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Women's Vaulters Sweep as Lobos Progress at Don Kirby Open
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  02/09/2013
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Feb. 9, 2013

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A day after the biggest meet of the season, the Lobos took no time in making more positive strides.

The Lobos posted a solid performance to wrap up the regular season, combining for 19 top-ten finishes and a handful of personal records at the Don Kirby Open, a day after the nationally competitive Don Kirby Elite Invitational.

With just two more weeks until the Mountain West Indoor Championships, New Mexico made some moves up in the ranks with strong performances across the board.

A number of New Mexico's top-10 finishes came in the women's pole vault, where the Lobos swept the top five finishes.

Leading the charge was Margo Tucker, who cleared 12 feet, 5 ½ inches to take first overall. She was followed up by three Lobos at 11-11 ¾, including Annie Stirling, Julia Cook and Nathalie Busk. Emily Heisler's vault of 11-5 ¾ rounded out the sweep.

The men's side also contributed some solid marks, including two new personal records.

Zach Smith notched a new career mark in the men's long jump as he leaped 23-2 ½ to earn third. His old best had been three inches less at 23 ½.

Richard York also tied his personal best in the shot put as he placed fifth with a 42-8 mark. This is the second-straight week York had tossed that distance.

Yeshemabet Turner set a personal record on Saturday

Tyler Jackson and Markus Miller added two additional top marks out in field events, as Jackson finished second with a 14-7 ¼ mark in the pole vault and Miller finished runner up in the high jump at 6-6 ¾.

For the women's field events, the Lobos received a couple of new personal bests and season bests.

In the women's triple jump, Yeshemabet Turner notched a leap of 39-5 ¾ to nab fourth. A new personal record, Turner now ranks fifth all-time at UNM.

Aasha Marler (37-8) and Casey Dowling (37-2 ¼) also finished strong in the triple jump. Marler's mark placed seventh and Dowling's PR placed ninth.

Marin Schweigert posted a new seasonal best in the women's high jump as she cleared 5-5 to place second.

The track events also yielded a number of strong results, especially on the men's side.

In the sprints and hurdles, Kendall Spencer flew to eighth in the 60-meter dash (6.88 seconds), while De'Vron Walker zipped to second in the 60 hurdles (8.19).

Chris Kline netted his own top-10 mark in the 400, finishing in 49.49.

The mile for both the men and women was also productive, as Logan Rosenberg claimed third on the men's side (4:23.78) and Janna Mitsos opened her season for the Lobos with a career-best time of 5:09.68, placing third.

Nicola Hood notched her own solid mile time, finishing fifth with a 5:21.62 time.

Two more women had strong performances at the Albuquerque Convention Center, as Mia Weaver and Zoe Howell both set new personal records in the 800 and 400, respectively.

The Lobos are almost done for their regular season, with only a handful of distance runners in Seattle left to finish on Saturday. New Mexico will now take a week off before competing at the MW Indoor Championships on Feb. 21-23.

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