April 21, 2012
WALNUT, Calif. -- A portion of the University of New Mexico track and field team posted a strong performance at the 54th Annual Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif., over the weekend in the first of two weekend meets for the squad.
Competing at the Mt. SAC Relays on April 19-21 and at the Beach Invitational in Norwalk, Calif., on April 21, the Lobos started off with some record-setting marks.
In Walnut--at the meet that promotes itself as "Where The World's Best Athletes Compete"--the Lobos were able to prove themselves as some of the best as they snapped up 11 top-15 finishes in addition to five new top-ten marks in the UNM history books.
Highlighting the Lobos performance was the accomplishments of the men's jumpers, as all three competitors netted marks in the top 15 of their respective events.
Floyd Ross, an Indoor All-American in the triple jump, got his first taste of his specialty outdoors as he posted a 51-foot, 3.75-inch leap to earn third place and make him the sixth best Lobo in the outdoor triple jump in school history.
Django Lovett also made his 2012 debut with a 6-11.75 mark in the high jump. After missing all of the indoor season and nearly half of the outdoor campaign, Lovett made a notable impact as he placed fifth overall and third collegiately.
Wrapping up the men's field events, Robert Warensjo tallied a 15-1 height in the pole vault to place 13th.
The men's field events also had success, as some short distance athletes rewrote the New Mexico record books. Beejay Lee, the school record holder in the 60m, made his way into the top-ten all-time in the 200m with a ninth-place 21.09 clocking. De'Vron Walker, already entrenched as the sixth-best Lobo all-time in the 110 hurdles, shaved a few seconds off his personal record with a 14.32 time that placed fifth.
Also placing top-15 for New Mexico was Sean Stam and Chaz Lewis. Stam rolled out a 14:03.88 time in the 10000m for ninth and Lewis notched a 52.71 time in the 400m hurdles for tenth.
On the women's side, a pair of distance runners made a splash for the Lobos. Lacey Oeding recorded a 34:27.53 time to win the 10000m elite division and become the ninth-best Lobo in school history in the 10000m.
Ruth Senior, the record holder in the 3000m steeplechase, ran a 10:22.55 in the elite division of the 3000m steeplechase time to secure tenth at the meet. She now owns all of the top six times in the steeplechase in UNM history.
Also contributing for New Mexico was Josephine Moultrie, who placed 15th in the elite running of the 1500m with a 4:27.54 time, and Margo Tucker who placed 13th in her section of the pole vault with a 12-7.5 mark.
The Lobos also competed over the weekend at the Beach Invitational, hosted by Long Beach State University in Norwalk, Calif. Full results as well as a recap will be available Sunday.