Spencer Earns Conference Honor after Stellar Weekend
April 9, 2013
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — University of New Mexico redshirt junior Kendall Spencer has been named Mountain West Men's Outdoor Track & Field Athlete of the Week for meets contested from April 2-8. This is the second such recognition of his career.
Spencer, from San Mateo, Calif., won the long jump, finished fourth in the 100-meter dash and was a part of the Lobos' winning 4x100 meter relay at the Don Kirby Tailwind Invitational on April 6.
He claimed victory in the long jump with a leap of 25 feet, ½ inch. His mark, which leads the Mountain West by 3 ½ inches, also ranks ninth in the NCAA. Spencer also checks in at fifth in the NCAA's West Region, likely qualifying him to the NCAA First-Round Qualifying Meet in May.
Spencer also competed in the 100-meter dash, clocking a personal-record time of 10.58 seconds (altitude adjusted, 10.55 raw) to finish first in his heat and fourth overall. That time is the second-fastest in the conference and ranks 86th in the NCAA and 39th in the NCAA's West Region.
Spencer also helped the Lobos' 4x100 relay team post the fourth-best time in the MW this season at 41.28 (altitude adjusted, 41.16 raw).
After the 2012 Don Kirby Tailwind, Spencer earned his first MW Athlete of the Week honor after setting a new Mountain West all-time record in the men’s long jump with a mark of 26-8 ¼.
This is the second outdoor athlete of the week honor for New Mexico in 2013, as Charlotte Arter earned the recognition last week. The program record for MW Outdoor Athlete of the Week is four, set three times (2007, 2010 and 2012).
Boise State redshirt sophomore Marisa VanderMalle was selected on the women's side.