July 5, 2012
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — University of New Mexico track and field athletes Kendall Spencer and Django Lovett are competing at the North American, Central American and Caribbean Athletic Association (NACAC) Under-23 Championships this weekend in Guanajuato, Mexico.
Coming off of strong performances at their nation’s Olympic Trials, the pair look to continue competing at a high level versus some of the continent’s premier track and field talents. Spencer will compete for Team USA in the men’s long jump this Friday, while Lovett will participate for Team Canada in the men’s high jump on Sunday.
Spencer, hailing from San Mateo, Calif., claimed the 2012 NCAA indoor long jump crown and led the NCAA in the long jump for over a month in April. The redshirt junior heads to Guanajuato with a personal record of 26 feet, 8.25 inches (8.13-meters), which is the Mountain West record and only an inch less than the UNM record.
He managed to leap 24-9 1/4 (7.55m) at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials last month, placing 17th in the preliminary round of competition.
Lovett, a Surrey, British Columbia, product, owns a PR of 7-2 (2.18m) in the high jump that ranks third all-time at New Mexico. A two-time NCAA Outdoor Championship participant, Lovett also has been nominated for the Canadian Youth Athlete of the Year in 2009 and is the Canadian youth high jump record holder.
The UNM junior cleared 7-1 (2.16m) at the Canadian Track & Field Trials last month to place third.