Jan. 26, 2007
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Junior Juan Ortega ran a strong fourth in the men's 3,000 and senior Mark Lamb clocked the fastest 60-meter hurdles time of his career to pace New Mexico as the Dan DeHart Invitational got underway tonight at the Albuquerque Convention Center. Friday's track and field action, which included the Roger Cox Multis pentathlon and heptathlon, featured 21 NCAA provisional qualifying marks, four automatic qualifying marks and three facility records. The meet resumes on Saturday morning at 10 a.m. Tickets will be available at the door - $3 for adults, $2 for students and free for ages 5 and under.
Ortega opened the evening session with an altitude-adjusted time of 8:36.27 in his third 3K of the winter. Freshman teammate Jason Petty added a point for the Lobos, crossing the line eighth with an adjusted time of 8:48.29.
Lamb then turned in his best indoor performance, recording a time of 8.29* to advance to Saturday morning's 60-meter hurdles finals. The Cimmarron, N.M. native surpassed his previous best in the event by a stunning 0.19 seconds.
On the women's side, meanwhile, sophomore Tiyana Peters matched her career-best in the high jump with a clearance of 5' 7" - good for a sixth place finish in one of the meet's most competitive fields. Freshman Alesha Walker narrowly missed a spot in the 60-meter dash finals, winning her heat, but finishing 11th overall with a season-best time of 7.77*.