LUBBOCK, Texas — The University of New Mexico’s track and field team posted a strong showing at the Texas Tech Open Saturday, as its sprints corp and a handful of field athletes claimed a number of solid marks.
The Lobos, competing most of their team for the first time outdoors, received a victory in the javelin throw from Richard York and a bevy of good times in the sprint events at the Terry and Linda Fuller Track and Field Complex.
York led the New Mexico men in Lubbock, winning the men’s javelin throw with a mark of 195 feet, 4 inches. He was followed by Marcus Simon, who was second with a toss of 190-8. Nik Aston placed ninth, throwing 162-10.
The Lobo men also captured top-10 marks in the pole vault and long jump with Logan Pflibsen’s clearance of 16-1 ¾ meriting second in the vault and Reneilwe Aphane’s leap of 23 ½ taking ninth in the long jump.
Tyler Jackson (sixth place, mark of 14-8) was ninth in the pole vault, as well.
Nathalie Busk was eighth with a mark of 11-8.
The women’s sprinters also competed in full force, with five or more athletes seeing action in three events.
Hannah Riker-Urrutia registered the top UNM finish in the 400, clocking a time of 56.30. She was followed by Holly Van Grinsven (20th, 58.75), Zoe Howell (21th, 59.14), Ariel Burch (22nd, 59.19) and Lucretia Vigil (23rd, 59.25) in the top 25.
The 100 also produced some solid times, including Aasha Marler (17th, 11.89), Sannner (19th, 11.91) and Fisher-Taylor (11.93).
Those three teamed up with Peri Moran in the women’s 4x100 relay to finish fifth in 46.39.
Elsewhere, New Mexico’s sprinters and hurdlers saw Van Grinsven (17th, 14.65) and Samantha Bowe (26th, 15.37) in the 100 hurdles; Mia Weaver (24th. 2:30.42) in the 800; and Christina Clark (21st, 1:10.70) in the 400 hurdles.
The Lobos will head back out next week when they take to Tucson, Ariz., for the Jim Click Shootout Saturday, April 12.