Jim Click Shootout - Tucson, Ariz.
When: Saturday, April 12
Where: Roy P. Drachman Stadium in Tucson, Ariz.
Live Results: athletics.arizona.edu
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.
For the women, a number of their distance standouts will get their first taste of the action Saturday.
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.
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.