April 8, 2006
AUSTIN, Texas - New Mexico senior Derek Mackel finished a solid seventh this afternoon in the elite section A pole vault as the Lobos concluded their three days of competition at the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays. Mackel cleared a season-high 17' 4 ½", defeating three All-Americans from the Big 12 Conference in Scott Martin (8th) and Chip Heuser (9th) of Oklahoma, and Texas Tech's Bobby Most (no height).
The Albuquerque Sandia High School product improved his NCAA regional qualifying mark by nearly four inches, but was unable to match his 2005 performance at the Texas Relays when he cleared a career-best 17' 8 ½" in a third place finish. BYU senior All-American Robison Pratt won the event with a mark of 18' 4 ½" while UNM junior Robert Caldwell missed on all three attempts at the opening height.
Earlier in the day, freshman Josh Cosio tied for eighth place in the section B high jump competition with a leap of 6' 8 ¾". Cosio cleared the same height as the fifth place finisher, Mark Lee of North Texas, but used more attempts.
The Lobos return to action next weekend with a large travel squad busing to El Paso, Texas for UTEP's Spira Invitational and a select group of athletes flying to California for the elite Mt. SAC Relays.