April 5, 2012
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Coming off two solid meets to open the 2012 outdoor campaign, the University of New Mexico track and field team is splitting up to start April as it takes on three competitions this weekend.
The Lobos are hosting the Don Kirby Invitational in Albuquerque on Friday and Saturday and are also traveling to the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif., and the Sun Angel Classic in Tempe, Ariz., this weekend.
This will be the first time since 2008 that New Mexico has competed at three separate meets during one weekend, but the Lobos have already participated at two meets this season to get rolling.
To open the season, the Lobos posted 29 top-ten finishers and 13 top-ten marks at the UTEP Springtime Invitational in El Paso, Texas, on March 24. Headlining the New Mexico effort was sophomore hurdler Chaz Lewis' win in the men's 400-meter hurdles with a 52.61-second altitude-adjusted clocking and junior high jumper Marin Schweigert's 5-foot, 6-inch victory in the women's high jump.
For a follow-up, the Lobos took a handful of athletes to Austin, Texas, for the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays March 29-30. Hurdlers De'Vron Walker and Lewis participated for the men in the 110 hurdles and 400 hurdles, respectively, but the highlight for New Mexico belonged to the women. Senior distance runners Ruth Senior and Natalie Gray notched tenth and 11th in the 1500 and sophomore pole vaulter Margo Tucker reached 12-7 1/2 in the pole vault for 11th.
This week, the Lobos will face off on three fronts, with the distance team taking the road and the rest of the squad remaining home in Albuquerque.
Out at the Stanford Invitational and Sun Angel Classic, New Mexico looks to take some of its preeminent distance runners to contend nationally. Josephine Moultrie is slated to compete at ASU's Sun Devil Stadium while Sean Stam, Kirsty Milner, Janna Mitsos, Lacey Oeding and Sarah Waldron are heading to the Cardinal's Cobb Track and Angell Field.
Back home in Albuquerque, the Lobos will have the rest of the team compete this weekend at the Great Friends of UNM Track Stadium. Standouts in the jumps and the throws are primed to shine, as well as the sprinters and mid-distance teams. Teams competing at New Mexico's only home outdoor meet will include Utah State, Northern Arizona, New Mexico State, Wichita State, UTEP and Oklahoma State.
Currently, the New Mexico men check in at 14th in the Mountain Region Poll that was released by the U.S. Track and Field/Cross Country Coaches Association on Tuesday. Similarly, the Lobo women are ranked 18th.
Schedules and performance lists for the Sun Angel Classic and Stanford Invite can be found here and here. Live results of the Stanford Invitational will be available at RecordTiming.com. A complete recap and results of New Mexico action from the weekend can be found at GoLobos.com on Saturday.