ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Against some of the best competition in the nation, the Lobos showed they were up for the task.
The University of New Mexico’s track and field team registered a strong team performance at the Cherry & Silver Invitational Friday and Saturday at the Albuquerque Convention Center, recording a number of personal bests versus a top-notch field.
Against six nationally ranked men’s teams and four top-25 women’s squads, the Lobos notched 17 personal records and claimed a score of records-book worthy marks as they gear up for the highly competitive New Mexico Invitational next Saturday.
“People were competing,” UNM head coach Joe Franklin said. “We had some great sprints last night and some great jumps today. The students have competed very, very well.”
Hadnot tallied a leap of 41 feet, eight inches in her first collegiate triple-jump competition, debuting as the fourth-best Lobo in school history.
“It feels really good, especially coming into my first season,” Hadnot said. “... So it’s a big achievement.”
She finished sixth in the event.
Turner tallied her own personal record in the triple jump, leaping 41-2 ¼ to claim eighth. She was third in school history coming into the meet, but was bumped to fourth all-time at UNM by Hadnot.
Still the Lobos’ jumpers performed strongly, as Aasha Marler also posted a career best of 39 ½.
The women saw solid contributions elsewhere, as Emily Heisler cleared a personal-record 12-2 ½ in the pole vault and Tamara Armoush raced to a career-best time of 2 minutes, 15.97 seconds in the 800-meter run.
On the men’s side, the Lobos only competed in two events on Saturday.
The Lobos received additional strong marks from Friday’s action, including a handful of new marks in the school record books.
From the women’s 600, Zoe Howell (1:37.08) moved to third place all-time and Hannah Riker-Urrutia (1:38.52) climbed to sixth in school history. The men’s 600 saw Charles Lewis (1:21.42) and Chris Kline (1:22.87) debut at seventh and 10th all-time, respectively, in UNM history.
Marler and Turner also moved into the record books in the women’s 60, as Marler (7.62) ranks fifth all-time and Turner (7.69) seventh all-time.
Additional record-book marks from Friday came from Samantha Bowe in the pentathlon (second all-time with 3,878 points) and Django Lovett in the men’s high jump (tied his personal record of 7 ¼ for fifth all-time).
Long jumpers Kendall Spencer (fourth, 24-5) and Yannick Roggatz (eighth, 23-10 ¾); pole vaulter Logan Pflibsen (eighth, 16-6 ¾); and 400-meter hurdler Mustafa Mudada (second, personal-record 55.39) rounded out Friday’s strong results.
“They’ve made great progress, they’ve competed well,” Franklin said. “They’ve been supportive of each other. They’re doing the right things, and they’re definitely going the right direction.”
The Lobos will look to continue heading on that right direction when they host Air Force, Arizona State, LSU, Nebraska, Notre Dame, TCU, UCLA and Utah State at the New Mexico Team Invitational next Saturday.