Lobos Track & Field Heads to Three Meets in California

April 17, 2013

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Last week, the Lobos competed against three teams at a triangular meet.

This week, they’ll compete at three meets in a single state.

The University of New Mexico’s track and field team is travelling to California for the 54th Annual Mt. SAC Relays, the Bryan Clay Invitational and the Beach Invitational this weekend as it aims for superb marks prior to the postseason.

The meets, which take place from Thursday through Saturday, will have the Lobos splitting up as they search for strong marks heading into a postseason that is only three weeks away.

But with the Mountain West Outdoor Track & Field Championships on the near horizon, New Mexico still has a bevy of talented athletes in position to shine during May and June.

The Lobos come into this weekend with 15 marks that are ranked in the top three in the Mountain West, and carry 18 marks that rank top-48 in the NCAA’s West Region.

As the top 48 individual marks in each of the NCAA’s two regions qualify to the NCAA First-Round Qualifying Meet at the end of May, New Mexico’s coaching staff knows the significance of achieving strong times, distances and heights now.

Subsequently, the Lobos are heading to the Golden State.

For the Mt. SAC Relays, which runs Thursday through Saturday, New Mexico will take some premier athletes to Hilmer Lodge Stadium on the campus of Mt. San Antonio College for a showdown with some of the nation's best talents.

As the meet prides itself on being "Where The World's Best Athletes Compete", the Lobos will try to live up to that and produce some of their best marks of the season.

Distance standouts slated to run in Walnut, Calif., include Charlotte Arter, Chloe Anderson, Shawna Winnegar, Kirsten Follett and, for the first time outdoors, Josephine Moultrie. Men’s jumpers Kendall Spencer and Floyd Ross are also scheduled to compete.

A small party is also heading to Friday’s Bryan Clay Invitational on the campus of Azusa Pacific University.

Three men—Luke Caldwell, Elmar Engholm and Alex Herring—are heading to Cougar Athletic Stadium in Azusa, Calif., to take a stab in the men’s 1500-meter run.

Caldwell, an indoor All-American in his first year with the Lobos, will be making his outdoor debut.

The rest of the team will make the trip to Long Beach, Calif., for the Beach Invitational on Saturday.

Lobos competing of note include New Mexico’s vaunted pole vaulters Amber Menke and Margo Tucker; javelin thrower Lexi Ross; high jumper Django Lovett; and triple jumper Ty Kirk.

At the Beach Invitational, New Mexico is looking to continue improving, and will have ample opportunity versus some staunch competition, including Texas, Texas Tech, Kansas State, Missouri, Colorado and host Long Beach State, among others.

Currently, the Lobo women check in at fifth in the Women's Mountain Regional Index that was released by the U.S. Track and Field/Cross Country Coaches Association on Tuesday. The Lobo men are ranked 11th in the men's version of the same index.

Check GoLobos.com on Saturday for a full recap of the Lobos’ action in California.