April 28, 2012
BERKELEY, Calif. - The University of New Mexico track and field team posted an strong all-around performance of 47 top-ten finishes at the Brutus Hamilton Invitational and Open as it continues to improve going into postseason competition.
As the Brutus Hamilton Invitational and the Brutus Hamilton Open were separate meets, the Lobos were able to gain substantial experience and post numerous strong results. At the Invitational, New Mexico produced 18 marks that finished top ten, and at the Open, the Lobos generated 29.
The highlight of the Brutus Hamilton Open, held Friday at University of California, Berkeley's Edwards Stadium, was the solid showing from the entire team. In almost every event New Mexico competed in, the Lobos registered a top-ten mark, and in over half, the Lobos tallied season bests.
Nathalie Busk had one of those season best in the pole vault, as her event-winning 12-foot, 3.5-inch mark was a personal record.
On the track for the women, Shirley Pitts was only one one-hundredth of a second of a PR in the 400-meter dash, bust still notched a 54.56 time to win the event. Mickey Brown's season best of 52.71 and Rachel Kelchner's season best of 58.76 placed third and fifth, respectively.
In the other dashes, Kayla Fisher-Taylor netted a sixth-place mark of 12.25 in the 100m and a second-place mark of 24.40 in the 200m.
In the 5000m, Sophia Torres went top ten as she ran a fifth-place time of 17:40.33.
For the men in the Brutus Hamilton Open, Tyler Jackson's personal record of 15-11 in the pole vault was one of many bright spots.
The track was also productive for the men, as five different Lobos finished either first or second in the event.
In the 400m, Derek Montoya (49.41), Gizeh Ibañez (49.97) and Derek Halladay (51.06) finished fourth, fifth and sixth, and in the 800m, JP Cordova (1:54.32) won while Alex Herring (1:58.34) finished seventh.
Matt Everett claimed victory in the 1500m with 3:52.93 clocking, and Patrick Ortiz snapped up eighth in the 5000m with a 14:53.16 time.
Potter and York also went one-two in the 110m hurdles as the only two competing. Small field aside, both registered season bests of 15.34 for Potter and 15.37 for York.
At Saturday's Brutus Hamilton Invitational, the winning continued as the Lobos combined for 18 top ten finishes. A handful of athletes who competed Friday did so again Saturday, increasing the experience gained this weekend for New Mexico.
Headlining the Lobos' effort in act two was the triple jump tandem of Floyd Ross and Ty Kirk. Ross blasted out a personal best of 52-5.25 to win the event and to move up to eleventh in the NCAA, as of early Saturday afternoon. Kirk posted a season best of 49-2.25 to secure third.
Along with the Ross and Kirk, nine other Lobos competed in the field events, as many as competed in the rest of the meet.
In the long jump, Django Lovett contributed with a 6-7 mark for sixth.
Jackson, Dodds and Potter went at it again in the pole vault, as Jackson finished second with a 15-5 mark, Dodds third with an identical 15-5 mark and Potter fourth with a 14-11 mark.
Moving to the track, De'Vron Walker snagged second in the 110m hurdles with a 14.58 time and Chaz Lewis picked up fourth in the 400m hurdles with a 52.66 time.
On the women's side, Mickey Brown ran a 57.75 400m for eighth, while javelin thrower Greer Crabtree went for ninth with a 114-10 mark and pole vaulters Margo Tucker (12-5.5) and Busk (11.11-75) went third and fourth, respectively.
The Lobos finish up the weekend tomorrow as the distance squad competes at the Payton Jordan Invitational. Like in Berkeley, these runners will try to gain experience and improve their times as the regular season draws to a close. Check back tomorrow for a full recap and results.