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Women’s Sprinters Headline Opening Day of New Mexico Classic
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  02/07/2014

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — On the weekend between two big meets, the Lobos didn’t compete at full strength.

But don’t tell the Lobos’ sprinters that.

New Mexico’s women’s sprinters ran to career bests across the board in the 200- and 400-meter sprints as the University of New Mexico’s track and field team opened with solid performances at the New Mexico Classic.

With the New Mexico Team Invitational last Saturday and the Don Kirby Elite Invitational next weekend, New Mexico gave most of its athletes the weekend off, competing just a fraction of its entire squad at the Classic at the Albuquerque Convention Center.

However, the Lobos who were competing made the most of the opportunity, including some collegiate-best marks in the sprints.

All five women’s quartermilers ran to their best times in Lobo uniforms, led by Hannah Riker-Urrutia’s personal-record time of 57.31 seconds. She earned fifth place overall in the 400 and is now ninth all-time in the event in New Mexico history.

Haley Sanner also placed in the top 10, finishing in seventh place with her own personal record of 57.39.

Kelsi Lewis (14th place, time of 58.86), Ariel Burch (15th, 58.87) and Faith Cobb (22nd, 1:01.01) also tallied their best as Lobos.

The sprinters also showed well in the 200, with Brittany Myricks continuing her climb into the record books. Her fifth-place time of 24.61 moved her up to fifth all-time at UNM.

Sanner notched another personal-record in this event, too, finishing in 25.13 to place 15th.

Rounding out UNM’s track results were Lewis and Burch in the 200; Mia Weaver (11th, 1:45.00) in the 600; and Christina Clark (third, 1:07.69) in the 400 hurdles.

On the men’s side, the Lobos received a pair of marks. Logan Pflibsen was fourth in the pole vault with a clearance of 17 feet, ¾ inches, while Markus Miller was 20th in the high jump with a mark of 6-6.

The Lobos return to the Albuquerque Convention Center Saturday for the second day of the New Mexico Classic. The meet resumes at 10:30 a.m. MT with the women’s shot put, while action on the track begins at 10:45 a.m. MT with the preliminary round of the men’s 60 hurdles.

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

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