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York Claims Heptathlon Gold at MWC Indoor Championships
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  02/25/2011
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Feb. 25, 2011

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New Mexico sophomore Richard York claimed the 2011 Mountain West Conference indoor heptathlon title, accumulating 5,533 points throughout two days of competition. York is the first Lobo to win the indoor title since Mark Johnson won the inaugural MWC heptathlon in 2004.

York's point total marks the third-best score in MWC Championship history and fifth-best overall score in MWC history. Sam Potter, a sophomore, of New Mexico earned fourth-place honors (5,002), while senior Brian Wilson rounded out the field of seven, with 4,946 points.

The women's distance medley team shattered the school record with an altitude converted time of 11:34.71 (11:45.39 raw). The impressive squad consisted of freshman Kristy Milner, senior Kim Perkins, junior Alex Darling and senior Ruth Senior. The previous record was an altitude converted time of 11:55.46 set at the 2010 MWC indoor championships.

On the men's side, the distance medley team ran the fifth-fastest Division I time in the country, crossing the line with a final, altitude adjusted time, of 9:32.50 (9:41.30 raw). The foursome, who finished second, consisted of senior David Bishop, sophomore Sam Evans, freshman Gabe Aragon and sophomore Ross Millington.

Lobo freshman Django Lovett claimed a third-place finish in the high jump with a mark of 6-08.25 (2.04 meters) to collect six points for New Mexico. Fellow freshman Warrick Campbell set a new personal record in the men's long jump with a mark of 22-03.00 (6.78 meters).

Senior Rory Fraser finished seventh in the 5,000-meter run for UNM, crossing the finish line with a time of 14:48.24.

UNM finished the day in fourth place in the overall standings through six events with 34 points. BYU leads with 66, followed by Air Force with 53 and Wyoming with 37.

The Lobo women finished the day second with 35 points. BYU also leads the women's team rankings with 66 points.

Freshman Margo Tucker had the highest finish for the Lobos in the women's pole vault, clearing a height of 12-10.25 (3.92 meters), to come in fourth. Her teammate Amber Menke collected a point for the squad with a mark of 12-05.50 (3.80 meters) to finish eighth.

In the long jump, senior Alesha Walker captured second place, and eight Lobo points, with a distance of 19-11.00 (6.07 meters). Precious Selmon, who finished fourth in the pentathlon, reached a mark of 18-10.00 (5.74 meters).

Junior Sarah Waldron ran a raw time of 17:22.11 to finish in sixth-place for New Mexico in the 5,000-meter run. She was immediately followed by senior Vanessa Ortiz (17:28.60).

The MWC Championships conclude with the final 11 events, beginning at 9:45 a.m. tomorrow.

New Mexico had several key athletes move on to Saturday's finals in their respective events, including:

  • Precious Selmon in the 60-meter hurdles (8.60)
  • De'Vron Walker in the 60-meter hurdles (8.05)
  • Lamaar Thomas in the 60-meter dash (6.81)
  • Shirley Pitts in the 400-meter dash (55.41) and 200-meter dash (24.68)
  • Derek Montoya in the 400-meter dash (49.92)
  • Thomas Trujillo in the 200-meter dash (21.64)
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