Rebels Claim 10 Top-Three Finishes In Flagstaff
Jan. 19, 2013
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV track & field team claimed 10 top-three finishes, including wins in the 200m, 400m and 60m hurdles, at the NAU Invitational in Flagstaff, Ariz. Emily Blok and Kelsey Williamson led the Rebel contingent on the track with two top-two finishes apiece, while Adrianna Oliva led the squad in the field with a second-place showing in the shot put at NAU's Walkup Skydome.
"Overall, we are pleased with this meet," said head coach Yvonne Wade. "We had some ups and downs, but it is a good start and now we know what we have to do next."
Blok claimed the top spot in the 200m (24.20) and was also second in the 60m (7.43). Her time in the 60m was only one one-hundreth behind her personal-best effort, which ranks third overall on UNLV's indoor performance list. Uchechi Anunkor competed in the same two events as Blok as well as the long jump. Anunkor placed third in the 60m (7.63 PB), sixth in the 200m (25.35) and eighth in the long jump (16-8.00/5.08m).
Kelsey Williamson won the 400m in a personal-best time of 55.60 before helping the 4x400m relay cross the finish line first (3:52.00). Williamson partnered with Secoral Yanez, Monay Meggs and Laura Affeld for the relay win. Individually, Affeld was fourth in the 800m (2:20.59), Yanez was fifth in the 400m (58.78) and Meggs was seventh in the 200m (25.45).
Besides Affeld, the Rebels had three others finish in the top eight in the 800m. Corey Honeycutt placeds second overall (2:18.88 PB), while Miranda Menzies was sixth (2:25.64) and Courtney Allen took eighth (2:28.98).
Erin Morris rounded out the trio of winners with her first-place showing in the 60m hurdles (8.58). Taylar Mills and Jordan Hardy finished fourth (9.30) and seventh (9.61 PB), respectively, in the event as well. Mills was also sixth in the high jump (4-10.25/1.48m).
In the field events, Oliva shined with a measurement of 45-11.25 (14.00m) in the shot put, which supplants her previous-best distance. Cortney Miller and Myshauna Alexander competed in the other throwing event - the weight throw - and finished fourth (50-4.75/15.36m) and sixth (48-8.00/14.83m), respectively.
In the jumping events, Ayana Gales took second in the long jump with a distance of 19-8.25 (6.00m), while Myra Dean was fourth in the high jump (5-2.25/1.58 PB). Krystal Wharton was fourth in the long jump (17-0.75/5.20 PB) and Juliet Summers was eighth in the high jump (4-8.25/1.43m).
The Rebels return to action next weekend - Jan. 25-26 - in Seattle at the UW Invitational hosted by the University of Washington at Dempsey Indoor.