Sprints, Jumps Pace Lobos to Superb Showing at Don Kirby Tailwind
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  05/02/2014

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — In their only home meet of the season, the Lobos got their fill of home cooking.

The University of New Mexico’s track and field team posted superb results across the board — including positive marks in the sprints, hurdles and jumps — as they hosted the Don Kirby Tailwind Open Friday.

The Lobos had one of their best statistical meets of the year in their lone home meet of the year, recording personal and season bests in a number of events at the Great Friends of University of New Mexico Track & Field Stadium.

“I think I was an absolutely fantastic competition across the board,” New Mexico head coach Joe Franklin said. “Great marks across the board. People ran well, they did great things."

With the Mountain West Outdoor Championships in less than two weeks, the Lobos came into the meet looking for continued improvement for a possible defense of their sweep of the indoor conference titles.

And based off the results, the Lobos look to be in better position.

“If we can just keep the momentum going and continue to have fun, hopefully we can score a lot of points and challenge for a win [at the MW Championships],” Franklin said.

Charles Lewis (right) and Chris Kline  

Leading the way for UNM were the Lobos’ sprinters and hurdlers, as they produced some new record-book worthy marks.

Haley Sanner clocked a new personal record of 54.93 seconds in the 400-meter dash, taking third in the race and moving to eighth in UNM history. She was followed by Lucretia Vigil (seventh place, time of 58.99) and Ariel Burch (eighth, 1:00.11).

Charles Lewis and Chris Kline added personal bests of their own in the men’s 400, with Lewis’ time of 47.37 winning and Kline’s mark of 47.93 taking second.

Holly Van Grinsven chipped in a PR of 14.09 in the 100 hurdles, good for third at the meet and sixth all-time at UNM.

The rest of the sprints contributed additional strong times with Brittany Myricks (third, 12.00) and Peri Moran (fourth, 12.01) in the 100 and Vigil (eighth, 25.27) and Zoe Howell (ninth, 25.37) in the 200. Ridge Jones won the 100 for the men in 10.57.

In the hurdles, Lewis took second (51.58) over 400 meters, with Mustafa Mudada in third (52.76) and Cheyne Dorsey in fifth (54.64). Yannick Roggatz was second in the 110 hurdles in 15.27.

Van Grinsven ran to third in the women’s 400 hurdles (1:05.20), with Christina Clark in fourth (1:08.04).

The women’s 4x100 meter relay also zoomed into the record books, with Myricks, Moran, Sanner and Aasha Marler combining for a winning time of 45.58 that is tied for the third-best in school history.

The team’s 4x400 relays also performed well, with the men’s team of Kline, Mudada, Lewis and Gabe Aragon taking second in 3:11.48 (which is 10th best all-time) and the women’s squad of Sanner, Howell, Van Grinsven and Hannah Riker-Urrutia claiming second in 3:48.74.

Elsewhere on the track, Gabe Aragon set a new personal record in the 800 in 1:49.66, while Riker Urrutia took second in the women’s 800 in 2:18.03. Sophia Torres was also third in the 3000 in 10:38.59, followed by Adriana Lopez (sixth, 11:03.33), Ashlee Smalley (eighth, 11:24.08) and Stephanie Mladinich (ninth, 11:25.28).

Out in the field events, the Lobos had just as stellar of a performance as the tracksters.

  Richard York

Kendall Spencer uncorked a season-best leap of 26 feet, one inch in the long jump for the victory, with Yannick Roggatz (23-8 ¾) in second.

Spencer’s mark is his best in two years and gives him two of the four best leaps in school history.

The men’s triple jumpers also nabbed strong marks, as Reneilwe Aphane took second with a mark of 51-2 ¼ and Warrick Campbell claimed third with a leap of 51 ¼. The duo moved to seventh and eighth in UNM history.

Marler also climbed into the record books with a winning leap of 19-9 in the long jump. She is now ninth all-time. Jannell Hadnot did the same in the triple jump, winning with a 42 ¾ leap and moving to fourth in school history.

Following both Marler and Hadnot was Lindsay Read, who set a new personal record in the  triple jump (39-5 ¾) to place third, while also taking fifth in the long jump (17-6 ¼).

Not to be outdone by the jumpers, the men’s javelin crew also had a record day, with Richard York taking second with a new PR of 210-4. Marcus Simon placed third (190 feet), Nik Aston fourth (PR of 179-6) and Nolan Paranto fifth (172-11).

The Lobos’ pole vaulters scored a pair of victors in Logan Pflibsen (16-6 ¾) for the men and Margo Tucker (13 ¾) for the women. Tyler Jackson was also second (15-1 ½) on the men’s side, with Annie Stirling second (PR of 12-9 ½) and Emily Heisler and Nathalie Busk sharing third (12-3 ½) for the women.

Rounding out the finishers were Samantha Bowe (first, 5-3 ¾) and Markus Miller (second, 6-5) in the high jump.

Most of the Lobos will take the next week off to prepare for the MW Championships in Laramie, Wyo., on May 14-17, while a few might travel to the Air Force Twilight next week for last-minute competition. UNM's distance runners will also compete Sunday at the Payton Jordan Invitational in Stanford, Calif.