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Pilgrim Ties For Seventh In High Jump

June 23, 2017

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SACRAMENTO, California (UNLVRebels.com) - UNLV track & field alumna Kaysee Pilgrim finished in a seventh-place tie in the high jump Friday at the 2017 USATF Outdoor Championships, which are being held at Sacramento State's Hornet Stadium. Pilgrim cleared the first height of 5-10.75 (1.80m) on her first try, but was unable to clear the next progression of 6-0.75 (1.85m).

The winner of the high jump was Vashti Cunningham, the daughter of UNLV alum and football great Randall Cunningham. Cunningham claimed the U.S. title with a measurement of 6-6.25 (1.99m). By virtue of her finish, she and second- and third-place finishers Liz Patterson (6-3.25/1.91m) and Inika McPherson (6-3.25/1.91m) will represent the Red, White & Blue in London at the IAAF World Championships in August.

The Scarlet & Gray, which has already been represented by rising senior Destiny Smith-Barnett and alumna Lekeisha Lawson (2006-09) in Thursday's 100m, has one more alumna -- Amanda Bingson -- left to compete Sunday in the hammer throw (11:15 am).

Bingson (2009-12) won three MW titles in the hammer 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 Team USA each summer in international competitions. In 2012, she took second to earn a spot 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. She was fourth at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials.

 

 

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