Lobos Prepare for NCAA Championship with Solid Showing at Notre Dame

March 3, 2012

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The University of New Mexico track and field team wrapped competition at the Notre Dame Alex Wilson Invitational today with three medaling finishes and one more potential candidate for participation at the NCAA Championship next week.

Floyd Ross, a junior transfer out of Memphis, Tenn., leapt a personal best 51-11.75 in the triple jump to move up to thirteenth in the nation in that event.  By doing so, Ross has put himself in solid position to take part at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships next weekend in Nampa, Idaho, seeing as the best fourteen marks in each event (including all automatic qualifiers) most commonly earn a spot to compete.

Ross’ mark also won the event and strengthened his hold on the third best mark in New Mexico history behind Dwayne Rudd (54-3) and Chuck Steffes (52-1.5).

Also producing for the Lobos out in South Bend was the tandem of women’s distance runners Josephine Moultrie and Sarah Waldron, who both came in as runners-up in their respective events.

Moultrie, who has already broken three school records, kept up the pace as she smashed her own record in the mile. Her 4:38.87 time was not only over three seconds faster than her mark of  4:42.30 set three weeks ago at the Washington Husky Classic, but it was also good for second place.

Waldron, who finished fourth in the 5000-meter run at last week’s Mountain West Indoor Championships, clocked a second-place time of 15:59.93 in the 5000m, as she moved up to second all-time in Lobo history and 16th in the nation.

For the men runners, Sean Stam posted an eighth-place 14:08.40 time in the men’s 5000m and Gabe Aragon registered a 31st-place mark of 1:52.14 in the 800m.

Neither of the other Lobo competitors—the men’s distance medley relay team nor Kendall Spencer (who is fifth in the nation in the long jump)—registered a mark.