Feb. 11, 2012
By Mike Mulcahy
Who said all Lobos packs are big?
Even though only ten distance runners made the trip to the Husky Classic in Seattle, the University of New Mexico track and field squad made a record-breaking splash in Rain City.
The numbers alone speak to the success New Mexico produced:
Seven personal records were broken.
Four Lobos placed top-six in their respective events.
Two school records were set.
One Lobo punched his ticket to the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships.
Ross Millington, a senior distance runner who was unable to finish the 2011 NCAA Cross Country Championships, will have an opportunity to redeem himself.
His 7:49.11 time in the 3,000m run was an NCAA Automatic Qualifying mark, meaning he has secured his place among the nation's elite at the 2012 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Boise, Idaho.
And Millington's mark not only was one of the fastest times in the nation--clocking in at second in the nation prior to this weekend's competition--but it also was a school record. The old record of 7:51.20 was held by Lee Emanuel and was set two years ago at the very same meet, the 2010 edition of the Washington Husky Classic.
But that was not all the Lobos managed to do out in Seattle, as another school record fell to the wayside.
Josephine Moultrie, having already shattered two school records in the past two weeks, took down the school record in the mile, blasting out a 4:42.30 time that bested the old school record of 4:47.78 set by Ashley Gibson at the 2010 Washington Husky Classic.
And on top of that, even more Lobos still had outstanding performances that included a pair of top-three finishes.
In the 3000m, Imogen Ainsworth finished third out of 58, clocking a personal-best time of 9:40.52. In the 5000m, Sarah Waldron placed third out of 78, finishing with her own personal best of 16:14.65.
Lacey Oeding also ran in the 5000m, finishing 21st with a PR of 16:44.01 to make her the seventh best Lobo all-time in the 5K.
For the other three men, two more personal bests were set as the records books shifted once again.
Sean Stam moved up higher into the all-time records, as his 14:14.24 time in the 5000m made him the eighth best Lobo ever in the 5K. This mark also set a new personal record for Stam, who finished 28th out of 87.
Sam Evans posted a personal best in the mile. Evans' 4:05.00 mark was good for sixth in the event. He was joined by teammate Matt Everett in the mile, as Everett's 4:15.38 mark was good for 63rd and less than a second off his own personal record.
The Lobos get to head home to rejoin their pack and take a week off to prepare for the Mountain West Conference Championships Feb. 23-25 in Albuquerque.