Williamson, 4x400 Relay Finish First At MW Indoors
Feb. 25, 2012
ALBUQUERQUE (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV track & field team moved up two spots Saturday to finish fourth overall with 88 points at the 2012 Mountain West Indoor Track & Field Championships in Albuquerque. UNLV's jump in the standings was greatly influenced by Kelsey Williamson's first-place finish in the 800m and the 4x400m relay team's win in that event. In all, the Rebels had five individuals and one relay place in the top three on Saturday.
TCU won the women's team title with a total of 141 points. New Mexico was second with 116. San Diego State, who was the leader after Friday's action, dropped to third and had 97 points. Boise State (69), Colorado State (66), Air Force (58) and Wyoming (27) rounded out the fifth through eighth finishers.
"I am very proud of this team," said head coach Yvonne Scott-Wade. "They competed well. We had a few unfortunate last-minute injuries that did not allow us to maximize on our team points, but we know that we still have those athletes for the outdoor season, so we should definitely be able to build on this momentum. Our goal was to go out there, compete hard and let everyone know that UNLV Track & Field can compete with the best of them and we did that. Now, it's time to get back to the lab and prepare for the next phase."
The 4x400m relay team was comprised of Secoral Yanez, Brett Zorich, Emily Blok and Kelsey Williamson. The quartet's time of 3:39.05, which was a season best, topped the TCU's foursome's effort of 3:39.41.
All four members of the relay figured heavily in UNLV's outcome Saturday. Besides Williamson's win in the 800m, she was joined by Zorich and Laura Affeld, who finished third (2:10.65) and seventh (2:13.07), respectively, in the event.
Blok took home second in both the 60m and 200m races. Her times of 7.42 in the 60m and 23.81 in the 200m were both season bests.
Yanez placed third in the 200m (24.57) and eighth in the 400m (56.83).
Erin Morris was fourth overall in the 60m hurdles, and owned a time of 8.64.
Olivia Hudson leaped a personal-best distance of 38-11.5 (11.87m) to claim sixth in the triple jump.
The Rebels return to action next weekend in the outdoor climates of Las Vegas with their own UNLV Track Classic, which will be held at Myron Partridge Stadium / Sheila Tarr-Smith Field. The meet begins on Friday, March 2 and runs until Saturday, March 3.