Lobo Women Upend Air Force, Northern Colorado at Triangular

April 12, 2013

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — At a triangular meet, the Lobos won three times.

The University of New Mexico's track and field team claimed three victories at the Air Force Triangular, as the women's team topped host Air Force and Northern Colorado and the men's team beat Northern Colorado but fell to the Falcons.

The women claimed 23 top-three finishes at the meet Friday afternoon at the Cadet Outdoor Track and Field Complex, while the men nabbed 15 such marks.

For the Lobos—competing in their first triangular meet since the Cardinal & Gold Invitational against USC and Texas A&M on April 1, 2006—the results were encouraging as the season progresses toward the Mountain West Outdoor Championships in May.

The women were paced by stellar performances in the pole vault, where Amber Menke's victory led four women in the top five.

Menke won with a 12-foot, 10-inch clearance, and was followed by Annie Stirling (12-5 mark) in second, Margo Tucker (12-5) in third and Emily Heisler (11-11 ¾) in fifth.

In the long jump, Aasha Marler and Casey Dowling added more points to New Mexico's tally, as Marler leaped 17-10 ¼ to take second and Dowling 17-9 ¼ to earn third.

Yeshemabet Turner produced her own second-place distance in the triple jump, leaping 39-8 ½. Dowling placed third in the triple jump as well, leaping 38-3 ½.

Samantha Bowe rounded out the third-place finishes in the field, as she cleared 5-5 in the high jump to take second.

The women's runners also contributed considerably with four wins.

Shirley Pitts' time of 56.46 won the 400-meter run, Charlotte Arter's 2:12.26 clocking won the 800 and Haley Sanner's 1:03.22 time won the 400 hurdles.

The 4x100 meter relay team also won with a 47.12 time.

Also in the sprints, Kayla Fisher-Taylor took second in the 100 (12.11 time) and 200 (24.78), while Turner claimed third in the 100 (12.15) and Pitts finished third in the 200 (25.00).

The mid-distance and distance also produced, as Imogen Ainsworth placed second in the 1500 (4:51.33) and 3000 (10:41.99).

Chloe Anderson also competed in the 800, taking third with a time of 2:15.71. Kirsten Follett in the 1500 and Ashlee Smalley in the 3000 ran well, too, with times of 4:51.46 and 11:15.88, respectively.

Precious Selmon in the 100 hurdles added one more top-three time, as she finished in 14.40.

Ty Kirk claimed another Lobo title at the Air Force Triangular.

On the men's side, the Lobos chipped in three victories on the track and added solid points en route to beating the Bears of Northern Colorado.

Patrick Zacharias led off the men with a title in the men's 1500-meter run, clocking a 4:02.89 time to win the event. Graham Thomas was right behind, finishing in 4:03.57 to take second.

Another distance runner added another victory, as Logan Rosenberg's 8:58.84 time won the 3000. Pierre Malherbe claimed third with a 9:09.91 time.

The final men's title on the track came from Kendall Spencer, who zoomed to a wind-aided time of 10.49 in the 100.

Mid-distance aces Alex Herring and Elmar Engholm posted additional strong times in the 800, as Herring's 1:52.76 time took second and Engholm's 1:53.34 time earned third.

In the 110 hurdles, De'Vron Walker snapped up a second-place time, crossing the finish line in 15.45.

The men's relay team also produced for the Lobos, as both the 4x100 squad (time of 41.27) and the 4x400 squad (3:19.05) finished in second place.

Out in the field, the Lobos claimed solid marks in their usual events, including a title from Ty Kirk.

Kirk leaped to a victory in the triple jump, reaching 49 feet, ¾ inch to take first. He also claimed the third-place distance in the long jump, soaring 21-5 ¾.

Yannick Roggatz also competed in the long jump, taking second with a 22-2 mark. Roggatz tallied a fourth-place tie in the high jump as well, as he and teammate Markus Miller cleared 6-2 ¾.

Also in the high jump, Django Lovett claimed runner-up honors with a 6-11 mark.

The final medaling mark from Friday was in the javelin throw, where Marcus Simon tossed the spear a personal-record 180-8.

The Lobos are back at it next week, competing not in a triangular meet, but in a trio of meets. New Mexico travels to the Mt. SAC Relays, the Beach Invitational and the Bryan Clay Invitational next Thursday through Saturday.