ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The University of New Mexico men's track and field team climbed to No. 23 in the nation in the most recent edition of the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association national rankings released Tuesday.
The men, led by seventh-year head coach Joe Franklin, made their way into the top 25 for the first time in almost exactly three years and are currently the highest-ranked Mountain West team and second-best ranked team from a non-power conference.
Spencer added his team-best tally of 30.75 point after moving to second in the nation in the long jump at the Don Kirby Tailwind Open this past weekend. His mark of 26 feet, one inch is tops in the Mountain West.
Caldwell’s contribution of 23.70 came by way of his conference-leading run in the 5,000-meter run three weeks ago at the Mt. SAC Relays. His time of 13:33.28 is fifth in the NCAA.
Also adding points to the men’s ledger are Gabe Aragon, Peter Callahan, Ross Matheson, Alex Cornwell, Jake Shelley, Elmar Engholm, Luke Caldwell, Adam Bitchell, Patrick Zacharias, Charles Lewis, Reneilwe Aphane and Warrick Campbell.
The men also occupy the third spot in the USTFCCCA Mountain Region ranking released Tuesday.
The women's track and field team is currently ranked 117th in this week's national rankings and are third in the regional standings.
The Lobos return to action this week as they send a handful of athletes to the Air Force Twilight Open Friday. The team will compete in full again at the Mountain West Outdoor Championships May 14-17.