Lobos Make a Splash at the Beach Invitational

April 22, 2012

NORWALK, Calif. - The University of New Mexico track and field team wrapped up competition out in California after posting a solid performance at the Beach Invitational in Norwalk, Calif., on Saturday.

The team, which sent some of it athletes to participate at the Mt. SAC Relays in neighboring Walnut, Calif. earlier in the weekend, had the bulk of its squad at the Beach Invite. However, after the conclusion of the Mt. SAC Relays for the Lobo competitors, the team regrouped and was able to put together a complete team performance.

As each event's results were sorted by flights and not overall finish, New Mexico was able to register 34 top-ten marks. Together with the Mt. SAC Relays (which for large-entry events also compiled results based on flights), the Lobos were able to notch a season-high 42 top-ten finishes.

One of the highlights for New Mexico during their weekend at the Beach, was the performance of freshman Beejay Lee, who broke into the top ten all-time with his 10.49-second time in the 100-meter dash. Having already become the ninth-best Lobo in the 200m days before at Mt. SAC, Lee made it two-for-two when won his section of the 100m.    

In one of the other sprint events, the 400m, Chaz Lewis clocked a 49.00 time for third in his section, Derek Montoya clocked a 49.40 time for second in his section, and Gizeh Ibañez clocked a 49.95 time for seventh in his section,  

The hurdles also contributed for the men on the track, as De'Vron Walker's 14.53 time in the 110m hurdlers earned seventh in his section and Sam Potter's 15.41 time secured fifth in his section.

In the mid-distances, James Senior (1:53.67), Logan Rosenberg (1:55.47) and Alex Herring (1:56.92) placed top ten in their respective flights of the 800m, while Pierre Malherbe (4:00.64) and Patrick Ortiz (3:56.34) finished top ten in their respective flights of the 1500m.

Out in the field for the men, Tyler Jackson and Chris Dodds both reached 15-feet, 3.75-inches in the pole vault to claim fourth in their flight.

Zach Smith led the long jumpers as his 23-2.5 mark snagged fourth in his flight. He was followed by Floyd Ross's 22-7.75 leap that placed second in his flight and Sam Potter's 20-10.5 mark that placed eighth in his flight.

Markus Miller competed in the high jump and secured sixth in his section with a 6-3.25 mark.

The javelin throwers also posted strong results, as Michael Ellis tallied a 194-3 mark and Paul Jaramillo recorded a 176-4 throw. Ellis won his section and Jaramillo placed sixth in his section.

For the women, one of many bright spots was the mid-distance runners. In the 800m, Mickey Brown (2:20.23), Samantha Sheppard (2:20.84) and Kirsten Follett (2:21.47) all placed top-ten in their respective flights

In the 1500m, Imogen Ainsworth crossed the finish line in 4:31.57 to snap up third in her section, and Sophia Torres finished in 4:40.90 to placed fourth in her section. Ruth Senior and Josephine Moultrie, who both ran at Mt. SAC earlier in the weekend, also ran in the 1500m at the Beach Invite; Senior placed 13th in her section with a 4:43.54 time and Moultrie placed 15th in her section with a 4:44.86 time.

Another highlight was in the 400m, as Shirley Pitts placed fourth in her section with a 54.96 time and Tawsha Brazley placed fifth in her section with a 55.96 time.

The last two Lobo runners were Emma Reed, who placed ninth in the 3000m steeplechase with an 11:04.02 time, and Kayla Fisher-Taylor, who placed sixth in her flight with a 12.31 time.

In the field events, Margo Tucker (who also competed at Mt. SAC) posted a 12-6.5 mark in the pole vault to earn fourth in her section. Joining her in the pole vault were Nathalie Busk's 11-10.5 mark and Julia Cook's 10-10.75 mark.

Aasha Marler and Yeshemabet Turner posted 18-8 and 18-6 marks in the long jump, respectively. Marler placed third and Turner sixth in their flights.

Marin Schweigert's 5-1.25 mark in the high jump placed her fifth in her flight, and Greer Crabtree's 122-2 mark in the javelin placed her 12th in her flight.

The Lobos will head back to the Golden State next week, April 27-28, to compete at the Brutus Hamilton Invitational, hosted by the University of California, Berkeley.