Jan. 29, 2011
Friday & Saturday: New Mexico Invitational
Next Up: New Mexico Classic and Multis, Feb. 4-5
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.--- New Mexico's track and field team posted a strong showing this weekend while hosting the New Mexico Invitational. The tune-up meet was the third of six UNM events, including the 2011 Mountain West Conference Championships, this winter at the Albuquerque Convention Center.
Senior Ruth Senior had one of the most impressive marks of the day, running the 3,000-meter in altitude adjusted time of 9:17.09. The mark ranks tenth nationally among Division I athletes this winter. Teammate Natalie Gray finished third for UNM with a mark of 9:41.58, Kristy Milner was fifth (10:08.48), Delyth James finished seventh (10:08.92) and rounding out the top-10 for New Mexico was Alex Darling (10:15.54)
In the men's 800-meter dash, Gabe Aragon finished with an altitude converted time of 1:49.68 to place first, and rank 12th nationally. Immediately following were teammates David Bishop in second (1:51.59) and John Cordova in third (1:52.90).
Lobo Shirley Pitts was the top finisher for the Lobos in the 200-meter dash, crossing the finish line in 24.66 (ninth), as well as the 400-meter dash (57.01). In the 60-meter dash, Kayla Fisher-Taylor led the Lobos with a time of 7.89 to finish 16th.
Sophomore Julie Brasher finished sixth in the women's 800-meter run for New Mexico, finishing with a time of 2:19.69.
Freshman Django Lovett had an impressive showing for the Lobos in the men's high jump, clearing the top bar height of 7-02.5 (2.14m), ranking 25th nationally.
De'Vron Walker advanced to the men's 60-meter hurdles, where he finised with a time of 8.14 to secure third-place.
In the men's 3,000-meter run, Alex Willis had the top time for the Lobos, with a mark of 8:33.77 to finish third. Allen Pittman was the next UNM athlete to cross the line (8:35.39, fifth), followed by Sean Stam (8:36.29, seventh).
In an exhibition 60-meter dash, nine UNM football players competed to see who the fastest player is on the squad. Wide receiver Deon Long won the event with a time of 7.00.
The New Mexico squad returns to action Feb. 4-5 as they host the New Mexico Classic & Multis event at the Albuquerque Convention Center.