UNM Track Looking for Experience at New Mexico Classic
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  02/05/2014

When: Friday-Saturday, Feb. 7-8, 2014
Where: Albuquerque Convention Center in Albuquerque, N.M.
Live Results: LiveRunningResults.com, RecordTiming.com

The Lobos have proven themselves throughout the season, showing well against some of the nation’s best.

And this weekend will be no different.

The University of New Mexico’s track and field team is aiming to continue its upward progress versus another strong field of competition as it hosts the New Mexico Collegiate Classic Friday and Saturday.

The Lobos will welcome five nationally ranked squads to the Albuquerque Convention Center — including the No. 1 Arkansas men and the No. 2 Texas women — for the fourth of five straight home meets.

New Mexico is coming off of a strong team performance last weekend at the New Mexico Team Invitational, where the women placed third and the men took fifth against a strong field.

In their only scored meet of the regular season, both Lobo teams defeated UCLA, Arizona State and Air Force, and narrowly missed besting Notre Dame on both sides.

However, the last meet saw all of the Lobos compete, which won’t be the story this week.

As UNM’s vaunted distance runners and jumpers take a week off to recover, the rest of the Lobos will get another shot to gain both experience and a foothold on potential postseason position in Albuquerque.

And the competition will be nearly just as strong.

Arkansas’ top-ranked men will be joined by their sixth-ranked women as the Razorbacks bring some of their nationally competitive jumpers. Texas’ No. 2 women and No. 18 men will join the No. 19 Washington women as the other ranked opponents.

New Mexico will counter with some of its talented vaulters, including Logan Pflibsen on the men's side and and Margo Tucker on the women’s.

Logan Pflibsen, who’s ranked 64th in the pole vault, is one of the top Lobo men competing this weekend. The other names to watch for the men are Markus Miller in the high jump and 2013 All-MW athlete Kendall Spencer in the 60-meter dash.

For the women, 61st-ranked Tucker leads the Lobo pole vaulters, including Annie Stirling, Nathalie Busk, Emily Heisler, back into action. The UNM sprinters, including Kayla Fisher-Taylor, Brittany Myricks and Peri Moran, will also compete.  

It’s a fairly quiet weekend for New Mexico as they gear up to host the Don Kirby Elite Invitational — another world-class meet — Feb. 14-15 at the Albuquerque Convention Center.

Currently, the Lobo men check in with a No. 2 ranking in the Men's Mountain Region Index that was released by the USTFCCCA on Tuesday. The Lobo women are ranked 3rd in the women's version of the same rankings.

Nationally, the UNM men are ranked 39th, the highest among all of the other men’s programs in the Mountain West.

The meet starts Friday at 4 p.m. MT, and is followed up Saturday at 10 a.m. Check liverunningresults.com and recordtiming.com throughout the meet for live results and GoLobos.com after the meet Saturday for a full recap.