Lobo Track Heads to Jim Click Shootout Looking for Progress
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  04/09/2014

Jim Click Shootout - Tucson, Ariz.

When: Saturday, April 12
Where: Roy P. Drachman Stadium in Tucson, Ariz.
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New Mexico head coach Joe Franklin has a phrase he likes to use to describe the pursuit of championship-qualifying marks: “don’t chase the demon.”

At the Jim Click Shootout in Tucson, Ariz., Saturday, not chasing the demon — that qualifying time or mark — is key for the University of New Mexico’s track and field team as it continues to look for progress outdoors.

The Lobos, competing the bulk of their team for the just the second time in the outdoor campaign, are still getting athletes going and are just beginning to make strides toward the postseason, with qualifying marks due by mid May.

“It’s still early for us. It’s our second meet of the year,” Franklin said. “... We’re looking for progress. May 16-17 is when we’re trying to get ready. And everything along the way is just a step along the way.”

This step, the Jim Click Shootout, looks to provide both a means for progress and potential NCAA qualification. Arizona, Washington State, Kansas State, Air Force and New Mexico are the five teams in the scored meet, which gives the Lobos a chance to get good marks against good teams.

But the goal at this juncture of the season is still about starting back up again.

“It’s just kind of getting back to everything,” Franklin said. “… We’ve got to get used to outdoor runways and the big track. All it is is progress towards the May 16-17.”

Most of New Mexico’s team is looking for that progress at Roy P. Drachman Stadium, with Ridge Jones among a handful of Lobos seeing their first springtime action.

Jones, one of the Lobos’ top sprinters who also plays wide receiver for New Mexico, will open in the 100-meter dash and the 200 Saturday. Kendall Spencer and Chris Kline will also compete in the sprints.

The Lobo men will also see Alex Cornwell, Gabe Aragon, JP Cordova and Graham Thomas on the track in the middle-distance races. Yannick Roggatz and Richard York are entered in the 110 hurdles, while Charles Lewis, Mustafa Mudada and Cheyne Dorsey are entered in the 400 hurdles.

Aasha Marler  

Out in the field events, Mountain West indoor champion Django Lovett will make his debut in the high jump alongside Markus Miller.

The pole vault contingent of Logan Pflibsen, Tyler Jackson and York will also compete, while York, Marcus Simon and Nik Aston take aim in the javelin throw.

Roggatz, Reneilwe Aphane and Warrick Campbell round out the men competing when they participate in the long jump.

For the women, a number of their distance standouts will get their first taste of the action Saturday.

Calli Thackery, Tamara Armoush, Nicole Roberts, Suzi Boast and Amber Zimmerman will all double in the 800 and the 1500, with Heleena Tambet joining in the metric mile.

Nicola Hood and Kristen Kientz are slated to go in the 3000 to round out UNM’s competing harriers.

Also on the track, Kayla Fisher-Taylor, Brittany Myricks and Peri Moran will look for good times in the 100 and the 200, while Lucretia Vigil and Ariel Burch do the same in the 200 and the 400. The quartermile will also feature Hannah Riker-Urrutia and Zoe Howell.

In the hurdles, Holly Van Grinsven and Samantha Bowe are both entered in the 100 hurdles, and Haley Sanner and Christina Clark are entered in the 400 hurdles.

Aasha Marler will compete in both the 100 and the long jump, with Jannell Hadnot and Lindsay Read also in the long jump.

The pole vaulter crew of Annie Stirling, Margo Tucker, Emily Heisler and Nathalie Busk is also scheduled for action, as is Bowe in the high jump and shot put.

The Lobo men enter as the 38th-ranked team in the latest National Team Computer Rankings released by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Tuesday. The Lobo women are 121st.

The host Arizona men and women rank 17th and 11th, respectively, while Kansas State is 44th and 37th. Mountain West foe Air Force has its men’s team ranked 57th.

The Lobos will kick off competition Saturday with the men’ javelin throw at noon MT, while the Lobos’ track events start at 2 p.m. MT. Check GoLobos.com after the meet Saturday for a full recap.