at NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships *
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.
For the men, seven individuals claimed 10 total honors, while nine women and a relay team scored 12 total selections.
The Lobo women racked up 145.5 team points over the four-day meet, while the men combined for 149
The Lobo women are in second place while the men sit in third after the third day of action at the MW Track Championships.
The Lobos are heading to the MW Championships with high expectations as the men aim to back up their indoor title.
UNM hosts the New Mexico Invitational, their second of four home meets, Jan. 25-26 at the Albuquerque Convention Center.
The UNM track and field team takes on the MW at the conference championships in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 9-12.
The Lobos played host to some of the premier institutions across the nation at the Don Kirby Invite, Feb. 10, 2012.
2013 Indoor: Competed at six meets, splitting time mostly between the 400 and 4x400 ... During the regular season, clocked times in the 400 of 56.04* (fifth at the New Mexico Classic) and 59.64* (27th at Don Kirby Open) ... Took ninth in the 400 at the Mountain West Championships, finishing in 56.74 ... Did run the 600 at the Cherry & Silver Invitational, placing second in 1:35.32 ...Raced in the Lobos' primary 4x400 team, helping the women place sixth at the MW Championships, ninth at the Don Kirby Elite Invitational and third at the New Mexico Invitational.
2013 Outdoor: Saw action at six meets, starting in the 200 before transitioning to the 400 by season's end ... Ran the 200 at the UTEP Springtime Invitational (sixth place, 24.90*), the Don Kirby Tailwind Invitational (eigth, 24.64*) and Air Force Triangular (third, 25.00*) ... Also ran first of five 400s at the Air Force Triangular, winning with a time of 56.67* ... Finished the season with three straight third-place finishes, starting with the Beach Invitational (55.21), then the Brutus Hamilton Invitational (55.59), before claiming bronze at the Mountain West Championships (54.19) ... Anchored the women's 4x400 at the conference meet, helping the foursome take second at the meet and second in the UNM record books.
2012 Indoor: Ran at five meets, almost exclusively in the 400-meter dash ... Started the season with a 3rd-place time of 57.00* in the 400 at the NAU Lumberjack Open ... Ran a 1:35.88 in the 600 at the Cherry & Silver Invitational, her only run in the 600 ... Clocked a pair of fifth-place finishes in the 400 at the New Mxico Classic (55.54*) and Don Kirby Elite Invitational (54.89*) ... At the Mountain West Indoor Championships, posted a career-best time in the 400 of 54 seconds even, winning the event and claiming All-MW honors.
2012 Outdoor: Competed in the 400 at seventh meets, finishing out of the top six only once ... Opened with a runner-up time of 54.79* at the Don Kirby Tailwind Invitational ... At the UTEP Invite, clocked a 57.80* time to place fourth ... Tallied a 55.15 time at the Mt. SAC Relays, placing 22nd ... Posted nearly identical times at the Beach Invite (54.96, 6th place), the Brutus Hamilton Open (54.56, 1st) and the Texas Tech Red Raider Open (54.81*, 5th) ... At the MW Outdoor Championships, finished third with a 54.49* time, good enough to claim All-MW honors.
2011 Indoor: Third-place finish in the 200 at the Lobo Open with a time of 24.94 ... At the Cherry and Silver Invitational, Pitts finish second in the 600 with a time of 1:34.02 and ran with the 4x400 meter relay team that finished seventh ... At the New Mexico Invitational, Pitts competed in the 200 (9th place, finishing in 24.66), the 400 (11th place, finishing in 57.01), and ran with the 8th-place 4x400 meter relay team ... Tenth-place finish at the Don Kirby Invitational in the 400, finishing in 56.34 ... Placed sixth in the 400 at the MWC Championships, with a time of 54.89 ... Ran with the 4x400 meter relay team at the MWC Championships, finishing 7th.
2011 Outdoor: Posted a 11th-place finish in the 400 at the Arizona State Invitational, finishing in 56.89 ... Second-place finish in the 400 (55.94), fourth-place finish in the 200 (24.72) and third-place finish as a member of the 4x400 meter relay team at the UNM Tailwind Invitational ... Runner up at the 200 (24.81) at the Sun Angel Classic ... 9th-place finish in the 200 at the UTEP Invitational with a time for 24.61 ... Picked up a pair of third-place finishes in the 200m (24.32) and 400m (54.55) at the Brutus Hamilton Invitational at Cal-Berkeley ... Earned seventh in the 200 at the Steve Scott Invitational at UC Irvine, clocking in at a personal-best time of 24.19 ... Fifth-place finish at the MWC Championships in the 400-meter with a time of 55.08.
2010 Indoor: Ran at six meets ... Started the season at the Lobo Opener, finishing third in the 200 with a time of 25.56s ... Ran twice at the Cherry & Silver Invitational, snagging a pair of top-20 finishes in the 400 (59.74) and 200 (25.60) ... Ran the same two events at the Lobo Challenge, picking up third in the 400 (57.67) and seventh in the 200 (25.37) ... Finished fifth overall in the 400 at the Air Force Invitational, clocking in at 57.16 ... Also ran with the women's 4x400m and 4x440-yard relay teams.
2010 Outdoor: Competed at six meets ... Earned tenth in the 200 at the UTEP Springtime, finishing in 24.86 ... Picked up fifth and seventh in the 400 and 200, respectively, finishing in 56.51 in the 400 and 24.91 in the 200 ... Picked up third at the TCU Invitational, crossing the finish line in 56.19 ... New Mexico-best time in the 200 with a time of 24.68 at the Cal Brutus Hamilton Invitational ... Scored in the MWC Championships in the 400 with a 6th place finish time of 55.02 ... Was also a member of the 4x100m and 4x400m relay teams.
A 2009 graduate of Bonanza High School in Las Vegas, Nev ... Won the class 4A state 400m title with a time of 56.2 as a junior ... Three-year letterwinner in track and volleyball ... Four-year letterman on the basketball court.
Born in Las Vegas, Nev. ... Full name is Shirley Alicia Pitts ... Daughter of Susan Murray and Gerald Pitts ... Has an older brother, Gerald who attends West LA College, and younger sister, Alice, who attends Central Arizona College ... Intends to major in Biology and pursue a career in medicine.
TRACK & FIELD HONORS
All-Mountain West Indoor Team, 2012 (400)
* indicates a performance that has been adjusted based on the NCAA altitude conversion protocol