Lobo Men First, Women Second at Day Two of MW Championships

Feb. 24, 2012

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The University of New Mexico track and field squad wrapped up day two of the Mountain West Indoor Track and Field Championships with the men in first place and the women in second place, having registered 45 team points for the men and 42 points for the women.

The Lobos started the meet Thursday with the men’s heptathlon and women’s pentathlon, with all three UNM competitors finshed in the top five and picked up significant team points.

In the men’s heptathlon, juniors Richard York and Sam Potter placed runner-up and fourth, respectively, earning the Lobos 13 team points. York ended with 5408 points, including a field-high 820 points in his win in the 1,000-meter run. Potter finished with 5121—a season high—with 834 of his points coming from his title in the pole vault.

For the women, freshman Samantha Bowe notched a bronze finish with 3482 points, good enough for 6 team points.

The highlight of the meet Friday was out in the field events, where Amber Menke and Kendall Spencer had record-breaking performances. Menke set the women’s pole vault school record for the second straight week and Spencer broke the decade-old school record in the long jump.

With a 13’-5.75” vault, Menke broke her previous mark of 13’-4.25”, set only two weeks prior at the Don Kirby Elite Invitational Feb. 10.

Spencer edged out the 29-year old UNM record set in 1983 by Dwayne Rudd, leaping 25’-7.5”, a quarter inch farther than the old record.

Also highlighting day two were the strong performances by the distance runners, as New Mexico placed six athletes in the top-ten in the 5000m and qualified four women to the finals in the mile.

Sarah Waldron, Natalie Gray and Lacey Oeding all finished top-ten in the 5K for the women, as did Sean Stam, Nicholas Kipruto and Pierre Malherbe for the men.

In the women’s mile, Imogen Ainsworth, Emma Reed, Kirsty Milner and Josephine Moultrie all ran and qualified for the final, with Moultrie going first, Ainsworth second, Milner fifth and Reed tenth.

Moultrie also qualified in the 800m, where she came back from last in her heat to win the prelims and secure a place in the finals.

Also qualifying during this prelim-laden day were 10 additional Lobos. For the women, Shirley Pitts and Tawsha Brazley qualified in the women’s 400m, as did Precious Selmon in the 60m hurdles.

For the men, Beejay Lee qualified in both the 60m and the 200m. Kendall Spencer and Lamaar Thomas also made it to the finals in the 60m, along with JP Cordova, Gabe Aragon and James Senior in the 800m and De’Vron Walker in the 60m hurdles.

Check back tomorrow for a full UNM recap of the MW Indoor Championships, including complete meet results and photos. Also, be sure to stay up-to-date with results for this meet by visiting the Mountain West’s official website at TheMWC.com