Lobos Post Solid Showing in Preparation for Big Next Week

Feb. 4, 2012

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The University of New Mexico track and field team posted a solid team effort this weekend at the New Mexico Classic, registering 27 top-fifteen finishes and 10 top-five finishers with the one of the most important weekends of the season on the horizon.

Even though this performance was not at the same astronomical level as at the New Mexico Invitational’s 44 top-ten finishes and 8 titles, the Lobos still put together a strong showing versus a much more competitive field.

Headlining the men’s effort for the meet was the 800m runners, as three Lobos cracked the top ten. Gabe Aragon’s 1:50.96 raw time claimed first, and JP Cordova (1:53.41) and Sam Evans (1:53.47) went fifth and six.

Out of the other mid-distance races, Chad Clark picked up sixth in the 600m with a 1:25.04 raw time.

Continuing his hot start, freshman Beejay Lee recorded a 6.88 raw time in the 60m dash, good for sixth, his second straight top-ten finish in the 60m.

Thomas Trujillo also ran the 60m, tallying a 15th-place finish with a 7.06 raw time. He also ran in the 200m, placing ninth with a 21.97 raw time.

Also maintaining his great open to the season, De’Vron Walker claimed his fourth top-ten finish this year in the 60m hurdles, snagging fifth with a season-best 8.05 raw time.

The lone Lobo long-distance runner, Chris Montoya picked up seventh in the 3000m with a raw time of 8:48.77.

In the 4x400m relay, the UNM team of Chad Clark, Gabe Aragon, Gizeh Ibañez, and JP Cordova placed seventh with a raw time of 3:21.14.

In the pole vaults, the Lobos picked up a first-place win, two runners-up, and two more top-ten finishes. In the unseeded pole vault, Sam Potter’s season-high 15’9” mark won first, and Chris Dodds (15’3”) and Tyler Jackson (14’9”) notched second and fifth, respectively. In the seeded pole vault, Logan Pflibsen set a new personal record with at 17’-2.25” mark, good for second, and Robert Warensjo vaulted 16’-2.75” for eighth.

The other field event to yield a top-15 Lobo was the long jump, with Zach Smith’s 21’-11.75” mark earning 14th.

On the women’s side, the best performance belonged to the pole vault. Margo Tucker posted the best UNM performance, tying for first collegiately and sixth overall. Her 12’9” vault led New Mexico, and was followed by Amber Menke (12’-3.25”) in a tie for 12th. Julia Cook, Emily Heisler and Nathalie Busk all tied for 16th with identical 11’-3.5” marks.

In the 400m, five Lobos competed, with two finishing in the top fifteen. Shirley Pitts’ 55.43 raw time earned fifth and Tawsha Brazley’s 56.98 raw time was good for 13th.

Running for the first time this year, Lacey Oeding won her heat in the mile run with a 5:13.22 raw time, on the way to finishing ninth overall. In her first running of the 3000m, Sophia Torres’ 10:50.52 raw time was good for seventh.

The women’s 4x400 relay team consisting of Tawsha Brazley, Mickey Brown, Rachel Kelchner and Shirley Pitts combined to go for third with a 3:48.40 raw time.

In the women’s high jump, Marin Schweigert duplicated her 5’6” mark from last week en route to a tenth-place finish.  

Two women participated in the long jumps, with Yeshemabet Turner notching eighth in the seeded flight and Samantha Bowe snagging third in the unseeded flight.

The Lobos split up for next weekend, as the squad both hosts the Don Kirby Elite Invitational as well as travels to the Washington Husky Classic. The Don Kirby Elite has some of the premier institutions in the nation coming, including Cal, UCLA, Texas, Florida, Ohio State, Arizona State, Texas Tech and San Diego State.