Rebels Head To Olympic Trials

June 20, 2012

LAS VEGAS ( - The UNLV track & field program will be well represented with two former student-athletes (Amanda Bingson and Brett Zorich) and one of its assistant coaches (Khadevis Robinson) competing in Oregon at the 2012 United States Olympic Track & Field Trials.

Bingson will be the first to compete for the Scarlet & Gray, as the women's hammer throw will be contested on Thursday, June 21, beginning at 11:15 am. The hammer throw is the only event scheduled on the first day of the trials, and it is also the only one held at Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Ore.

Most recently, the Las Vegas native capped off her storied collegiate career at UNLV by being named an USTFCCCA All-American for the second time in as many years after a third-place finish at the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. She was a three-time Mountain West champion in the hammer throw dating back to her sophomore season in 2010. She broke the program's hammer throw on eight occasions with the final one occurring on May 26 in Austin at the NCAA West Preliminary when she uncorked a measurement of 233-1 (71.04m).

Zorich and Robinson will run at historic Hayward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon. They're first round races will take place consecutively on Friday evening (June 22) with the women's 800m scheduled for 5:00 pm followed by the men's at 5:20 pm.

Zorich, who came to UNLV from Alamo, Calif., finished 13th overall in the semifinals in the 800m at the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Her time of 2:04.54 was a personal-best and the second fastest on UNLV's outdoor performance list. She progressively got better in each race during NCAA competition. She began with a 2:07.64 in the first round prior to a 2:05.39 in the quarterfinals.

Robinson is no stranger to national and international competition after he won the 800m at the 1998 NCAA Outdoor Championship. He is attempting to make his second Olympic team after competing in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece for the Red, White and Blue. Overall, he has been an eight-time USA champion with four outdoor and four indoor titles in the 800m over his career. Last year, he finished second overall at the 2011 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, which qualified him for a spot at the IAAF World Outdoor Track & Field Championships later that summer in South Korea where he advanced to the semifinals.