Lobos Rewrite Record Books to Open the Cherry & Silver Invitational
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  01/24/2014

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — After rewriting the record books to open the season, the Lobos were back at it Friday.

The University of New Mexico’s track and field team registered a number of strong marks at the opening day of the Cherry & Silver Invitational at the Albuquerque Convention Center, including record-book worthy marks across the board.

The Lobos produced four times that rank in the top-10 in school history in the 600-meter run, while adding more all-time marks in the women’s 60, the women’s pentathlon and the men’s high jump.

In the 600, the Lobos were paced by Zoe Howell and Hannah Riker-Urrutia on the women’s side and Charles Lewis and Chris Kline on the men’s.

Howell’s 11th-place time of 1 minute, 37.08 seconds moved her to third place in school history, while Riker-Urrutia’s 17th-place clocking of 1:38.52 came in at sixth all-time. For the men, Lewis climbed to seventh at UNM with a 10th-place time of 1:21.42 and Kline debuted at 10th all-time with his 14th-place result of 1:22.87.

Gabe Aragon — already third all-time in the 600 — ran in the event Friday, placing ninth in 1:21.41. Graham Thomas (15th place, time of 1:23.10) also ran for the men, as did Mia Weaver (26th, 1:44.04) for the women.

Elsewhere, Aasha Marler and Yeshemabet Turner raced into the record books in the women’s 60, as Marler’s fifth-place time of 7.62 ranks third all-time and Turner’s seventh-place time of 7.69 ranks eighth all-time.

Samantha Bowe chipped in her own stellar time in the women’s pentathlon, as well, parlaying her fourth-place performance of 3,878 points into the second-best pentathlon total in school history.

Bowe used a victory in the shot put (mark of 40 feet, 1 ¼ inches) and a third-place finish in the high jump (5-8 ¾) to achieve her personal-record score.

For the men’s, the field event produced additional strong marks, including Django Lovett tying his indoor best in the high jump. Lovett, already fifth all-time in the event, matched his best indoors as he cleared 7 ¼ to place fourth.

Markus Miller also set a new career best, scaling 6-8 ¾ to tie for ninth.

Rounding out the Lobos’ top marks from Friday was Logan Pflibsen in the pole vault  (eighth, 16-6 ¾) and Kendall Spencer (fourth, 24-5) and Yannick Roggatz (eighth, 23-10 ¾) in the long jump.

The Lobos return to the Albuquerque Convention Center Saturday for the second day of the Cherry & Silver Invitational. The meet resumes at 10 a.m. MT with the women’s shot put, with the first UNM action at 10:45 a.m. MT in the men’s 60 hurdles.

Check back tomorrow at GoLobos.com for a full recap and complete results of Saturday’sNew Mexico action.