High jumper Django Lovett is advancing to his third straight NCAA Championships after his stellar performance Thursday.
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
For the men, seven individuals claimed 10 total honors, while nine women and a relay team scored 12 total selections.
The Lobo women racked up 145.5 team points over the four-day meet, while the men combined for 149
The Lobos hosted a preeminent field of teams at the Don Kirby Elite Invitational at the Albuquerque Convention Center.
UNM hosts the New Mexico Invitational, their second of four home meets, Jan. 25-26 at the Albuquerque Convention Center.
The Lobos played host to some of the premier institutions across the nation at the Don Kirby Invite, Feb. 10, 2012.
2012 Indoor: Arguably the best indoor season of the decade, winning the conference and national title in the long jump...Competed at seven meets, in both the sprints and the long jump...First crack at the long jump was a win at the Cherry & Silver Invitational with a 24-7 mark...Placed seventh in the 200 and second in the long jump with marks of 22.14* and 24-6 1/2, respectively...Won the long jump at the Mountain West Indoor Championships with a then-school record (and personal record) leap of 25-7 1/2...Also claimed fouth in the 60 with a 6.91* time...Advanced to the NCAA Championships after his record-breaking mark, and won the national championships with the current school record of 26-3 1/2.
2012 Outdoor: After his record indoor season, started the outdoor campaign with the national benchmark...Competed at six meets overall and in the long jump at five meets...His first long jump, a winning 26-8 1/4 leap at the Don Kirby Tailwind Invitational, was the NCAA's top mark at the time and came within a quarter inch of the school record...Came in second at the UTEP Invitational with a wind-aided leap of 25-4 1/2...Won the long jump at the Brutus Hamilton Invitational with a 25-5 1/2 mark...Took third at the MW Championships with a 24-1 leap...Advanced to the First Round of the NCAA Championships, posting a 23-7 1/2 leap.
2011 Indoor: Redshirt season...Competed in only one meet for the season, UNM Lobo Collegiate Open, in the 60 and the long jump.
2011 Outdoor: Competed solely in the long jump for the season, competing in five different meets...Notched a mark of 21'-11.5" (6.69m) in the Sun Angel Classic at Arizona State University, placing 17th overall...Won the long jump at both the New Mexico Tailwind Invitational and the UTEP Invitational, posting a wind-assisted career high of 24'-8.25" (7.52m) at the UTEP Invite...Picked up a fifth-place at the Brutus Invitational, with a mark of 22'8" (6.91m)...Placed first at the MWC Championships in Ft. Collins in the long jump and qualified for the NCAA West Regional Preliminary round in Oregon.
2010 Indoor: Competed in seven meets freshman year competing in 60m, 200m, and the Long Jump...Ran a season best in the 60m at the UNM Cherry and Silver Inviational running a time of 6.85...a At the UNM Lobo Challenge, put a mark down of 6.99m in the long jump...Competed in the 200m and the long jump at the MW Championships placing 6th in the 200m and 3rd in the Long Jump.
2010 Outdoor: Redshirt season.
A 2009 graduate of San Mateo (Calif.) High School...only ran track his final two years for coach Ed Riley, but finished with school records in the 100m (10.65) and 200m (21.55), as well as a best of 23-06 in the long jump...became the first person to sweep all three events at the 2009 Central Coast Section meet after winning the 100 and long jump, and finishing second in the 200 the previous year...solely responsible for his team's second place finish at the CCS meet in `09 and third place finish in `08...earned public recognition from state assemblywoman Gene Mullins for his achievement...state finalist in the 100 (8th), 200 (9th) and long jump (7th) as a senior...all-metro, all-country, team MVP and CCS Athlete of the Year as a junior and senior...also lettered two years in wrestling and football.
Born in San Francisco, Calif...son of Wyner and Pamela Spencer...has an older brother, Caldwell, and younger brother, Cairo...an accomplished hip-hop dancer, working with the Funkanometry SF professional dance company ...intends to major in Psychology and African American Studies and pursue a career as a behaviorist.
TRACK & FIELD HONORS
NCAA Champion: 2012 (Long Jump)
* indicates a performance that has been adjusted based on the NCAA altitude conversion protocol