March 1, 2012
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - The University of New Mexico track and field team takes a small contingent of Lobos to the Alex Wilson Invitational on the campus of the University of Notre Dame, with the NCAA Indoor Championship just around the corner.
With only Ross Millington (3,000-meter run) having guaranteed his spot at the NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championship next week, New Mexico head coach Joe Franklin is taking a select few to try to punch their tickets for next week in Nampa, Idaho.
Travelling to the land of the Fighting Irish for the Lobos is Sarah Waldron (5,000m), Seam Stam (5,000m), Josephine Moultrie (mile), Gabe Aragon (800m, distance medley relay), Derek Montoya (400m, DMR), Richard York, (DMR), Sam Evans (DMR), Kendall Spencer (long jump), and Floyd Ross (triple jump).
Waldron, a senior out of Puddleston, England, is first in the Mountain West and 26th in the entire nation in the 5,000m, with a 16:14.65 time that ranks her third all-time at UNM.
Stam, a Rio Rancho, N.M., product, has also been successful in 2012 in the 5,000m, as his 14:14.24 time places him fourth in the MW, 79th nationally and seventh-best in New Mexico history.
Moultrie, a junior hailing from Glasgow, Scotland, is dominating her first year as a Lobo, as she has smashed three school records--600m, 800m twice, and mile--and ranks first in the MW in the mile (47th in the NCAA) and second in the MW in the 800m (60th in the NCAA).
Aragon, a redshirt sophomore from Albuquerque, boasts a 1:49.36-altitude adjusted time that not only is first for the Lobos but also ranks first in the conference and 38th in the nation.
Montoya, a junior and local product out of Albuquerque, leads the team in the 400m with an adjusted time of 49.43 that is also the 14th fastest in the MW.
York, a junior from St. Louis, is both the 2011 MW Champion and school record holder in the heptathlon, and has the 32nd-ranked mark in the heptathlon this year of 5424.
Evans, a junior and Stafford, England, native, ranks fifth in the conference in the mile with a 4:05:00 time, but has medaled in the mile at the past two MW Indoor Championships, going for silver in 2011 and gold in 2012.
Spencer, a redshirt junior out of San Mateo, Calif., fresh off a victory at the 2012 MW Indoor Championships, has the fifth best long jump in the nation, as his 25-7 leap is a school record, conference record and Olympic trials qualifying mark.
Ross, a transfer originally from Memphis, Tenn., also coming off his own title at the MW Indoor Championships, leads the conference in the triple jump with a 51-7 1/2 mark that also places him 20th nationally.
The meet starts at 6 p.m. Friday with the men's and women's long jump, women's weight throw and men's pole vault and resumes Saturday at 11 a.m. Check GoLobos.com after the meet Saturday for a full recap and results and to see if any of these Lobo standouts earned their spot among the nation's elite.