Lobos Look for Improvement at Pair of West Coast Meets

April 26, 2012

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - With only one weekend of regular-season meets left to go, the University of New Mexico track and field team is vying for postseason position as they travel to the Brutus Hamilton Open and Invitational and the Payton Jordan Invitational this weekend.

Because postseason competition is quickly approaching, the Lobos are trying to make their way into the top 48 of the national rankings and earn a bid to the NCAA First-Round Qualifying Meet and potentially to the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championship.

To accomplish those goals, New Mexico is heading to the Californian cities of Berkeley and Stanford as they take on a pair of highly competitive regional meets and try to improve their season marks.

The Brutus Hamilton Open and Invitational, held at the University of California, Berkeley's Edwards Stadium, is this Friday and Saturday, and will feature the bulk of the Lobos squad as they attempt to gain a foothold in the national rankings.

Out at the Payton Jordan Invitational, New Mexico will send some of its standout distance runners to Stanford's Cobb Track and Angell Field on Sunday as they try to up their times and ranks.

So far in the 2012 outdoors the Lobos have posted solid results at almost every meet they have competed at, and have managed some record performances at the rest.

Last weekend, the Lobos took on three meets in California--the Mt. SAC Relays, the Beach Invitational and the Azusa Pacific Bryan Clay Invitational--and came away with a handful of personal best and prospective regional qualifying marks.

However, the best performance for New Mexico came to open April. Competing at the Don Kirby Tailwind Invitational, the Stanford Invitational and the Sun Angel Classic, the Lobos produced two of the best marks in the NCAA (Kendall Spencer's nation-leading long jump and Sarah Waldron's second-place 10,000-meter run) en route to smashing records and posting a number of extant season bests.

Currently, the Lobo women check in with at seventh in the Women's Mountain Region Rankings that was released by the U.S. Track and Field/Cross Country Coaches Association on Tuesday. Similarly, the Lobo men are ranked ninth in the men's version of the same rankings. In the national rankings, the men are ranked 45th and the women are 61st.

Live results for both meets can be found at RecordTiming.com by clicking on each meet's link. Also, check back Saturday night for a recap and results of the Brutus Hamilton and on Monday for a recap and results of the Payton Jordan.