Lobos Open Strong at First Day of Cherry & Silver Invite
Jan. 18, 2013
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Just two weeks into the season, and career marks are already falling.
The University of New Mexico's men's and women's track and field teams posted a handful of new personal bests at the first day of the Cherry & Silver Invitational, while also tallying 11 top-10 finishes.
Gabe Aragon and JP Cordova were two Lobos setting new personal records, as the pair blazed in their heat of the men's mile to take first and second in the section. Aragon clocked a raw time of 4:14.71, cutting nearly six second off of his PR, while Cordova's 4:15.13 time was about five second better than his previous best.
Alex Herring also notched third in the second section of the men's mile, running a 4:18.12 time.
The Lobos registered additional strong marks on the track despite a majority of Friday's events — and in effect the official results — being split between both days of the meet.
Nonetheless, freshmen sprints duo Carlos Wiggens and Ridge Jones continued their superlative debut season after running solid times in the 200 on Friday. Wiggens ran against decorated Olympic gold medalist Jeremy Wariner to finish second overall with a 21.97 time, while Jones set a personal record with a 22.12 time to finish ninth. (Wariner won the event with a 20.99 time.)
Senior Shirley Pitts also made a medaling season debut at the Albuquerque Convention Center, claiming runner-up honors in the 600 with a 1:35.32 time. Mia Weaver finished eighth with a 1:41.18 clocking.
The last completed track event saw Charles Lewis run in the 400 hurdles (traditionally an outdoor event), and finish third with a 54.37 time.
The field events also yielded some solid marks, including a pair of top-five finishes in the men's pole vault.
Robert Warensjo and Logan Pflibsen both cleared identical heights of 16-feet, 2 3/4-inches to place third and fourth, respectively, after opening the season last weekend at the Lumberjack Team Challenge with top-five finishes.
The men's long jump was also a strong event on Friday, as Kendall Spencer posted a 23-10 1/4 leap to place third. Senior Floyd Ross (23 1/2) and newcomer Yannick Roggatz (23 feet) also placed in the top-10, with Ross finishing ninth and Roggatz 10th.
Sam Bowe also tallied a personal record in the women's high jump, leaping 5-6 to place eighth. Bowe's previous career best was a 5-2 1/2 mark.
Check back tomorrow at GoLobos.com for a full recap and complete results, including the conclusion of events started today.