18 New Mexico track & field athletes looks to advance to the NCAA Championships this weekend
Joe Franklin's Lobos are sending their best athletes to fight for a chance to compete at the NCAA Outdoor Championships
The Lobo women racked up 145.5 team points over the four-day meet, while the men combined for 149
The Lobos are heading to the MW Championships with high expectations as the men aim to back up their indoor title.
Out at UC Berkeley, New Mexico posted 35 top-10 finishes and multiple season bests.
2012 Indoor: Competed at four meets...Opened with an eighth-place run in the mile, finishing in 5:08.24*...Posted a 10:30.24* time in the 3000-meter run at the New Mexico Invitational, placing seventh...Registered a 18:05.82 time in the 5K at the Washington Husky Classic, placing 68th...Finished 24th in the 3K at the Mountain West Indoor Championships with a 10:35.14* time.
2012 Outdoor: Ran at four meets, twice in the 1500 and twice in the 5000...Posted a fourth-place time of 4:42.84* in the metric mile at the NAU SPpringtime Invitational...Clocked a 17:14.31 5K at the Mt. SAC Relays, placing 24th...Posted another fourth-place time in the 1500, this time crossing the finish line in 4:36.40 at the Brutus Hamilton Open...Placed 19th in the 5K at the MW Outdoor Championships, finishing in 17:58.78*.
2011 Indoor: Competed at five meets in the mile, 3,000m run and 5,000m run...Finished sixth at the Lobo Open in the 1 mile run with a time of 5:27.31...Posted a 14th-place finish in the 3000 meter run at the New Mexico Invitational, finishing in 10:36.66...Clocked an 18:39.17 5,000m run and a 10:35.93 3,000m run at the MWC Indoor Championships.
2011 Outdoor:Clocked a 4:49.66 1500m at the UTEP Invitational, finishing fifth-place, unattached, at her only meet of the season.
2010 Indoor: Competed in three meets in the mile run and the 3,000m run...Opened the season with a 5:25.04 mile, picking up ninth place...Clocked 10:26.80 in the 3,000m run at the New Mexico Invitational, finishing up sixth overall and first in her heat...Placed fourth in the 3,000m run at the New Mexico Classic & Multis, finishing in 10:16.38.
2010 Outdoor: Ran at five meets...Ran for a personal best in the 5,000m run at the Stanford Invitational, finishing in 16:48.50...Notched an eighth-place finish in the 1,500m run at the UTEP Invitational, crossing the finish line in 4:48.27...Was runner-up in the 5,000m run at the Brutus Hamilton Invitational at Cal-Berkeley, finishing in 16:59.45...At the Don Kirby Invitational, ran a pair of personal-best altitude adjusted timesin the 1500m run (4:37.68) and 800m run (2:22.35)...Scored at the MWC Championships in the 5,000m run with a raw time of 17:32.87, good for 3rd place...Qualified for the NCAA Preliminaries in the 5,000m run where she ran a time of 17:24.31.
A 2009 graduate of Lockport (Ill.) Township High School...3-time all-state, all-sectional, and all-regional honoree in cross country...best finish at the state meet was 3rd as a sophomore...captured two conference titles in XC as well...PR of 16:56 in the 3-mile run...4-year letterwinner in cross country for coach Evan Schlotter...graduated in the top 2% of her class.
Born in Homer Glen, Ill...full name is Janna Lee Mitsos...daughter of William and Leesa Mitsos...has three younger siblings - Rubby, Ryan, and Jaime...planning to major in Chemimstry.
Outdoor All-MWC (5,000K - '10)
* indicates a performance that has been adjusted based on the NCAA altitude conversion protocol