Outdoor Track: Keeran Leads Lobos On Day Two In Austin
AUSTIN, Texas -- Sophomore Matt Keeran improved his Midwest regional standings with a season-best throw of 205-09.00 in the javelin on Friday evening to lead the University of New Mexico effort on the second day of competition at the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays. Junior transfer Branden Bennet and sophomore Amanda Barnes are slated to compete in the top sections of the pole vault and shot put, respectively, later today. Senior David Lloyd will also take on an elite field in the finals of the 400-meter hurdles. Approximately 20,000 fans will be on hand at Mike A. Myers Stadium for today's final and invitational events.
Keeran finished seventh in the B section of the javelin, throwing nine inches short of his career-best. The former La Cueva High School standout entered the meet ranked 11th in the region with his mark of 199-10 last weekend at UTEP. Juniors Craig Keish (191-06) and Jimmy Minner (187-02) both recorded season-bests, finishing 20th and 23rd, respectively.
Earlier in the day, junior transfer Ahmed Raji clocked the team's fastest 100 of the young season, placing fifth in his heat (27th overall) with a time of 10.73. Raji then helped the UNM 4x100 and 4x400-meter relay teams record season-best times of their own. The short relay team of Raji, Lloyd, Nick Lott and Chris Garofola finished a solid 16th overall with a time of 41.16. The foursome also clocked a time of 3:13.97 to place 21st overall in the mile relay. Meanwhile, Garofola finished sixth in his 110-meter hurdles heat, recording a time of 15.02.
The women's 4x400 relay team did not finish after a hamstring injury forced freshman Sandra Maxwell off the track during the anchor leg. Maxwell's injury also kept the 4x100 team from competing later in the morning. Meanwhile, senior Keren Sari-Bentzur did not meet the minimum distance in
long jump and was unable to compete in the high jump and 100-meter hurdles due to a scheduling conflict.