vs. NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships *
The men's and women's track & field team were honors both at the team and individual levels.
Joe Franklin's cross country and track & field teams showed some talent as they racked up the honors and the championships in the 2012-13 season.
Joe Franklin's Lobos advance six athletes to the NCAA Championships after a superlative performance at the NCAA West Preliminary round.
A seven-hour weather delay turned day two of the NCAA West Preliminary Round into a marathon.
18 New Mexico track & field athletes looks to advance to the NCAA Championships this weekend
The Lobos hosted a preeminent field of teams at the Don Kirby Elite Invitational at the Albuquerque Convention Center.
UNM hosts the New Mexico Invitational, their second of four home meets, Jan. 25-26 at the Albuquerque Convention Center.
The Lobos open their 2013 track & field campaign hosting the Cherry & Silver Invite in the Albuquerque Convention Center.
The Lobos played host to some of the premier institutions across the nation at the Don Kirby Invite, Feb. 10, 2012.
The Lobos start to 2012 year by travelling to the NAU Open and hosting the Cherry & Silver and the New Mexico Invite.
2013 Indoor: Competed in the pole vault at six meets, finishing second or better four times ... Opened with a victory at the Lumberjack Team Challenge with a clearance of 12-8 1/4 (3.87m) that garnered her a Mountain West Athlete of the Week nod ... Claimed second at the Cherry & Silver Invitational, vaulting 12-11 1/2 (3.95m) ... Surpassed 12-7 1/2 (3.85m) at the New Mexico Invitational, taking fourth ... Cleared 12-10 1/4 (3.92m) at the Don Kirby Elite Invitational, placing ninth ... Posted identical marks to close out the season, vaulting 13-2 1/2 (4.03m) at the Mountain West Championships (tying for second) and the Alex Wilson Invitational (placing second).
2013 Indoor: Vaulted at seven meets, winning on three separate occasions ... Started the outdoor campaign placing third at the UTEP Springtime Invitational with a mark of 12-4 1/2 (3.77m) ... Cleared four meters at the Don Kirby Tailwind, winning the event at the 13-1 1/2 ... Took home another victory at the Air Force Invitational, clearing 12-10 (3.91m) ... Added an extra quarter inch to her height a week later at the Beach Invitational, placing seventh with a mark of 12-10 1/4 (3.92m) ... Won the event at the Brutus Hamilton Invitational with a 13 1/4 (3.97m) clearance ... Earned runner-up honors at the MW Championships with a mark of 13-3 1/2 (4.05m) that just missed the school record of 13-3 3/4 (held by teammate Margo Tucker) ... Qualified to the NCAA West Preliminary championships, barely missing the cut to the NCAA finals with a 16th-place mark of 13-1 3/4 (4.01m).
2012 Indoor: Participated at six meets, all in the pole vault, and set the school record twice as the Lobos' top pole vaulter ... Opened with a solid mark of 11-5 1/2 at the NAU Lumberjack Open, tying for third ... Tied again, this time for second, at the Cherry & Silver Invitational with an 12-3 1/2 clearance ... Reached 12-9 1/2 at the New Mexico Invitational, claiming second place ... Tied for 12th at the New Mexico Classic with a 12-3 1/4 mark ... Broke the school record at the Don Kirby Elite Invitational, clearing 13-4 1/4 to tie for fourth ... Snapped her own school record with a 13-5 3/4 vault at the Mountain West Indoor Championships to claim runner-up honors.
2012 Outdoor: To make up for a redshirt season during the 2009 indoor season, Menke redshirted the the 2012 outdoor, giving her an indoor and outdoor season left to compete ... Did vault twice as an unattached athlete ... Placed second unattached at the Don Kirby Tailwind with a 12-6 3/4 mark and placed first unattached at the Brutus Hamilton Invitational with a 13-3 1/2 vault.
2011 Indoor: Competed at six meets in the pole vault ... Picked up a second-place finish in the pole vault at the Lobo Open with a result of 12'-1.5" (3.70m) ... Nabbed 8th place at the Cherry and Silver Invitational with a mark of 12'-7.5" (3.85m) ... Finished fifth at the New Mexico Invitational in the Pole Vault with a mark of 12'3.5" (3.75m) ... Posted an eleventh-place finish at the New Mexico Classic and Multis, vaulting 11'9.75" (3.60m) ... Fifth-place finish at the Don Kirby Invitational with a season-best (and then personal best) mark of 12'10" (3.91m).
2011 Outdoor: Runner up in the pole vault at both the New Mexico Tailwind Invitational (13'-0.75"/3.98m, also her career record) and the Arizona State Invitational (12'-9.5"/3.90m) ... 3rd-place finish at the UTEP Invitational (12'-11.75"/3.96m) ... 4th place at the Brutus Hamilton Invitational (12'8"/3.86m) ... 2nd place at the MWC Outdoor Track and Field Championships, tying her career mark of 13'-0.75" (3.98m).
2010 Indoor: Participated at six meets in the pole vault ... Rattled off four straight meets with a mark of 11'-7.75" (3.55m) in the pole vault, picking up first (Lobo Open), seventh (Cherry & Silver Invitational), third (Lobo Challenge), and 15th (New Mexico Classic & Multis) ... Nabbed a second-place finish at the Air Force Invitational, vaulting a then-record 11'-11.75" (3.65m) mark ... Registered the same mark at the MWC Indoor Championships, picking up ninth place.
2010 Outdoor: Competed at six meets, all in the pole vault ... Recorded a personal best in the pole vault with a mark of 12'-0.5" (3.67m) at the Brutus Hamilton Invitational at Cal Berkeley for 2nd place ... Hit a mark of 11'-9.75" (3.60m) at the TCU Invitational.
2009 Indoor: Redshirt season ... Participated unattached at the New Mexico Invitational (3rd place, 10'10"/3.30m) and New Mexico Classic (11th place, 10'-11.75"/3.35m).
2009 Outdoor: Competed in the seven meets, all in the pole vault ... Opened her first season with the UNM Track and Field team at the UTEP Springtime, posting a 10'2" (3.10m) vault on route to a sixth-place finish ... Recorded a season-high 11'-1.75" (3.40m) mark at the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational, good for fourth place ... Placed fifth at the New Mexico Tailwind Invitational, reaching10'-11.75" (3.35m).
A 2008 graduate of Albuquerque's Cibola High School ... Four-year letterwinner for coach Scott Carleton ... School record holder in the triple jump ... .Helped the Cougars capture three-straight district titles and finish 2nd at the 2008 class 5A state meet ... 6th in the state triple jump (34-06.00) and long jump (17-01.75) as a senior ... 17th in the heptathlon at the Great Southwest meet ... Also lettered with the Cougar cheer squad.
Born in Albuquerque, N.M ... .Full name is Amber Susan Menke ... Daughter of Paul and Susan Menke ... has an older brother, Patrick ... Was an accomplished gymnast (level 10).
TRACK & FIELD HONORS
All-Mountain West Indoor Team, 2012 (PV) & 2013 (PV)
* indicates a performance that has been adjusted based on the NCAA altitude conversion protocol