Six Lobos Head to Drake for NCAA Outdoor Championships

June 4, 2012

DES MOINES, Iowa - Heading into the outdoor season, one of the Lobos' goals was to compete in June.

And while the sixth month of the year may seem like just another month, June means one thing for a Division I track and field athlete: championship time.

Six University of New Mexico track and field athletes will battle for a championship at Drake University as they take on the final round of the 2012 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships, June 6-9.

Competing for New Mexico at Drake Stadium are six of the Lobos best athletes, including two school record holders and four athletes that rank top-ten all-time.

On the men's side, Beejay Lee (100-meter dash), Django Lovett (high jump), Floyd Ross (triple jump) and Richard York (decathlon) are aiming for team points.

For the women, distance duo Ruth Senior (3000 steeplechase) and Sarah Waldron (10000) are looking to compete with the nation's best.  

Lee, a freshman from West Covina, Calif., is just the fourth Lobo to ever qualify in the 100 outdoors. He ranks second all-time at UNM in the event, and is hot off of setting his personal record of 10.26 seconds at the first round qualifying meet two weeks ago.  He takes the 15th-seeded time into the championships.

Lovett, a Surrey, British Columbia, native, came within a quarter inch of matching his PR at the first round meet, but nonetheless registered a seed mark of 7 feet, 1.5 inches to rank 23rd. Competing at his second straight NCAA finals, the sophomore is the first Lobos high jumper to advance to the outdoor championships since Ivar Hella in 1992.

Ross, a transfer from Barton County Community College in Great Bend, Kan., earned his place at his first outdoor championship with a personal-record 52-7.25 in the triple jump. The Memphis, Tenn., product owns the fourth seed in the meet and is the first triple jumper to advance for the cherry and silver since Dewayne Rudd in 1984.  

York, out of St. Louis, Mo., secured his spot after notching a career best 7,513 points in the decathlon at the 2012 Mountain West Championships. The junior is competing at his second consecutive outdoor championship, and holds the 21st best seed mark in the field.

Senior, a senior from Norwich, England, is the only women to have ever qualified to the national championship in the 3000 steeplechase. She owns the seven best times in New Mexico history, and holds the 20th-ranked seed time of 10:21.58. This will be her third straight outdoor championship.

Waldron, a Puddleston, England, native, holds the school and conference record in the 10000. With the fourth-ranked seed mark of 33:54.56 in the field, Waldron--just the fifth women to ever compete in the 10K at the NCAAs--has a chance continue her hot streak at her first outdoor championship.

The Lobos will compete on Wednesday at noon (decathlon), 7:15 p.m. (men's 100m prelims) and 7:45 p.m. (women's 3000m steeplechase prelims). They will follow that up on Thursday with action at 11:30 a.m. (decathlon), 5:30 p.m. (men's high jump), and 8:45 p.m. (women's 10000m). The Lobos will finish up Friday on 4:30 p.m. (triple jump). All times are Mountain.

Check back each day after competition for a recap of Lobo action, including Saturday for a complete recap and results.