ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Once again, against top-notch competition, the Lobos rose to the occasion.
Or, more precisely, they flew to the occasion.
The University of New Mexico’s long jumpers, including Aasha Marler and Kendall Spencer, set a pair of season bests Friday at the Don Kirby Elite Invitational, highlighting a strong showing for the Lobos.
New Mexico received a collection of personal records and historically significant marks in its final regular-season meet of the indoor campaign at the Albuquerque Convention Center.
Marler headlined the effort in the women’s long jump, as her personal-record leap of 19 feet, 6 ¾ inches earned her second place and moved her to fifth all-time in New Mexico history.
On the men’s side, Kendall Spencer seized his best mark of 2014, leaping 25-1 ½ to take third in the invitational section of the men’s long jump.
His mark, tops in the Mountain West prior to this weekend, was the best collegiate mark in that section.
Logan Pflibsen rounded out the strong field-event results with his eighth-place clearance of 16 ¾.
On the track, the women’s two distance medley relay teams posted superlative times, as the two squads broke into the UNM record books.
The A team of Amber Zimmerman, Zoe Howell, Kirsten Follett and Nicole Roberts clocked a second-place time of 11:54.76 to climb to second in New Mexico history. The B squad of Suzi Boast, Haley Sanner, Tamara Armoush and Nicola Hood combined for a third-place time of 12:08.21 to move into seventh place all-time.
Elsewhere on the track, four New Mexico sprinters registered personal records in the unseeded 400-meter dash. Lucretia Vigil paced the pack with a seventh-place time of 57.41, while Ariel Burch (16th, 58.46), Faith Cobb (19th, 1:00.02) and Christina Clark (20th, 1:00.79) also registered PRs.
The Lobos return to the Albuquerque Convention Center Saturday for the second day of the Don Kirby Elite. The meet resumes at 10:30 a.m. MT with the women’s shot put and pole vault, while action on the track begins at 10:45 a.m. MT with the preliminary round of the men’s 60 hurdles.
Check back tomorrow at GoLobos.com for a full recap and complete results of Saturday’s New Mexico action, including the recap of the Lobos’ distance runners at the Husky Classic in Seattle.