Feb. 26, 2011
Lobos Track & Field -- At Mountain West Championships - Albq Convention Center
Women's Final Standings: 1. Brigham Young 181.5. 2. TCU 107. 3. New Mexico 90. 4. San Diego State 84.5. 5. Utah 71.5. 6. Wyoming 46. 7. UNLV 39. 8. Colorado State 26. 9. Air Force 17.5
Men's Final Standings: 1. Brigham Young 193. 2. Air force 122. 3. New Mexico 100. 4. TCU 94. 5. Wyoming 80. 6. Colorado State 67.
By Richard Stevens -- Senior Writer/GoLobos.com
It wasn't a great meet for the University of New Mexico Lobos -- but it was a great meet. And, in a way, it was even a greater meet for the Lobos because it wasn't all that great of a meet.
Confused? Well, here's the explanation: The Lobos men's and women's indoor track team combined for the best finish in New Mexico history at the Mountain West Conference Indoor Championships. Lobo coach Joe Franklin said that record finish came despite the Lobos not having a great meet.
OK, maybe it wasn't great and maybe there were a few times that Lobos could have finished a notch higher, but the Lobos definitely didn't have a bad meet. The men's and women's squads both soared to a No. 3 finish behind powerful Brigham Young.
"We didn't have a great meet on either side, but that's what makes it special that we had such a good finish," said Franklin. "I was very happy.
"Our combined finish was the best ever for the program and that shows both teams are moving in the right direction. You take hits now and then, but we are continuing to move forward and that's a positive thing about our program."
Franklin predicted the BYU men and women would run away with the team titles and the Cougars did post the two romps. The BYU men won by 71 points and the BYU women won by 74 points.
The Lobos ended the three-day competition at the Albuquerque Convention Center with four Mountain West champions: Precious Selmon (60-meter hurdle), Ruth Senior (3,000), Richard York (heptathlon), and Deanna Young (triple jump).
"We didn't get off to the best start, but (Saturday) we performed well," said Franklin. "It was nice to crown four Mountain West champions."
The Lobos will advance four individuals to the NCAA Championships: Senior, Ross Millington, Young and Natalie Gray, who did not compete this weekend due to illness. Franklin also thinks the UNM distance medley will qualify.
"They are ranked No. 7 and they usually take the top eleven teams," said Franklin. "Based on the odds, I think they'll go."
The odds mean that there are several "last chance" meets prior to the NCAA finals, which give individuals and relay teams one last chance to meet NCAA qualifications for the national finals. Franklin expects his distance medley team's time to hold up. The Lobo coach also will throw a couple of Lobos into "last chance" meets trying to get them to qualify.
The performance by UNM's Precious Selmon in the 60-meter hurdles was dominant. She flew to an 8.41 clocking to beat BYU's Mindy Sagers, who was runner-up at 8:53.
Deanna Young got the win in the triple jump going 42-02-.50. It was a tight event as San Diego State's Shanieka Thomas was edged out at 42-02.25.
Lobo Ruth Senior established a new high for the MWC Championships as she clipped teammate Sarah Waldron by about two seconds. Senior won the gold with a time of 9:45.24 while Waldron came in at 9:47.57. Waldron's time also bested the old MWC meet mark of 9:47.61.
UNM's Richard York got the heptathlon title on Friday with a 5,533 total -- the fifth-best score in Mountain West history indoors.
UNM's Lamaar Thomas blazed to a 6.80 in the 60-meter dash, which tied for the best time along with Wyoming's Mario Harris. The Cowboy got the edge at the finish and Thomas finished as MWC runner-up. TCU grabbed the No. 3 to No. 6 spots. "Lamaar had him until the very end," said Coach Franklin. "Lamaar is the real deal."
The Lobos had two runners challenging for a MWC title in the mile as Sam Evans came in second at 4:17.45 and David Bishop was third at 4:19.60. UNM's Nicholas Kipruto was sixth at 4:21.88. The win went to BYU's Miles Batty at 4:15.23.
The Lobo women picked up some solid points in the mile with Ruth Senior finishing fifth at 4:56.30 just ahead of her teammate Alex Darling, who clocked in at 4:58.43 for sixth place. UNM's Kirsty Milner finished tenth and Emma Reed came in 11th.
At 3,000 meters, UNM's Ross Millington clocked in at 8:20.20 to finish third behind Air Force's Justin Tyner, who won the race with an 8:16.72 clocking. Tyner's run set a new standard for the MWC meet. Lobo Rory Fraser came in sixth at 8:29.93.
Lobo De'Vron Walker and Colorado State's Trevor Brown put on a good show in the 60-meter hurdles with Brown getting the win at 7.91 and Walker coming in No. 2 at 7.99.
Lobo Warrick Campbell put together three jumps of 49-09.75 to finish second in the men's triple jump behind TCU's Cameron Parker's winning jump of 50-10. Lobo Gabe Aragon was fifth at 800 meters with a 1:51.28 time. UNM's Thomas Trujillo was sixth at 200 meters with a 21.95 time.