Jan. 14, 2012
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- The University of New Mexico's indoor track and field squad opened their 2012 campaign at the Northern Arizona University Lumberjack Invitational, notching 17 top-ten finishes in preparation for five consecutive home meets starting next week.
"The coaching staff feels the meet went very well," Assistant Coach Austin Brobst remarked. "We had some really great opening marks. A lot of people had some of the best opening marks they’ve had in recent years. As a coaching staff, we’re really pleased with what we saw."
The best performance of the day belongs to sophomore Logan Pflibsen, whose 16'-11.5" mark merited a first-place tie in the men's pole vault. Along with Pflibsen (who tied with Arizona State's Derick Hinch), four other Lobos placed. Sam Potter finished ninth with a 15'-5.75" mark, followed by Tyler Jackson and Chris Dodds tying for 14th (15'0") and Richard York's 18th-place finish (14'6").
De'Vron Walker also placed top-three in his event, where his 8.27-second time (8.23 raw) in the men's 60-meter hurdles earned him third.
The two New Mexico 4x400 meter relays teams also produced strong result, with the A team consisting of Chris Montoya, Gizeh Ibañez, Chad Clark, and Richard York finishing fourth with a 3:23.83 time and the B team, comprised of Gabe Aragon, Derek Halladay, Sam Potter, and Kendall Spencer, clocking in at 3:24.45 for a fifth-place finish.
Freshmen also had an impact in the first Lobo meet of the new year. Markus Miller finished sixth in the men's high jump with a 6'6" mark and Beejay Lee notched a 10th-place finish in the men's 200-meter dash with a 22.42 time (22.30 raw) and a 11th-place finish in the 60-meter dash with an adjusted mark of 6.89, good for the seventh best performance in the 60m in UNM history. "[That] was one of the best opening marks in the 60," noted Brobst.
For the women, Margo Tucker headlined the New Mexico effort, where she registered a second-place 12'-5.5" vault in the women's pole vault. Also placing in the pole vault with a 11'-5.75" mark was a trio of fifth-place finishers, including Emily Heisler, Julia Cook, and Amber Menke.
Kayla Fisher-Taylor and Aasha Marler competed in the women's 60-meter dash, where they finished seventh and ninth, respectively. Fisher-Taylor crossed the finish line in 7.83 seconds and Marler followed her up with a 7.87 time.
"One [performance] that was kind of a surprise was Aasha Marler in the 60 and 200," notes Brobst. "All three—Coach Franklin, Coach Ceronie, and myself—were all very pleased with what she was able to do in the meet."
Also producing for the women were the 4x400m relay teams. The A team's Tawsha Brazley, Mickey Brown, Rachel Kelchner, and Shirley Pitts combined to finish fifth and the B team's Christine Ostler, Precious Selmon, Lucretia Vigil, and Amelia Weaver finished 11th.
The final UNM athletes to finish in the top ten was Marin Schweigert in the women's high jump, who registered a ninth-place finish with a 4'-11.7" mark.
The Lobos come back to Albuquerque for their home opener next week, hosting the Cherry & Silver Invitational at the Albuquerque Convention Center Jan. 21-22.