March 24, 2012
By Mike Mulcahy
EL PASO, Texas - One meet down, nine to go.
With a number of nationally-competitive meets on the horizon, the University of New Mexico track and field team opened the 2012 outdoor season with a solid showing at the UTEP Springtime Invitational.
The Lobos registered 29 top-ten finishes at Kidd Field in El Paso, Texas, with 13 athletes finishing in the upper five.
The highlight of the meet for the Lobos belonged to hurdler Chaz Lewis, who claimed victory in the men's 400-meter hurdles with a 52.50-second time. Decathlete Richard York and hurdler Chad Clark also participated in the 400m hurdles, with York placing sixth with a 55.17 time and Clark finishing ninth with a 56.63 time.
Also producing for New Mexico in the track events was De'Vron Walker, whose 14.77 time in the 110m hurdles was good for third. Sam Potter and Clark also clocked top-ten times in this event, as Potter notched a seventh-place finish (15.90) and Clark posted another ninth-place finish (16.30).
The last two Lobo men on the track, Beejay Lee and Matt Everett, also placed for New Mexico, as Lee's 10.63 time in the 100m dash and Everett's 3 minute, 58.29 second time in the 1500m run placed them eighth and sixth, respectively.
Out in the field events for the men, Michael Ellis and Paul Jaramillo competed in the javelin. Ellis registered a 197-foot, 7-inch throw en route to third, and Jaramillo tallied a 176-11 mark for fourth.
Potter also contested in the shot put, finishing sixth with a 36-5.5 mark.
For the women, Marin Schweigert's victory in the high jump headlined the Lobo effort. Her 5-6 mark both tied an outdoor personal best and also earned first place.
Kimberly Vandergeest also participated in the high jump, as she snagged sixth with a 5-0.25 leap.
The pole vault also yielded some New Mexico success, as Margo Tucker, Nathalie Busk and Emily Heisler all posted top-five marks. Tucker, the school record holder in the outdoor pole vault, placed third with a 12-10 mark, while Busk and Heisler both tied for fifth with a 11-6.25 vault. Indoor pole vault record holder Amber Menke competed unattached, but nonetheless placed second with a 13-1.75 mark.
In the long jump, freshmen Yeshemabet Turner and Aasha Marler registered strong performances at their first collegiate outdoor meet, as Turner's 17-10.5 leap earned sixth and Marler's 17-9.25 leap merited eighth.
Another freshmen, Greer Crabtree made her UNM debut this weekend in the javelin, and posted a 124-6 mark that was not only sixth in the meet, but also the ninth best individual performance in the Lobo history.
On the track, four Lobos ran in three events, netting three top-five finishes.
Precious Selmon competed in the 100m hurdles, and notched a fifth-place finish with her 14.67 time.
In the 400m, Mickey Brown secured fifth, as she clocked a 57.86 time.
The Lobos continue their road trip next week, as they travel to Austin, Texas, for the four-day Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays March 28-31.