Lobo Multi-Event Athletes to Take First Crack at Nebraska

Jan. 30, 2013

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LINCOLN, Neb. — More events mean more fun.

At least, that's what the Lobos hope.

The University of New Mexico's track and field team is sending a trio of Lobos out to Nebraska to make their multi-event debuts at the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational this weekend, Feb. 1-2, in Lincoln, Neb.

Competing at Devaney Center Indoor Track will be women pentathletes Samantha Bowe and Holly Van Grinsven and men's heptathlete Richard York. Bowe and Van Grinsven are off to strong starts indoors, but this weekend marks the 2013 premiere for York, who had been competing unattached.

For Bowe and Van Grinsven, this meet will be the first time this season they combine their efforts into a pentathlon. Bowe is no stranger to the pentathlon, winning third in the event at the 2012 Mountain West Indoor Championships, but Van Grinsven will get her first taste of the event at a collegiate level.

Both sport strong marks coming into the meet, where they will compete in the 60-meter dash, high jump, shot put, long jump and 60 hurdles.

Holly Van Grinsven will compete in her first collegiate pentathlon.

Bowe has cleared 5 feet, 6 inches in the high jump and has a shot put mark just short of 40 feet (39-9 3/4), which are improvements over her career marks set at the MW Championships last year. She also sports a solid 60-meter hurdle time of 9.03 (adjusted for altitude) that edges her old best of 9.07.

Her career best of 3482 points in the pentathlon checks in at third all-time in Lobo history.

Van Grinsven, on the other hand, is an adept hurdler who ranks third all-time in the 60 hurdles in UNM history. She projects to rely on her speed in the pentathlon, with a 60 hurdles time clocked at 8.62 (adjusted) earlier in the year. She also owns a personal best of 2:23.68 in the 800 that she registered in high school.

Van Grinsven is also a strong long jumper, passing 18 feet two weeks ago with an career-best 18 1/4 mark. Her personal mark in the pentathlon is 3241 points.

On the men's side, York should have no trouble registering solid results in his season debut in the heptathlon. He will look to battle through the 60-meter dash, long jump, shot put, high jump, 60 hurdles, pole vault and 1000.

A three-time All-MW performance in the heptathlon and decathlon, York is a potential top-25 threat and will look to translate his experience into an NCAA bid this weekend. His personal record, 5537 points, is the New Mexico record.

York makes his living in the track events, as he brings in several strong bests in those events. His 60 dash time is 7.10, while his 60 hurdle time is 8.32 and his 1000 time is 2:43.12. He also carries a 23-4 3/4 mark in the long jump.

The multi-event activities kick off on Friday at 10:30 a.m. MT with the pentathlon 60-meter hurdles and at 11 a.m. with the heptathlon 60-meter dash. The pentathlon will conclude Friday, while the heptathlon will wrap up on Saturday.