Rebels To Compete At USATF Outdoor Championships|
June 21, 2017
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV track & field program will be well represented at the 2017 USATF Outdoor Championships this week in the Golden State's capital city. Rising senior Destiny Smith-Barnett as well as Rebel alumnae Amanda Bingson, Lekeisha Lawson and Kaysee Pilgrim will compete at the four-day national meet that begins Thursday and runs through Sunday at Sacramento State's Hornet Stadium. The quartet is not only competing for national titles, but also the opportunity to represent the United States in London at the 2017 IAAF World Championships in August.
Smith-Barnett and Pilgrim just completed the 2017 collegiate season in Eugene, Oregon, at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. The former took 15th overall in the 100m and was tabbed a U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Second Team All-American, while the latter claimed third place in the high jump and First Team All-American honors.
Smith-Barnett qualified for the 100m (21st/11.21), which gets underway Thursday at 6:10 pm and continues through Friday (second round and final), with a time of 11.21 at the Bryan Clay Invitational (April 14). She clocked the second-fastest time by an NCAA student-athlete this season when she ran 10.94-w at the Mountain West Outdoor Championships. The time broke the conference's all-time and meet records.
Lawson (2006-09) is also entered in the 100m (23rd/11.24) after she qualified with a time of 11.24. Her best showing at the USATF Outdoor Championships came three years ago when she was third overall in the 100m (11.30). At last year's U.S. Olympic Trials, she was17th in the 100m and 22nd in the 200m. While at UNLV, she earned All-MW Outdoor Team honors three times as an individual (100m: twice and 200m: once) and three times as a member of the 4x100m relay.
Pilgrim earned a trip to Sacramento after she posted a measurement of 6-1.25 (1.86m) en route to winning the high jump at the MW Outdoor Championships. Not only is that height a program- and personal-best, but it also tops the conference's all-time and meet marks. She must wait until 5:40 pm Friday for the high jump.
Bingson (2009-12), who competes Sunday at 11:15 am, won three MW titles in the hammer throw from 2010-12, and then began a successful four-year run at the USATF Outdoor Championships/U.S. Olympic Trials. During this stretch, the Las Vegas native and Silverado High School graduate finished between first and third and subsequently represented the Red, White & Blue each summer in international competitions. In 2012, she took second to earn a spot on Team USA at the London Olympics. She claimed back-to-back national titles in 2013 and 2014 at the Championships held in Des Moines, Iowa, and Sacramento, respectively. The 2013 win was a result of a throw of 248-5 (74.92m) that still stands as an American and meet record. One year later, she connected on two straight throws that broke the Hornet Stadium record, the second of which measured 246-3 (75.07m). In 2015, she was third overall and represented the U.S. for the third straight year at the IAAF World Championships. Unfortunately, she was fourth at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials.