Air Force Twilight Open — Colorado Springs, Colo.
When: Friday, May 9
Where: Cadet Outdoor Track and Field Complex in Colorado Springs, Colo.
With the postseason next week, the Lobos are looking to make their mark.
The University of Mexico track and field team is taking a small contingent of athletes to the Air Force Twilight Open Friday as they aim for some last-minute improvement on the eve of the Mountain West Outdoor Championships.
The Lobos, winners of both the MW cross-country championships and indoor track and field championships, are eyeing a sweep of the conference titles and have designs on competing at the NCAA championships, as well.
In order to achieve those goals, UNM is heading up to Air Force.
“It’s a little bit of both, looking toward the conference meet and the NCAA meet,” New Mexico head coach Joe Franklin said. “Some people are trying to earn their way onto the conference team, while others are trying to improve their marks for nationals.”
The MW Outdoor Championships are next week, May 14-17. After the conference championships, the top 48 athletes in each event in the NCAA’s West Region advance to the NCAA West Preliminary Championship later this month. The NCAA Championships are in June.
Making the trip to the Cadet Outdoor Track and Field Complex in Colorado Springs, Colo., are a handful of the Lobos’ horizontal jumpers and New Mexico’s pole vaulters.
Warrick Campbell, the nation’s 29th-ranked triple jumper, and Aasha Marler, ranked 81st in the nation in the triple jump, are both competing, where they will look to improve on their season bests of 51 feet, ¼ inch and 40 ½, respectively.
The Lobos’ pole vaulters will also look to clear some bars at Air Force with Margo Tucker, Annie Stirling, Emily Heisler and Nathalie Busk entered for the women and Logan Pflibsen and Tyler Jackson for the men.
Tucker is currently fourth in the MW and 71st in the nation with her team-leading clearance of 13 ¾. Stirling (12 9 ½), Heisler (12 4 ½) and Busk (12-3 ½) rank 7-8-9 in the conference.
Pflisben sits at fourth in the MW with a mark of 16-6 ¾, while Jackson is seventh in the conference having cleared 15-1 ½.
The Lobo men rank 23rd in the latest National Team Computer Rankings released by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Tuesday, marking the first time UNM is in the top 25 since 2011. The Lobo women check in at 117th.
Check back at GoLobos.com Friday night for a recap and results.