NCAA Indoor Championship Field Set, Five Lobos Primed to Compete
March 5, 2012
INDIANAPOLIS - Five University of New Mexico Lobos will make the trip to the 2012 NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Indoor Track and Field Championships after being selected by the NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Track and Field Committee Tuesday.
For the men, senior Ross Millington and juniors Kendall Spencer and Floyd Ross had their names called. On the women side, senior Sarah Waldron and junior Josephine Moultrie both managed to get into the field.
Millington, a Stockport, England, native, punched his ticket three weeks ago at the Washington Husky Classic with a NCAA Automatic Qualifying mark in the 3,000-meter run of 7:49.11. He goes into the ultimate meet of the indoor season with what is not only the fifth fastest time in the nation in the 3000m, but also a Mountain West and New Mexico record.
Spencer, a San Mateo, Calif., product, secured his berth with a 25-7.5 leap in the long jump recorded a week ago at the Mountain West Indoor Track and Field Championships. Like Millington, Spencer's mark is both fifth in the nation, a school record and a conference record.
Ross, a transfer from Barton County Community College in Great Bend, Kan., earned his place with a 51-11.75 mark in the triple jump tallied at the Alex Wilson Invitational this past week. The Memphis, Tenn., product owns the 13th best jump in the nation with that mark.
Waldron gained admission to the NCAA Championships with a 15:59.93 time in the 5000m she registered last week at the Alex Wilson Invite. On the outside looking in for the past few days with the 16th best mark in the land (as typically only the top 14 are selected), the Puddleston, England, product was able to make her way into the field.
Moultrie was also on the bubble over the weekend, as her school-record 4:38.37 time in the mile was 20th nationally. However, the junior out of Glasgow, Scotland, was also able succeed, making her the fifth Lobo to win a trip to Nampa.
The meet starts Friday at 10 a.m. with the running of the heptathlon 60m dash and continues Saturday at 10:30 a.m. with the heptathlon 60m hurdles. The Lobos will compete on Friday at 5:15 p.m. (men's long jump) and 8:25 p.m. (women's 5000m), and at 5:30 p.m. (men's triple jump), 6:25 p.m. (women's mile) and 7:55 p.m. (men's 3000m) Saturday.
Live results will be available on RecordTiming.com and the meet will be streamed live on ESPN3 on March 9 from 5:30-9:45 p.m. and March 10 from 6-9:15 p.m. A tape delay of the championship will also air Sunday, March 18 at 5:30 p.m. on ESPNU.