Hood, Lovett Post Strong Season Debuts at New Mexico Invite

Jan. 25, 2013

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Two weeks into the season, and most athletes have already made their first impressions.

But two athletes making their season debuts on Friday impressed the most.

Nicola Hood and Django Lovett posted winning finishes in their respective events in their first competition of the year as Hood won her section of the women's mile and Lovett won the men's high jump.

The pair highlighted a solid performance for the Lobos at the opening day of the New Mexico Invitational, as UNM registered 14 top-10 finishes despite competing a fraction of their entire squad.

With a majority of the events taking place on Saturday, New Mexico had just 26 athletes compete on Friday. Nonetheless, the Lobos still posted some strong marks.

One of the strong marks on Friday came from an athlete who hadn't ran indoors in nearly two calendar years.

Nicola Hood posted a strong winning time of 5:19.3 in the first section of the women's mile. Hood, whose last indoor meet was Feb. 24, 2011, had missed the past two years due to an Achilles tendon injury.

Still, the rust hardly showed as she posted a large margin of victory en route to her win.

Django Lovett also make a triumphant season premier in the men's high jump.

After missing the 2012 indoor and last week's home-opening Cherry & Silver Invitational, Lovett made a strong season debut as he cleared 6-feet, 10 1/4-inches to win.

Finishing closely behind Lovett was teammate Markus Miller, who finished third with a personal-record jump of 6-8 1/4. Miller's old career best was two inches less at 6-6 1/4.

The first day also yielded top-10 marks in the men's 200-meter dash, 400 hurdles, long jump and pole vault.

Kendall Spencer was responsible for two of those top-10 marks as he finished 10th in the men's 200 and third in the men's long jump.

Also in the long jump, Yannick Roggatz finished 10th.

The men's pole vault chipped in four more top-10 finishes, as Logan Pflibsen finished third, Robert Warensjo fifth, Tyler Jackson seventh and Chris Dodds tying for 10th.

On the women's side, only a handful of events were competed in their entirety.

Still, the Lobos netted strong finishes from Sam Bowe and Holly Van Grinsven in the long jump (finishing second and sixth, respectively) and Julie Brasher in the 800 (finishing seventh).

The main attraction of the meet is the men's and women's miles on Saturday at 12:10 p.m. MT and 12:20 p.m. MT, respectively, but 2012 Olympic gold medalist Brittney Reese is slated to compete in the women's 60 at 11:20 a.m.

The Lobos will also see distance standout Josephine Moultrie compete at the UW Invitational in Seattle, Wash., at 4:35 p.m. MT.

Check back tomorrow at GoLobos.com for a full recap and complete results of all New Mexico action.