Brutus Hamilton Open & Challenge and Penn Relays
What: Brutus Hamilton Open/Challenge & Penn Relays
When: Brutus Hamilton - April 25-26; Penn Relays - April 24-26
Where: Brutus Hamilton - Edwards Stadium; Penn Relays - Franklin Field
After a three-meet trip last week, the Lobos are taking it easy this week with just two meets.
But that doesn’t mean the competitiveness is any lower.
With just a few weekends left in the regular season, the University of New Mexico track and field team is vying for postseason position as it competes at the Brutus Hamilton Challenge and Open and at the Penn Relays this weekend.
Because the postseason is quickly approaching, the Lobos are trying to place athletes in the top 48 of the NCAA’s regionals rankings to earn a bid to the NCAA West Preliminary Championship in late May and potentially advance to the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships in June.
To accomplish those goals, New Mexico is heading to Berkeley, Calif., and Philadelphia as its athletes take on a pair of highly competitive meets with the goal of improving on their season marks and gaining experience.
“We’re just going to go race, try to get some better marks,” New Mexico head coach Joe Franklin said. “The goal is to get 30-plus kids to the regionals, and I think we’re going that direction.”
At the Penn Relays, hosted by by the University of Pennsylvania at Franklin Field in Philadelphia, the Lobos will take three relays teams to compete in one of the top relay festivals of the year.
For the men, New Mexico is looking to the 4x1-mile relay team of Ross Matheson, Jake Shelley, Elmar Engholm and Peter Callahan for a strong time. The foursome, which includes a pair of sub-four-minute milers and some top-notch metric milers, will race on live television Saturday at 11:25 a.m. MT on NBCSN.
The women will take two relay teams, with runners in both the 4x1,500 meter relay and the distance medley relay.
In Friday’s 4x1,500, Charlotte Arter will hand off to Chloe Anderson, with Calli Thackery and Sammy Silva in the last two legs. The women’s DMR team, which competes Thursday, will feature Thackery, Hannah Riker-Urrutia, Anderson and Suzi Boast.
The Lobos are also taking athletes to Edwards Stadium in Berkeley for the Brutus Hamilton Open.
A fixture on New Mexico’s spring schedule, this meet gives athletes another chance to grab strong results with the postseason on the horizon.
“This is one those meets where we’ll have a good opportunity to run fast and get some things done,” Franklin said. “... We’re trying to get people to regions and prepare for the championships.”
People to watch include the Lobos’ jumpers — with Kendall Spencer, Reneilwe Aphane, Warrick Campbell and Yannick Roggatz for the men and Aasha Marler and Jannell Hadnot for the women — and UNM’s sprinters — featuring Ridge Jones, Chris Kline, Kayla Fisher-Taylor, Brittany Myricks, Peri Moran and Zoe Howell.
Elsewhere on the track, the men will look to Gabe Aragon, JP Cordovam Alex Cornwell and Donovan Torres for solid times, as will the women with Nicola Hood, Tamara Armoush, Nicole Roberts and Amber Zimmerman.
Margo Tucker, Annie Stirling, Emily Heisler and Nathalie Busk will compete for the women in the pole vault, with Logan Pflibsen helming the men’s vaulters. UNM’s javelin throwers, Richard York, Marcus Simon and Nik Aston, and high jumper Markus Miller are also slated to compete.
The Lobos’ relay teams, including the Mountain West-leading men’s 4x400 and the women’s 4x100 and 4x400 teams, are also gearing up for a postseason run.
Currently, the Lobo women check in at third in the Women's Mountain Regional Index that was released by the U.S. Track and Field/Cross Country Coaches Association on Tuesday. The Lobo men are ranked fourth in the men's version of the same index. Nationally, the USTFCCCA tabbed the UNM men 45th.
Live results for the Brutus Hamilton meets can be found at RecordTiming.com, with Penn Relay results at PennRelaysOnline.com. Also, check back at GoLobos.com Saturday night for a recap and results of both meets.