Joe Franklin's cross country and track & field teams showed some talent as they racked up the honors and the championships in the 2012-13 season.
Floyd Ross and Alesha Walker competed in the U.S., while Jarrin Solomon (Trinidad and Tobago) and Django Lovett (Canada) competed abroad.
Former Lobos Floyd Ross and Alesha Walker will compete in the USA Outdoor Championships, while current Lobo Django Lovett takes aim in Canada.
For the fourth straight year, UNM has finished in the USTFCCCA Program of the Year standings, which recognize the best DI cross country and track & field program
Floyd Ross goes four-for-four in scoring at NCAAs, while Luke Caldwell captures school's first-ever
UNM hosts the New Mexico Invitational, their second of four home meets, Jan. 25-26 at the Albuquerque Convention Center.
The Lobos open their 2013 track & field campaign hosting the Cherry & Silver Invite in the Albuquerque Convention Center.
The UNM track and field team takes on the MW at the conference championships in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 9-12.
The Lobos played host to some of the premier institutions across the nation at the Don Kirby Invite, Feb. 10, 2012.
The Lobos start to 2012 year by travelling to the NAU Open and hosting the Cherry & Silver and the New Mexico Invite.
2013 Indoor: Competed at five meets, continuing as the Mountain West's best triple jumper ... Kicked off his season at the Cherry & Silver Invitational, placing 29th in the 60-meter dash (7.29*) and eighth in the long jump (23 1/2 [7.02m]) ... Posted his first triple jump mark at the New Mexico Invitational, winning the event with a leap of 51-5 (15.67m) ... Claimed fourth at the Don Kirby Elite Invitational with a mark of 51-1 1/2 (15.58m) ... Won the triple jump at the Mountain West Championships with a mark of 51-11 (15.82m) while also earning All-MW honors in the long jump after placing third with a leap of 23-8 (7.21m) ... Took third in the triple jump at the Alex Wilson Invitational, securing an NCAA berth with his leap of 52-4 3/4 (15.97m) ... Tallied a 52-foot mark in the triple jump at the NCAA Championships, placing eighth and earning a team point for the Lobos.
2013 Outdoor: Saw action at four meets, posting nationally relevant marks during the postseason ... His first triple jump competition was at the Mountain West Championships, where he claimed his second title of 2013 with a mark of 51-2 3/4 (15.61m) ... Qualified to the NCAA West Preliminary championships where he locked up an NCAA finals bid with a leap of 52-8 (16.05m) ... Scored another medalling finish at the NCAA--after earning silver in 2012--as he jumped 52-11 (16.13m) to place third.
2012 Indoor: Competed at seven meets, emerging as the Lobos' best triple jumper ... Opened the season with a long jump, placing 12th at the Cherry & Silver Invitational with a 22-7 leap ... Posted his first shot a the triple jump at the New Mexico Invitational, placing second with a 51 3/4 mark ... Also placed third in the long jump at the New Mexico Invite with a 22-8 1/2 mark ... Claimed third in the triple jump at the Don Kirby Elite Invitational with a 51-5 mark ... Won the triple jump at the Mountain West Championships, leaping a then-career best 51-7 1/4 ... Backed up that victory with another title at the Alex Wilson Invitational, posting a season-best of 51-11 3/4 ... Qualified to the NCAA Indoor Championships, finishing eighth with a 51-10 1/2 mark to earn the Lobos one team point.
2012 Outdoor: Continued to perform at an elite level throughout the season at seven meets ... Posted his first triple jump at the Mt. SAC Relays, placing third with a 51-3 3/4 mark ... Also registered two regular-season long jump performances at the Don Kirby Tailwind and Beach Invitationals, placing 21st and 30th, respectively ... Claimed a victory in the triple jump at the Brutus Hamilton Invitational, leaping a then-personal record 52-5 1/4 ... Nabbed runner-up honors at the MW Championships, finishing with a 51-7 3/4 leap ... Qualfied to the First Round of the NCAA Championships, leaping a third-place 52-7 1/4 to advance to the NCAA Championships ... At the national championships, stormed to the finals of the triple jump on his last preliminary-round leap and claimed national runner-up honors on his last jump in finals, a two-foot PR of 54-6.
Attended Barton County Community in Great Bend, Kansas ... Coached by Coach Kane and was on a team that achieved Indoor National Championship honors ... Jumped 49-11 freshman year and 51-5 his sophomore year in triple jump ... In 2010, recieved fifth place at the NJCAA Division 1 Outdoor National Championships ... Three time Regional Junior college champion and a four time national Junior College qualifier.
Born in Memphis, Tennesse ... Parents are Floyd and Louise Ross and has six siblings ... Majoring in Nursing and enjoys playing basketball in free time ... Favorite athlete is Derek Rose of the Chicago Bulls ... Graduated from high school in 2008 from Leavenworth High.
TRACK & FIELD HONORS
First-Team Indoor All-American: 2012, 2013
* indicates a performance that has been adjusted based on the NCAA altitude conversion protocol