Ross Makes Case for NCAA Bid at Alex Wilson Invitational

March 2, 2013

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Two Lobos, Josephine Moultrie and Luke Caldwell, had already locked up their NCAA berths.

On Saturday, Floyd Ross decided to make it three.

Ross made a bid next week's NCAA Championships with a strong showing the men's triple jump, while the rest of the University of New Mexico's track and field team registered a number of strong marks at the Alex Wilson Invitational this weekend.

Ross leaped an indoor best of 52 feet, 4 ¾ inches in the triple jump, unofficially moving up to 12th in the nation in that event. As the top 16 individuals qualify to the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships next weekend in Fayetteville, Ark., Ross put himself in position to earn a berth.

Ross' mark finished third overall at the Loftus Sports Center, and he climbed to second all-time in New Mexico history behind Dwayne Rudd (54-3).

Another Lobo vying for an NCAA-worthy mark was Kendall Spencer, the defending national champion in the indoor long jump.

Spencer was able to post a season-best distance of 25-1 ¼, which would have ranked right at 16th prior to this weekend. However, with other last-chance qualifiers taking place across the nation, Spencer's winning mark from the Alex Wilson dropped to 17th in the NCAA, a spot out of advancing.

Other Lobos competing in South Bend were a handful of distance studs and pole vault standouts.

Sean Stam and Alex Herring both notched solid individual performances, with Stam finishing 15th in the men's 5000-meter run and Herring placing 10th in the men's 800. Herring's time of 1:49.50 came out to be a new personal record that moved him to fourth in New Mexico history in the 800.

Herring also ran the 800-meter leg in the men's distance medley relay, which included Charles Lewis (400-meter leg), Sam Evans (1200) and Caldwell (1600). The group combined to run a 9:36.98 time, placing 20th overall.

Nonetheless, the foursome produced the fifth-fastest DMR time in Lobo history. Evans has run in four of New Mexico's five fastest DMR times.

The pole vaulters, Logan Pflibsen for the men and Amber Menke for the women, also tallied solid marks to close out their indoor season. Pflibsen cleared 16-11 ½ to place second, while Menke tied her season best with a second-place vault of 13-2 ¼.

Official competition fields for the NCAA Championships will be released Monday. Ross, Moultrie and Caldwell will compete on March 8-9 at Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville, Ark.