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Menke Soars At Cherry & Silver

University of New Mexico athletes notched 22 top-10 finishes, including eight medals, Saturday on the second day of the Cherry & Silver Invitational track and field meet at the Albuquerque Convention Center.

“There were some really good things,” Lobos head coach Joe Franklin said. “We had some really good performances.”

One of UNM’s best was from senior Amber Menke, reigning Mountain West Athlete of the Week. The Cibola alum placed second in the pole vault at 12 feet, 11 1/2 inches. It tied for the seventh-best performance all-time at UNM, and she owns three of the top 10 marks.

The UNM men also were strong in the pole vault. Robert Warensjo and Logan Pflibsen took third and fourth, respectively, both clearing 16-2 3/4.

Among the schools represented at the event were Cal, USC, New Mexico State and BYU, though no team scores were kept. UNM returns to action next weekend at the New Mexico Invitational.

Injured Lysacek To Miss U.S. Meet

What has seemed like a foregone conclusion for two months now is official: Evan Lysacek will not compete at next week’s U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Omaha, Neb., because he still needs more training after recovering from surgery in mid-November to repair a sports hernia.

The hernia was the second setback in Lysacek’s comeback plans for this season.

Lysacek, who has not competed since winning the 2010 Olympic gold medal, withdrew from Skate America in late October with a groin injury.

“Due to the long layoff from the surgery, I still need about three more weeks to get back into competition form,” Lysacek said in a statement. “The good news is I am finally healthy, back to a full training schedule and already working hard to be ready for next season to defend my Olympic title at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi.”

As a reigning Olympic medalist, Lysacek gets a bye into the 2014 U.S. Championships in Boston, where the Olympic team will be selected.

Etc. …

UNM SKIING: In Minturn, Colo., sophomore Anni Nord posted a career best fourth-place finish and led the Lobos Nordic team in the women’s 5K freestyle race at Saturday’s University of Denver Invitational. The Lobo women finished second in the seven-team field and are third in the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association event.

UNM TENNIS: The Lobo women dropped three doubles matches for the second consecutive day at the Beach Tennis Winter Invitational at Long Beach, Calif., prompting head coach Erica Perkins Jasper to say: “Our doubles needs a lot of work.” Today is the final day of the tournament.
— This article appeared on page D5 of the Albuquerque Journal

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