Lobo Track Tallies Fast Start at Season-Opening Lobo Invitational
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  01/18/2014
At the first meet of the year, the Lobos looked to be in midseason form.
The University of New Mexico’s track and field team posted a number of strong marks — including 37 top-10 results — Saturday as it opened the 2014 indoor campaign at the Lobo Collegiate Invitational.

Along with Ridge Jones’ performance in the men’s 60-meter dash and Yeshemabet Turner’s showing the women’s triple jump and 200, the Lobos saw a handful of athletes climb into the school record books.

“Great first meet,” UNM head coach Joe Franklin said. “It obviously showed that the kids trained over break. We had a long, five-week vacation and some kids just got back, and obviously performed well.”

“There were lots of great performances today.”

Jones, whose 6.68-second time in the 60 is a hundredth of a second off of a school record, was one of those great performances and led 13 men with top-10 finishes. He finished second overall in the event.

Django Lovett and Markus Miller also posted superb season-opening results in the high jump, as Lovett won with a clearance of 6-feet, 11 ¾ inches. Miller placed third at 6-6 ¾.

Pole vaulter Logan Pflibsen and long jump Yannick Roggatz added two more strong field-event marks, as Pflibsen took fourth (mark of 16-6 ¾) and Roggatz sixth (24-6 ½) in their respective events.

Roggatz’s long jump, a personal-best indoors, moved him to eighth all-time at UNM.

On the track, Roggatz posted the fifth-fastest time in the 60 hurdles at New Mexico with his fourth place performance of 8.40.

Charles Lewis (third place, time of 48.61) and Chris Kline (seventh, 49.40) also claimed a pair of top 10 results in the 400, while Ross Matheson (fourth, 1:52.71) paced three top 10 finishers in the 800, including Alex Cornwell (seventh, 1:53.69) and Jake Shelley (ninth, 1:53.78).  

Rounding out the men’s top-10 times were Kyle Fast Wolf in the mile (seventh, 4:32.30) and Mustafa Mudada in the 200 (ninth, 22.03).

For the women, Turner notched two record-book performances at the Albuquerque Convention Center, as she moved to third all-time in the long jump and 10th all-time in the 200.

In the long jump, Turner (third, 19-8) was one of four women to place top 10, joining Casey Dowling (fifth, 18-8), Jannell Hadnot (seventh, 18-5) and Aasha Marler (eighth, 18-4 ¼).

Turner (sixth, 25.05) was also among four top 10 finishers in the 200, with Kayla Fisher-Taylor (fifth, 25.04), Brittany Myricks (seventh, 25.08) and Marler (10th, 25.18) also claiming some of the 10 fastest times of the day.

The women’s 800 was also a source of strong times, as Charlotte Arter (second, 2:10.05) and Chloe Anderson (third, 2:10.05) recorded the second and third-fastest times, respectively, in school history.

Additionally, Suzi Boast (2:15.30) placed seventh and Tamara Armoush (2:17.78) placed eighth in the 800.

Elsewhere on the track, Peri Moran battled to eighth all-time in the 60 with her fifth place time of 7.72, while Fisher-Taylor (7.76) finished sixth.

Zoe Howell (fourth, 57.61) and Hannah Riker-Urrutia (ninth, 59.37) were top-10 in the 400, while Mia Weaver (fifth, 1:41.77) did the same in the 600.

Sophia Torres (fifth, 5:20.16) and Ashlee Smalley (ninth, 5:31.75) rounded out the top-10 finishers from the track events.

In the rest of the field events, Samantha Bowe (5-5) tied for fourth in the high jump, while pole vaulters Margo Tucker (T-2nd, 12-9 ½), Annie Stirling (fourth, 12-3 ½) and Emily Heisler (T-5th, 11-9 ¾) placed in the top 10.

The Lobos return to action Friday, January 24, as they host the two-day Cherry & Silver Invitational at the Albuquerque Convention Center.