Jan. 22, 2011
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.---The University of New Mexico's indoor track and field squad hosted the second of six indoor home meets as track records fell at the Cherry & Silver Invitational this weekend.
Sophomore Thomas Trujillo ran a career best for the Lobos in the 200-meter dash, clocking a time of 21.77 at the Albuquerque Convention Center.
Margo Tucker had an impressive freshman performance in the women's pole vault, finishing with a mark of 13-01.50, as she came close to breaking the UNM school record in her second collegiate meet. Amber Menke also competed for the Lobos in the event reaching a height of 12-07.50.
In the women's triple jump, Deanna Young finished second for New Mexico with a jump of 41-10.00 (12.75m). Lauren Jaramillo and Nathalie Busk both cleared the women's pole vault at the height of 11.07.75 (3.55m) to be two of four athletes to record the top mark of the day in unseeded competition.
Heptathlon hopeful Richard York tied for the top mark of the meet in the men's pole vault, clearing the bar at 15-07.00 (4.75m)
"We had some good performances, some okay performances and some bad performances," stated head coach Joe Franklin. "We just have to keep moving on with the positives and not worry about the negatives."
In a strong field, the most impressive finish of the meet came from Alabama's Kirani James posted a Convention Center record in the 200meter dash with a NCAA automatic qualifying time of 20.58. His time was also the fastest in the nation in 2011 for the event.
"The competition just keeps getting better and better each weekend," explained Franklin. "The level will go up again next weekend. We have to be able to compete at this level."
The Lobos return to the Convention Center next weekend as they host the New Mexico Invitational Jan. 28-29.