York Claims Heptathlon Title, Smashes School Point Record
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  02/05/2011
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Feb. 5, 2011

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.---University of New Mexico sophomore Richard York claimed the heptathlon title today as the Lobos hosted the New Mexico Classic at the Albuquerque Convention Center. With impressive showings in the seven events, York tallied school-record mark of 5537 points to finish on top.

York's point total is an NCAA provisional qualifying mark and ranks 13th in the nation among DI collegiate athletes this indoor season. The St. Clair, Mo. native broke his own previous UNM all-time indoor record of 5294 points, which he set at last year's Classic.

"He did a great job," said head coach Joe Franklin. "When you have that many events, if one thing goes poorly it can really affect you. Luckily he didn't have any of those events. He had a lot of lifetime bests. He just keeps getting better and better."

Sophomore De'Vron Walker broke the second UNM school record of the day with a men's 60-meter hurdles finals time of 8.08. The time broke the previous top Lobo mark of 8.09, which Walker tied during the 2010 indoor season.

Freshman Warrick Campbell recorded a new personal record in the men's triple jump with a distance of 49-00.25. Also securing personal records were Logan Pflibsen in the men's pole vault (16-07.25, 6th) and Matthew Henry-Marshall in the men's weight throw (60-03.00).

Several Lobos recorded their top times for the 2011 season at the Classic, including sophomore Precious Selmon, who recorded a time of 8.63 in the 60-meter hurdles to finish fourth. Selmon also improved in the long jump, where she leapt to a mark of 18-04.50.

Sophomore Marin Schweigert topped her previous season record in the high jump with a mark of 5-04.25.

"We had two school records fall today, which is great," stated head coach Joe Franklin. "Track and field has been around a long time at the University of New Mexico. It's a great meet"

The Lobos return to action Feb. 11 as they host the Don Kirby Invitational at the Albuquerque Convention Center. It will be the fifth consecutive home meet for New Mexico. UNM is set to host the Mountain West Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships Feb. 24-26.