Indoor Track: Lobo Men Finish Fifth, Women Sixth At MWC Championships
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- University of New Mexico senior Keren Sari-Bentzur finished third in the triple jump and fifth in the high jump on Saturday at Cadet Field House to help the Lobo women move up a spot to finish sixth (49.5 points) at the 2003 Mountain West Conference Indoor track and field championships. Sari-Bentzur earned all-MWC honors in three events, including a pair of conference titles in the pentathlon and long jump, en route to a meet-high 30 points over the three-days of competition. Meanwhile, the New Mexico men finished fifth with a score of 49.
Junior Chris Garofola capped a fine indoor campaign by finishing fourth in the 60 meters (7.01*) and fifth in the 200 (21.93). Garofola and the UNM mile relay team nearly captured their first ever MWC indoor title in the final event of the day, but finished just 0.66 seconds behind BYU. However, the team did clock a season-best time of 3:15.93 to earn all-MWC honors with its runner-up finish.
In other final events, sophomore Matt Gonzales picked up all-conference honors with his third place finish in a tight 3,000-meter race. Gonazles finished with an altitude-adjusted time of 8:21.37, less than two seconds behind the winner, Kip Kangogo of BYU. Senior transfer Mike Pestorich led the Lobos in the 800, finishing fourth in a season-best time of 1:54.03, while fellow senior Nick Lott was seventh in the 400m (49.76). Sophomore Willie Yuen led the UNM effort in the field events, taking sixth in the triple jump with a season-best mark of 45-05.25. In other track events, junior transfer Ahmed Raji took eighth in the 200 (22.18) in just his third Division I race, while sophomore Nick Martinez was eighth in the mile (4:12.29*).
On the womens side, Sari-Bentzur capped one of the finest conference championship performances in program history by scoring 10 points in the triple (38-07.00) and high jumps (5-05.75). Junior Erin Johnson tied for seventh in the high jump with a season-best leap of 5-03.75. Sophomore Amanda Barnes wrapped up an outstanding throwing performance by finishing sixth in the shot put with a school record-breaking toss of 47-00.25. Barnes, who reclaimed the school weight throw record with her throw of 49-09.25 yesterday, eclipsed Myra Smiths 1992 mark of 46-11.50 in the shot put. The womens mile relay team picked up the teams final points of the meet with its seventh place finish (3:58.92).
BYUs men and women both captured the team titles. For the Cougar women it was a four-peat, while the mens team won for the third time in four years. For complete results of the 2003 MWC Indoor Track and Field Championships visit the official MWC Indoor Championships tournament tracker on www.themwc.com.
Female Team Scores
|2|San Diego State|119|
Male Team Scores