Lobo Track & Field Opens Season at Northern Arizona
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  01/17/2008
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Jan. 17, 2008

A new season as well as a new era kicks off as the Lobo track and field team travels to Flagstaff, Ariz for Northern Arizona Lumberjack Invite this Saturday. This will be the first official track and field meet at New Mexico for new head coach Joe Franklin and his staff. This is also the first of 11 road meets for the Lobos this winter including three scheduled trips to NAU's J.L. Walkup Skydome.

For full meet results: www.nauathletics.com


The flu bug has left Franklin's team a little short handed. Although his team is a little under the weather Franklin said he is still looking forward to the trip.

"Right now we are a little sick. everything should be good since we have been working out all winter to get ready for this week. We will find out where we are and what we need to do to get ready for the season."

All-American senior pole-vaulter Robert Caldwell has succumbed to the flu that has been hovering around the G.F.O UNM Track Stadium and will not make the trip.


New Mexico will not have the luxury of any indoor home meets this year. The Albuquerque Convention Center, home to New Mexico indoor Track and Field, will not host any events this year as the facilities are booked through the spring. The Lobos are slated to return to the Convention Center in the winter of 2009. UNM competed in all but one regular season indoor meet at the downtown Albuquerque venue in 2006 and 2007.


Franklin has put together a diverse and experienced staff from around the country, that are all now proud to be in cherry and silver. Erin Howarth comes to New Mexico from Butler University and will handle distance and mid-distance. Leo Settle from the University of Arkansas-Little Rock will oversee sprints, relays, hurdles and horizontal jumps. Rounding out the new coaching staff is Mario Wilson from Bucknell, will be in charge of the vertical jumpers, including the pole vault and throwers.

New volunteer assistant Lamont Johnson a former Iowa State student will assist settle with sprints and relays while Art Acevedo (distance), Derek Mackel (pole vault) and Doug Schneebeck (hurdles) were all retained from previous head coach Matt Henry's staff.