Lobo Men Lead, Women in Second after Day Two of MW Championships

Feb. 22, 2013


NAMPA, Idaho — The Lobos have never won a Mountain West Indoor Track & Field title.

However, if they continue what they did Friday, that streak might end.

The University of New Mexico track and field teams put themselves in good position for victories at the Mountain West Indoor Track & Field Championships, as the men are in the lead and the women are in second after the second day of action. The men have scored 53 team points through Friday, while the women have posted 48.

The Lobos scored team points in every event that went final on Friday, which came out to be mostly field events. With almost all of the finals for the races taking place tomorrow, New Mexico picked up a majority of their points from the field.

For the men, the long jump was the only field event competed Friday. Nonetheless, the Lobos made the most of the opportunity, as Kendall Spencer repeated as the MW Champion in the event, leaping a season-best 24-9 ¾ to nab 10 team points.

Floyd Ross produced six additional points for New Mexico, jumping a career best of 23-8 to take third. Yannick Roggatz also scored for the Lobos, leaping 23-5 ¼ to tally five points.

Richard York also registered a victory for the Lobos, as he set a personal and UNM record in the heptathlon. He scored 5590 points in the seventh-event heptathlon, while also netting career bests in three events. He has won two of the last three MW heptathlon titles and now owns the top six heptathlon scores in New Mexico history.

On the women's side, the pole vault contributed a significant number of points for the Lobos, as Amber Menke's 13-2 ½ vault tied for second and earned seven points. Margo Tucker's sixth-place clearance of 12-6 ¾ chipped in three more points, while Annie Stirling's seventh-place mark of 12-2 ¾ added two more points.

Freshman Casey Dowling also netted solid points for the Lobos, as she unleashed a new personal record in the long jump of 19-5 ½ to place third and add six more points. She now ranks fourth all-time at UNM with that mark.

Samantha Bowe rounded out Friday’s field events for the women, as she placed sixth in the high jump with a 5-6 clearance to notch three points.

On the track, only two events — the 5,000 meter run and distance medley relay — went final on both sides at Jacksons Indoor Track at the Idaho Center.

Richard York won his second MW heptathlon title in the last three years.

In the 5000, the Lobos swept both titles behind a pair of long-distance aces. Luke Caldwell's 14:30.30 time triumphed on the men's side, while Kendra Schaaf's 16:48.35 time emerged victorious for the women.

Patrick Zacharias (fourth, 14:35.81) and Sean Stam (fifth, 14:36.72) rounded out the men's scorers in the 5K. Shawna Winnegar (sixth, 16:50.26) also scored for the women.

The other track event to go final Friday was the distance medley relays, where the women's team of Julie Brasher, Jasmin McCray, Mia Weaver and Janna Mitsos combined for a 11:56.65 time to take runner-up honors and the men's team of Logan Rosenberg, Chris Kline, Graham Thomas and Vincent Montoya placed fourth with a 10:17.91 time.

All of the other races Friday were preliminary rounds. The Lobos advanced nine men and four women to final rounds tomorrow.

In the 60, Spencer (first place) and Ridge Jones (third) both qualified to the finals, while in the 200, Carlos Wiggens (third) and Charles Lewis (seventh) advanced.

Lewis also moved on in the 400 with Derek Montoya. The pair placed fifth and third, respectively, as Montoya set a new personal record.

Sam Evans advanced in the 800 with his victory. Alex Herring (third), Gabe Aragon (fourth) and JP Cordova (eighth) will join Evans in the final.

For the women, Josephine Moultrie advanced in both the women's 800 and mile, finishing first in the 800 and second in the mile. She will have Imogen Ainsworth (third) and Kirsten Follett (seventh) alongside in the mile.

Precious Selmon was the final Lobo to punch a ticket to Saturday's finals, as she moved on in the 60 hurdles.  

The final day of the championships begin at 11 a.m. MT with the men's high jump and at 12:30 p.m. with the final of the women's mile. Check back at GoLobos.com for a complete recap.