New Mexico to Take Ten Lobos to NCAA Finals
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  05/28/2011
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

EUGENE, Ore. - The New Mexico Lobos will take 10 Lobos to the NCAA 2011 Outdoor Track and Field Championships set for June 8-11 in Des Moines, Iowa. UNM advanced nine competitors out of the NCAA West Qualifying Round held last weekend in Eugene.

That solid nine will be joined at nationals by Richard York, who already qualified for the final meet in the decathlon event. Because the decathlon is such a grueling event, competitors do not have to compete in a qualifying meet.

All three Lobos competing in the men's 5,000-meter run qualified for NCAA Championships set to be hosted by Drake. Ross Millington led the pack with a sixth-place finish (13:36.39), immediately followed by Nicholas Kipruto in seventh (13:41.90)and Rory Fraser rounded out the group with the 13th-best time, but finished in the top five in his heat (13:48.74).

David Bishop finished third overall at 1,500 meters with a time of 3:44.69 to punch his ticket to NCAA's.

On Thursday, Alesha Walker picked up the first NCAA bid for New Mexico with a jump of 20-3 ½ (6.18 meters) to finish in eighth-place. In field events, the top twelve finishers advance to Championship finals.

In the women's 10,000, Ruth Senior ran the track in 33:33.23 to advance to national finals, finishing sixth. The time is more than nine seconds faster than her previous season-best in the event. On the men's side, Keith Gerrard crossed with finish line in 29:14.67, to also place sixth, and qualify for competition in Des Moines, Iowa.

The Lobos added two national qualifiers in field events as Deanna Young and Django Lovett qualified in the triple jump and high jump, respectively. Young, the triple jump school record holder, was the ninth of twelve athletes to advance to championships when she bounded to a distance of 42-2 ¾ (12.87 meters).

In the high jump, freshman Lovett fell just shy of his collegiate best, clearing a height of 6-11 (2.11 meters). The height was enough for a 10th-place finish and a spot at the national championships.

In the men's 100-meter dash, Lamaar Thomas finished third (10.56) in the second heat to qualify for quarterfinals. On Friday, Thomas ran the race in 10.84, the 23rd time in the events, to end his run in postseason competition.

Other Lobo performances:

Thursday -
Long Jump - 36. Kendall Spencer (23-1 ¾, 7.05 meters)
400-meter Hurdles - 37. Yusuf Muhammad (53.45), 43. Charles Lewis (55.00)
400-meter Dash - 43. Shirley Pitts (56.41)
800-meter Run - 39. Gabe Aragon (1:52.34), 42. Sam Evans (1. 53.90)
10,000-meter Run - 15. Sarah Waldron (34:00.72)

Friday -
100-meter hurdles - 48. Precious Selmon (14.57)
110-meter hurdles - 24. De'Vron Walker (14.25)
Pole Vault - 36. Amber Menke (12 ½, 3.70 meters)

Saturday -
Triple Jump - 17. Warrick Campbell (50-9 ½, 15.48 meters)
5,000-meter run - 14. Ruth Senior (16:15.94), 25. Natalie Gray (16:40.51), 27. Kirsty Milner (16:45.36), 39. Vanessa Ortiz (17:06.76)