Jan. 26, 2012
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Coming off two strong team performances to start the 2012 campaign, the University of New Mexico track and field team hosts the New Mexico Invitational this weekend, Jan. 27-28, for its second of five consecutive home meets
At the season-opening NAU Lumberjack Invitational on Jan. 14, the Lobos notched 17 top-ten finishes, with four of those marks medaling. The highlight in Flagstaff was Lobo pole vaulters, as sophomore Logan Pflibsen tallied a first-place tie and Margo Tucker, Emily Heisler, Julia Cook and Amber Menke all registered finishes in the top five.
Last week at the home-opener Cherry & Silver Invitational, the Lobos' prizewinning efforts continued as they notched 33 top-15 finishes and three individual victories. Pflibsen again tied for first in the men's pole vault, and this time was joined with a first-place finish by Kendall Spencer and his Mountain West-leading mark in the long jump. However, the best performance belonged to the women's 4x400m relay team comprised of Tawsha Brazley, Mickey Brown, Rachel Kelchner and Shirley Pitts, whose 3:47.21 mark was good for not only first place but also a new school record.
Currently, the Lobo men are ranked 14th in the Mountain Region Poll that was released by the U.S. Track and Field/Cross Country Coaches Association on Tuesday. The Lobo women are ranked 15th.
The meet starts Friday at 5:30 p.m. MT with the Men's Pole Vault, and is followed up Saturday with the Women's Pole Vault at 11 a.m. Check RecordTiming.com throughout the meet for live results and GoLobos.com after the meet Saturday for a full recap and photos.