May 13, 2011
FORT COLLINS, Colo.---After the third day of competition the New Mexico men's and women's track and field teams are both in second place with 61 and 58 points, respectively. BYU leads both sides of the Mountain West Conference race.
New Mexico freshman Django broke the MWC men's high jump season-high mark and set a personal best, clearing a height of 7'-1.75" (2.18m) to capture gold. Django's mark ranks third all-time in MWC outdoor history and is currently 16th best in the NCAA in 2011.
In the women's 3,000-meter Steeplechase, New Mexico senior Ruth Senior, last year's runner -up, crossed the finish line first in 10:34.50 to become the first Lobo to win the event in Conference history. Senior's time breaks the Jack Christiansen Track record, previously set by BYU's Rena Williams-Chesser in 2005. New Mexico junior Alex Darling (10:52.41) placed third.
Kendall Spencer took home the men's long jump title after recording a distance of 23'-10.75" (7.28m). The San Mateo, Calif., native becomes the fourth freshman to win the event in MWC history. In the men's 10,000-meter run, New Mexico junior Nicholas Kipruto earned first-place accolades after clocking a time of 32:42.73.
Amber Menke of New Mexico tied her own personal record of 13'-0.75" (3.98m) with her second-place effort in the pole vault competition.
Team Scores (Men): 1. BYU - 87; 2. UNM - 61; 3. CSU - 49.50; 4. AFA - 46.50; 5. WYO - 19; 6. TCU - 10.
Team Scores (Women): 1. BYU - 67; 2. UNM - 58; 3. SDSU - 45.50; 4. CSU - 42; 5. UNLV - 38; 6. Utah 31; 7. TCU - 16; 8. AFA - 11.50; WYO - 3.
Competition concludes tomorrow, with field events beginning at 11:00 a.m. and running events set to start at 11:30 a.m.