June 6, 2012
DES MOINES, Iowa — The University of New Mexico track and field team wrapped up the first day of competition at the 2012 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships with Ruth Senior and Beejay Lee bowing out after stellar, if not qualifying, preliminary round performances.
Senior missed advancing to the finals of women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase by less than a second after placing 15th with a 10:13.48 time. Despite missing the cut by only .79 seconds, the senior out of Norwich, England, still recorded the second-fastest steeplechase time in New Mexico history in her ultimate race for the Lobos.
Lee, a freshman from West Covina, Calif., raced a 10.28 time in the 100 to place seventh in his heat and 20th overall. After notching a new personal record at last month’s preliminary round, Lee stepped it up to set a new career best, which now ranks second all-time at New Mexico in the 100.
Decathlete Richard York also competed at Drake Stadium on Wednesday, but was forced to withdraw from the decathlon after injuring his hamstring during the first two events. York, who came into the event with the 21st-ranked seed mark, is done for the weekend.