With two Mountain West outdoor track and field records having already fallen by the wayside during the first two days of competition at the NCAA West Regional Men's and Women's Championship Prelims in Austin, Texas, UNLV senior Amanda Bingson set an NCAA meet record in the women's hammer throw on Saturday with an effort of 223'-1.00." Her throw is also a new Mountain West all-time record.
Bingson, who entered the meet with the top mark in the NCAA this season (228'-10.00"), erased her career best mark of 229'-0.00" on her third throw of the competition. She outdistanced second-place finisher Jeneva McCall of Southern Illinois (226'-10") by more than six feet.
Just the second women's student-athlete to earn three MW hammer titles in her career (Colorado State's Loree Smith won three from 2002-05), Bingson, a 2011 NCAA All-American, advanced to the NCAA Championships for the third straight year. She has now broken the UNLV hammer throw record eight times.
The NCAA Championships are set for June 6-9 at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. Bingson finished fourth at the meet last year.
The top 12 finishers from each event at the NCAA West Region Prelims advanced to the NCAA Championships.
In other news from the final day of competition:
San Diego State sophomore Shanieka Thomas came within ¼-inch of tying the MW record in the triple jump, finishing second in Saturday's competition with a career-best effort of 44'-8.00." Thomas, who posted the second-best mark in program history, will be joined at the NCAA Championships by teammate Alex Evans, a junior who finished 11th in the event with a career-best effort of 41'-8.50." Thomas and Evans will be making their first appearance in the NCAA Championships.
Air Force junior pole vaulter Cale Simmons, who set an Academy and MW Championship meet record earlier this month with an effort of 18'-1-.75," advanced to his first NCAA Championships after finishing tied for seventh (17'-6.50") on Saturday.
The TCU men's 4x100 meter relay team of junior Skye Dawson, junior Charles Silmon, senior OJ Stoneham and freshman Ramone Bailey will head to the NCAA Championships after finishing eighth in a time of 39.59 (fifth-best in MW history). Silmon qualified for the NCAA Championships on Friday after setting a MW record in the 100-meter dash (10.04). Texas A&M had the top qualifying time in the event at 39.11.
The TCU women's 4x100 meter relay team of sophomore Veronica Jones, junior Chaniqua Corinealdi, senior Whitney Gipson and freshman Lorraine Ugen qualified for the NCAA Championships with an 11th-place finish of 44.92. Ugen had already qualified in the long jump and 100-meter dash. Corinealdi, meanwhile, who had previously qualified in the 100-meter dash, also qualified Saturday in the 200-meter dash, placing 11th (23.50). Gipson qualified in the long jump on Thursday. Texas A&M had the top time in the women's 4x100 meter relay (43.34).
Boise State freshman Emma Bates broke the school record in the women's 5,000-meter run to qualify for the NCAA Championships. Bates posted a time 16:16.74 to better the BSU record by more than four seconds. She finished 11th overall.
Colorado State sophomore Trevor Brown, who finished 22nd at the meet a year ago, placed 11th in the men's 110-meter hurdles (13.77) on Saturday to advance to his first NCAA Championships.
New Mexico sophomore Django Lovett's effort of 7'-1.50" in the men's high jump enabled him to tie for 11th and gain a spot in the NCAA Championships.
The TCU women's 4X400 relay team of sophomore Briyanni Thomas, junior Quinterra Charles, freshman Ashley Collins and freshman Nefertari Hall advanced to the NCAA Championships by grabbing the 12th and final qualifying spot in the event with a time of 3:37.12. Oregon (3:29.43) was first in the competition.