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.
New Mexico's track and field squad is searching for a few more regional qualifying marks this weekend
New Mexico's track & field team is taking on Air Force and Northern Colorado at the Air Force Triangular on Friday.
Joe Franklin's Lobos tallied 55 top-10 finishes at the Great Friends of UNM Track & Field Stadium on Saturday.
The UNM track and field team takes on the MW at the conference championships in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 9-12.
2012 Indoor: Competed a five meets, including the conference championships...Opened with a 23.37* mark in the 200 at the NAU Lumberjack Open, placing 20th...Placed 25th in the long jump at the Cherry & Silver Invitational with a 21-8 leap...Competed in the 60, 200 and long jump at the New Mexico Invitational, placing 21st in the 200 (23.37*) and fourth in the long jump (22-1)...Notched a season best in the long jump at the Mountain West Championships, tying for eighth with a 23 1/2 mark.
2012 Outdoor: Participated at five meets, primarily in the long jump...Claimed 12th at the Don Kirby Tailwind in the long jump with a 22-7 3/4 mark, and took 14th at the UTEP Invitational with a wind-aided mark of 22-8...Posted a career-best leap of 23-2 1/2 at the Beach Invitational, placing 19th...Took sixth at the Brutus Hamilton Invitational with a 23-1 1/4 mark...At the MW Championships, placed 12th with a 22 1/4 leap.
2011 Indoor: Opened the season at the Lobo Opener, competing in the long jump, triple jump and the 60m dash, finaling in the two jumps, where he finished third in the long jump (21'-10.75"/6.98m) and second in the triple jump (44'-11.5"/13.70m)...Placed eighth in the long jump at the Cherry & Silver Invitational, reaching 22'-7.25" (6.89m)...Posted a tenth-place finish in the long jump at the New Mexico Invitational, flying 22'10" (6.69m).
2011 Outdoor: Participated at six meets in the long jump and 100m run...Opened with a seventh-place finish in the long jump at the Arizona State Invitational with a mark of 23'-1.25" (7.04m)...Notched a 4th-place finish in the long jump at the New Mexico Tailwind Invitational, reaching 23'-2.5" (7.07m)...Placed seventh in the long jump at the UTEP Invitational with a mark of 22'7" (6.88m)...Registered a 22'-1.5" (6.74m) mark in the long jump at the Brutus Hamilton Invitational at Cal-Berkeley, good for seventh...Placed tenth in the long jump at the MWC Outdoor Championships with a mark of 22'-7.75" (6.90m).
A 2009 graduate of Kentlake High School in Kent, Wash...2009 Nike Indoor Nationals (Boston) long jump champion...mark of 23'-11.00" ranked among the top-10 all-timer at the Nike meet...Class 4A state triple jump champion and long jump runner-up as a senior, and state long jump champion as a junior...School records of 48-01.00 in the triple jump and 24-01.50 (top-10 all-time in Washington state history) in the long jump...Also had a best of 10.95 in the 100m...2009 Simplot Games (Moscow, Idaho) indoor long jump champion...2008 USATF national runner-up in the LJ as a junior...Team MVP and district athlete of the year as a senior...four-year letterman for coach Jim Heusen.
Born in Covington, Wash...Full name is Walston Zachary Smith...Son of Walston and Katherine Smith...Older sister, Brittany, was a three-year letterwinner for the Lobos (LJ/TJ) from 2007-09...Has an uncle, Erv, that played football for Eastern Washington...Intends to major in Exercise Science and pursue a career as a physical therapist, athletic trainer, or personal trainer.
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Mountain West Scholar-Athlete: 2010-12
* indicates a performance that has been adjusted based on the NCAA altitude conversion protocol