NCAA West Regionals Up Ahead For Rebels
May 27, 2003
LAS VEGAS - Four Rebels will compete in this weekend's 2003 NCAA Track & Field West Regionals on May 30-31 at Stanford's Cobb Track and Angell Field in Palo Alto, Calif.
Sophomore sprinter Halima DeCree (Bakersfield, Calif.) currently ranks third among all declared competitors in the women's west region with a qualifying time of 11.52 seconds in the 100 meters. Fellow sophomore Miesha McClendon (Pasadena, Calif.), a 100m hurdles specialist, also qualified for regionals with a time of 14.08.
Seniors Casey Lektorich (Spokane, Wash.) and Tianika Sharrieff (Euless, Texas) round out UNLV's postseason representatives at the regional meet. Lektorich currently ranks 11th best in the west region with her school record throw of 153-02.00 (46.68m). Sharrieff, a qualifier in the high jump event, cleared a season best 5-07.00 (1.70m) twice during the outdoor season.
"We are coming together well at the end of the season," UNLV coach Barbara Ferrell-Edmonson said. "You always shoot for the NCAA Championships and this will be the first NCAA competition for all four who have qualified.
"They (student-athletes) are working harder everyday and looking to make personal bests at the meet. The west region is one of the hardest regions to come out of, but we are ready to step up to the challenge."
The four two-day regional qualifying meets held at selected sites around the country will shift the emphasis away from the individual qualifying standards that determined the makeup of previous NCAA championship fields. With the new format, the vast majority of NCAA participants will earn their way through head-to-head competition.
The top five finishers in each event at the four regional meets will advance to the 2003 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships on June 11-14 in Sacramento, Calif.
Six "wild card" qualifiers will be added to the NCAA field in each event in addition to those who finished among the top five at regionals. Wild card selections will be determined from the 2003 collegiate list.