Lobos Qualify Six for Drake at NCAA Preliminary Round

May 26, 2012

AUSTIN, Texas — After the final day of the 2012 NCAA West Preliminary, the University of New Mexico track and field team qualified one more athlete to the national championship in Des Moines, Iowa. Saturday's qualifier Django Lovett will join Sarah Waldron, Beejay Lee, Floyd Ross, Ruth Senior and Richard York at Drake University for next month's finals of the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

Lovett, a sophomore from Surrey, British Columbia, scaled 7 feet, 1.5 inches in the high jump to advance to his second consecutive finals. Lovett, whose collegiate best is only a quarter inch higher (7-1.75), faultlessly advanced through the first three bar progressions en route to finishing in an 11th-place tie.  

Friday's action saw three more Lobos punch their tickets to Drake.

Beejay Lee, a West Covina, Calif., product, climbed up to second all-time at New Mexico in the 100 after a sensational quarterfinals run. His 10.26 time in Friday's quarterfinals—which came on the heels of Thursday's 10.38 first-round time—was enough to propel the freshman onward to Drake.

Floyd Ross leapt 52-7.25 in the triple jump to place third and lock up his place in Des Moines. The junior out of Memphis, Tenn., tallied his personal-record mark on his first attempt in the event, giving the 2012 indoor All-American an opportunity to repeat at the outdoor championships.

Ruth Senior, a senior from Norwich, England, qualified to the finals with a 10:21.58 time in the women's 3000 steeplechase. Senior, the owner of UNM's top seven steeplechase times, advances to her third straight outdoor championship.

On Thursday, Sarah Waldron clocked a fourth-place time of 33:54.56 in the 10000-meter run to move on. After breaking the New Mexico record in the 10000 in April, Waldron stayed hot and qualified to her first national championship.

Prior to the preliminary round, junior Richard York secured his place in the championships with a score of 7513 in the rigorous decathlon. York, who tallied the mark at the Mountain West Championships earlier in the month, ranked 23rd in the nation in the event and bypassed the first round due to the draining physicality of the decathlon.

Meanwhile, New Mexico registered four more results at Michael A. Myers Stadium on Saturday. In the 5000, Nicholas Kipruto (14:15.16) and Sean Stam (14:48.16) placed 13th and 30th, respectively, while Logan Pflibsen finished 30th in the pole vault with a clearance of 16-8.75. Sam Evans also competed in the quarterfinals of the 1500, but did not finish.

Also competing for the men in Austin over the three-day meet was Ty Kirk in the triple jump (14th, 50-11), Lee in the 200 (46th, 22.70), De'Vron Walker in the 110 hurdles (42nd, 14.45), Chaz Lewis in the 400 hurdles (34th, 52.82), York  in the javelin throw (28th, 198-1) and Kendall Spencer in the long jump (38th, 23-7.5).

On the women's side, four more Lobos registered marks, including Imogen Ainsworth in the 1500 (37th, 4:37.45), Josephine Moultrie in the 800 (38th, 2:10.80) Lacey Oeding in the 10000 (30th, 36:18.53), and Precious Selmon in the 100 hurdles (43rd, 13.89).

The six Lobos qualifiers will travel to Des Moines for the final rounds of the championships on June 6-9.