Lobos Combine for Strong Performance at New Mexico Invitational

Jan. 26, 2013

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The freshmen opened the season with a strong showing, and the seniors led the way last weekend.

This week, both combined to post the Lobos' strongest performance of the young 2013 season.

The University of New Mexico's men's and women's track and field teams posted a season-best 34 top-10 finishes at the New Mexico Invitational, including 14 medals. The Lobos received strong results from the entire team, with a number of top-three finishes from the track events and field events.

A handful of those medaling finishes came from the mile races at the Albuquerque Convention Center, as New Mexico claimed a number of strong times in those events.

Out of the men's mile run, Adam Bitchell paced six Lobo runners as he clocked a third-place time of 4 minutes, 5.17 seconds. Along with Luke Caldwell and his 4:08.89 time, New Mexico saw all six distance runners post sub-4:30 times, including Patrick Zacharias (12th), Logan Rosenberg (13th), Sean Stam (14th), and Vicent Montoya (16th).

The women's mile also produced strong results from both Friday and Saturday. On Saturday, Imogen Ainsworth and Kirsten Follett finished 1-2, clocking times of 4:55.08 and 4:59.32, respectively. From Friday, Nicola Hood nabbed ninth overall after winning her heat with a 5:19.30 time.

New Mexico also got strong finishes in the hurdles on both sides.

De'Vron Walker took third in the men's 60-meter hurdles with a season-best 8.10 time, while Charles Lewis won the 400 hurdles with a 53.12 time.

For the women hurdles, three Lobos notched top-10 marks as Holly Van Grinsven placed second with a career-best 8.60 time (now third all-time in New Mexico history), Precious Selmon placed fifth with an 8.86 time and Samantha Bowe came in 10th with a 9.02 time.

Additional strong finishes on the track came from the men's sprints and the women's mid-distance and relays.

Kendall Spencer placed third in the men's long jump and 10th in the men's 200-meter dash.

Lewis and Derek Montoya placed seventh and eighth in the men's 400, respectively, while Kendall Spencer finished 10th in the 200.

For the women, Mia Weaver earned sixth in the 800 and Julie Brasher picked up eighth in the 600. The 4x400 relay team of Zoe Howell, Jasmin McCray, Shirley Pitts and Tawsha Brazley combined for a third-place time of 3:48.63, which ranks top-five all-time in Lobo history.

Out in the field events, New Mexico tallied top-10 marks in every event in which it competed, including medals in six events.

From Friday, the Lobos recorded top mark in the men's high jump, long jump and pole vault and in the women's long jump.

In the high jump, Django Lovett won and Markus Miller placed third while in the long jump Kendall Spencer finished third and Yannick Roggatz finished 10th. Out in the men's pole vault, Logan Pflibsen finished third, Robert Warensjo fifth, Tyler Jackson seventh and Chris Dodds tied for 10th.

From Friday's women's field events, Bowe claimed runner-up honors in the women's long jump with Van Grinsven taking sixth.

On Saturday, the Lobos picked up more strong finishes as Floyd Ross opened in the triple jump with a win, leaping 51 feet, 5 inches.

The women's triple jump chipped in three more solid results, as did the women's pole vault. Yeshemabet Turner led the women with a third-place leap in the triple jump of 39-2 1/4, while Casey Dowling finished sixth with a 37-5 3/4 mark and Aasha Marler seventh with a 36-11 3/4 leap.

From the pole vault, Amber Menke again posted the highest UNM clearance, vaulting 12-7 1/2 to place fourth. Margo Tucker and Nathalie Busk mark identical heights of 12-1 1/2 to place fifth and seventh, respectively, while Emily Heisler claimed eighth with an 11-7 3/4 clearance.

The Lobos still have one more athlete to compete Saturday, as distance standout Josephine Moultrie will make her season debut at the UW Invitational hosted by the University of Washington in Seattle. Moultie will run a 5:35 p.m. MT in the women's 3000-meter invitational run.

New Mexico returns to action as a whole next weekend when it hosts the third of four-straight home meets, the New Mexico Classic, back in the Albuquerque Convention Center.