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 are heading to the MW Championships with high expectations as the men aim to back up their indoor title.
UNM hosts the New Mexico Invitational, their second of four home meets, Jan. 25-26 at the Albuquerque Convention Center.
The Lobos open their 2013 track & field campaign hosting the Cherry & Silver Invite in the Albuquerque Convention Center.
The UNM track and field team takes on the MW at the conference championships in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 9-12.
The Lobos played host to some of the premier institutions across the nation at the Don Kirby Invite, Feb. 10, 2012.
The Lobos start to 2012 year by travelling to the NAU Open and hosting the Cherry & Silver and the New Mexico Invite.
2012 Indoor: Competed at seven meets, emerging as the Lobos' best triple jumper...Opened the season with a long jump, placing 12th at the Cherry & Silver Invitational with a 22-7 leap...Posted his first shot a the triple jump at the New Mexico Invitational, placing second with a 51 3/4 mark...Also placed third in the long jump at the New Mexico Invite with a 22-8 1/2 mark...Claimed third in the triple jump at the Don Kirby Elite Invitational with a 51-5 mark...Won the triple jump at the Mountain West Championships, leaping a then-career best 51-7 1/4...Backed up that victory with another title at the Alex Wilson Invitational, posting a season-best of 51-11 3/4...Qualified to the NCAA Indoor Championships, finishing eighth with a 51-10 1/2 mark to earn the Lobos one team point.
2012 Outdoor: Continued to perform at an elite level throughout the season at seven meets...Posted his first triple jump at the Mt. SAC Relays, placing third with a 51-3 3/4 mark...Also registered two regular-season long jump performances at the Don Kirby Tailwind and Beach Invitationals, placing 21st and 30th, respectively...Claimed a victory in the triple jump at the Brutus Hamilton Invitational, leaping a then-personal record 52-5 1/4...Nabbed runner-up honors at the MW Championships, finishing with a 51-7 3/4 leap...Qualfied to the First Round of the NCAA Championships, leaping a third-place 52-7 1/4 to advance to the NCAA Championships...At the national championships, stormed to the finals of the triple jump on his last preliminary-round leap and claimed national runner-up honors on his last jump in finals, a two-foot PR of 54-6.
Attended Barton County Community in Great Bend, Kansas...Coached by Coach Kane and was on a team that achieved Indoor National Championship honors...Jumped 49-11 freshman year and 51-5 his sophomore year in triple jump...In 2010, recieved fifth place at the NJCAA Division 1 Outdoor National Championships...Three time Regional Junior college champion and a four time national Junior College qualifier.
Born in Memphis, Tennesse...Parents are Floyd and Louise Ross and has six siblings...Majoring in Nursing and enjoys playing Basketball in free time...Favorite athlete is Derek Rose of the Chicago Bulls...Graduated from high school in 2008 from Leavenworth High.
TRACK & FIELD HONORS
First-Team Indoor All-American: 2012
* indicates a performance that has been adjusted based on the NCAA altitude conversion protocol