Rebels Head To Albuquerque

Feb. 2, 2012

LAS VEGAS ( - Fresh off its season-opening weekend of action, the UNLV track & field team heads to the two-day New Mexico Classic hosted inside the Albuquerque Convention Center this Friday and Saturday. The Rebels started the indoor season on a good note with a program record being rewritten and many personal bests set in meets held in Flagstaff, Ariz., and Seattle.

"It's always a great opportunity for the team to get to compete in the facility that the Mountain West Indoor Track & Field Championships will be held beforehand," said head coach Yvonne Scott-Wade. The team has the chance to get familiar with the facility and how the meet will be ran. I think we will come out of there with some good performances and more confidence going into the Championships at the end of the month."

Amanda Bingson, who nabbed a share of the Mountain West's Athlete of the Week award on this past Tuesday, and Danielle Rios look to perform well in the Duke City after each set personal bests in the weight throw. Bingson's toss measured 66-6.50 (20.28m), which was good enough for first place at the Mountain T's Invitational in Flagstaff. More impressively, Bingson's mark set a new standard in the event at UNLV. Rios finished third overall with a throw of 60-11.50 (18.58).

Also, competing in the field events are Deja Edwards and Ashley Henry. Edwards finished first and third, respectively, in the long jump (18.725 / 5.67m) and triple jump (37-11.50 / 11.57m). Henry, on the other hand, won the high jump with a leap of 5-8.75 (1.75m).

On the track, Emily Blok will race in the 60m and enter the 200m for the first time this season. Last week, Blok finished third in both the 60m (7.56) and 4x400m relay (3:52.25).

Kelsey Williamson, Brett Zorich and Alison Bartosch are set to run in the 800m. Williamson and Zorich both recorded personal-best times in the event last weekend at the UW Invitational.

Both the distance medley and 4x400m relay teams are looking to post some good times after their respective showings last week.

Friday's action kicks off at 4:00 pm, but the Rebels will not compete until the women's weight throw at 4:00 pm. Besides the weight throw, the long jump, high jump, 200m, 5000m and distance medley relay will be contested tomorrow evening.