV's 4x100m and 4x400m are the top-ranked relays heading into the conference meet. The 4x100m (45.42) foursome of Franklin, Meggs, Morris and Kenia Bonilla set the top time at the adidas/Steve Scott Invitational earlier this month. The 4x400m (3:39.43) quartet of Castillo, Meggs, Anuakpado and Crowe-Carter ran to the top of the list in April at the Mondo Mid-Major Challenge.