ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — To open their outdoor campaign, the Lobos competed just a handful of athletes.
Those athletes, however, delivered some strong opening performances.
The University of New Mexico’s track and field team registered a strong outdoor debut behind Peter Callahan’s win at the Arizona State Invitational and solid marks from the jumps crew at the 87th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays.
Callahan paced a pair of top-five performances at Joe Selleh Track at Sun Angel Stadium in Tempe, Ariz., while Kendall Spencer led four Lobo jumpers and a decathlete at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin, Texas,.
In Arizona at the ASU Invitational, Callahan, a Princeton transfer in his UNM debut, tallied a time of 1 minute, 50.43 seconds in the men’s 800-meter run Saturday to earn the top finish out of 16 entrants.
He was able to hold off Manhattan’s Gregory Perrier (1:50.68) in his first action since winning the 1500 at the 2013 Ivy League Outdoor Championships last May.
JP Cordova was right behind his teammate in the 800, claiming fifth place in 1:51.91. He was barely half a second off a new personal record, as his best time is 1:51.36.
The Lobos also received some new outdoor personal records in Texas, as well, with Aasha Marler taking home a new outdoor best in the long jump.
The 2014 Mountain West indoor long jump champion recorded a mark of 19 feet, 4 ¼ inches (5.90 meters) Friday, placing 10th in the women’s A section and improving her outdoor best from 18-8 (5.69m).
Spencer took home the best finish of the four Lobo jumpers at the Texas Relays, as he finished sixth in the men’s A section. Spencer, the 2012 NCAA indoor long jump titlist, tallied a distance of 24-2 ½ (7.37m) to merit his finish.
Yannick Roggatz also competed in the long jump, taking ninth place in the B section with a mark of 23-2 ½ (7.07m).
Jannell Hadnot rounded out the UNM jumpers, as she placed 12th in the women’s A section of the triple jump with a distance of 40-2 (12.24m). She is now seventh in UNM history in the event.
The final New Mexico athlete competing this weekend was Richard York, who competed in the decathlon. Despite not finishing the event, the two-time MW decathlon champion did register PRs in two events.
York posted career bests in both the shot put (41-11 ½) and the discus throw (131-06) before bowing out after not registering a mark in the pole vault.
The majority of the Lobos will open their season next weekend as UNM splits up and sends its distance runners to the Stanford Invitational in Stanford, Calif., and the rest of the squad to the Texas Tech Open in Lubbock, Texas.