Evans Paces Lobos to Solid Performances at New Mexico Classic

Feb. 1, 2013

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The Lobos had a small number of athletes competing Friday, but the results were plenty big.

The University of New Mexico's men's and women's track and field teams wrapped up the first day of competition at the New Mexico Classic with a handful of top-10 marks and personal records.

Despite only 14 athletes registering marks on Friday, the Lobos had eights runners set new career bests on the track.

One of those new personal records came from New Mexico miler Sam Evans. A senior from England, Evans sizzled in his heat of the mile, claiming a second-place time of 4:08.86. With the altitude conversion taken into consideration, Evans' time comes to 4:03.44, a new personal record that would rank just outside of the top 25 in the NCAA prior to Friday's competition.

Nonetheless, Evans moved up to fifth all-time in the mile in New Mexico history, just edging teammate Luke Caldwell's mark of 4:03.47 recorded last week at the New Mexico Invitational.

Charles Lewis also set a career best on Friday, as his 21.87 raw time in the men's 400-meter dash placed sixth. While not a lifetime best, Carlos Wiggens zipped to a season-best 21.71 raw time, good enough to nab second overall.

Additional personal records came from the women's track events. Christina Clark and Mackenzie Kerr both notched double career marks in the 200 and 400, while Haley Sanner claimed a new PR in the 400, finishing under a minute with a 59.32 raw time.

Nancy Holguin added her own career best with a 5:28.77 raw time in the women's mile.

The men's 600 also produced solid marks for the Lobos, as the trio of Gabe Aragon, Alex Herring and JP Cordova placed 2-3-4.

The final event to have New Mexico athletes entered was the men's pole vault, where runner up Logan Pflibsen finished 16-2 ¾ for the third straight meet and Tyler Jackson claimed 10th with a 14-7 ¼ clearance.

However, the events really heat up tomorrow, as the rest of the Lobos will compete tomorrow, including Ridge Jones in the 60-meter dash at 11:45 a.m. MT.

Also in action tomorrow are a pair of Olympians. Olympic Silver Medalist and 2011 World Champion Jason Richardson will be running in the 60-meters hurdle preliminary round at 11 a.m. MT., while Carmelita Jeter, the Olympic Gold Medalist in the 4x100 relay and Silver Medalist in the 200, will be running in the 60-meter at 1:50 p.m.

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