CLOVIS, Calif. — The University of New Mexico men’s track and field team finished in third place and the women took sixth as the Mountain West Conference outdoor championships concluded Saturday night at Veterans Memorial Stadium.
The New Mexico men totaled 147 team points in the championship, while the Lobo women scored 60 points. The Air Force men and the San Diego State women won titles.
New Mexico finished with six victories, as the men earned five event championships and the women claimed one.
The UNM men entered 20 athletes in the meet, and 19 scored in at least one event.
Josh Kerr posted one of the men’s individual titles, becoming the first Mountain West athlete to capture three straight league titles in the 1,500 meter run, this time in 3 minutes, 44.69 seconds. Ian Crowe-Wright was close behind in the 1,500, finishing in second place with a time of 3:45.55. He also added a fourth-place time of 14:07.30 in the 5000.
Kerr also scored in the 800 (time of 1:50.55), as he was one of three scorers in the event behind Kristian Uldbjerg Hansen (third place, 1:49.77) and Michael Wilson (fourth, 1:49.92).
Jonny Glen contributed a sixth-place finish in the 3,000 steeplechase (9:21.86).
The sprints were also extremely productive for the Lobo men, as Carlos Salcido played a part in a pair of event titles.
Salcido won UNM’s first championship in the 200 since 2012 with a time of 21.06, and ran a leg on the Lobos’ winning 4×100 meter relay. Mark Haywood, Alejandro Goldston, Salcido and Jay Griffin IV won New Mexico’s first-ever title in the 4×100 in 40.62.
Goldston and Griffin also scored in the 100 and 200, with Goldston capturing the silver medal in both (10.71 in the 100, 21.47 in the 200) and Griffin taking seventh in the 100 (10.78) and sixth in the 200 (22.10).
In the 4×400 relay, Haywood and Salcido teamed up with Ben Parmoon and Isaac Gonzales to take second, running 3:11.36. Haywood (fourth, personal-record time of 47.54), Parmoon (fifth, 48.31), Gonzales (sixth, 49.15) and Bryan Cutler (seventh, 49.54) also all scored in the 400.
New Mexico claimed two event titles in the field events, as Tanner Battikha won the long jump (24-8 ½) and Brent Dionisio won the high jump (6-11 ½) to pace a superb showing by UNM.
Goldston continued to shine with a sixth-place performance in the long jump (23-2 ½), just ahead of Ryan Chase (seventh, 23-2). Battikha also scored in the triple jump (T-6th, 45-2 ½).
For Goldston, his efforts merited the Male Outstanding Performer of the Meet award, which is given to the athlete with the largest contribution over the course of the meet. He’s UNM first such honoree since 2011.
Daniel Lam and Beau Clafton added second- and seventh-place performances in the decathlon, respectively, while Jason Atencio (T-5th, 15-3) scored in the pole vault and Malik Matthews-Gordon (seventh, 193-8) scored in the javelin.
On the women’s side, Ednah Kurgat led the way with her meet-record and winning time of 32:31.55 in the 10,000, where she was joined by runner-up Weini Kelati, who also dipped below the meet record with a time of 32:41.92.
Charlotte Prouse, Alice Wright and Kyra Mohns all chipped in their own second-place finishes, with Prouse in the 3000 steeplechase (9:59.25), Wright in the 5000 (15:54.17) and Mohns in the 400 hurdles (59.97).
Also scoring on the track for the women were Kieran Casey in the 1500 (sixth, 4:27.51) and Emily Martin in the 5000 (eighth, 16:39.92).
In the field events, Mohns added a third-place finish in the heptathlon, posting a personal-record tally of 5,391 points to move to third all-time in school history.
Rounding out the Lobo women’s scorers where Michelle Traynham in the javelin (fifth, 145-7) and Ada’ora Chigbo in the high jump (5-7 ¼).
In the men’s standings, Air Force scored 204 points to take the team title, while Colorado State (183.5 points) finished second and UNM (147) third.
The Lobo men’s 147 points extended the team’s streak of scoring at least 100 points at the championships to 10 straight years and were the most points scored by the men since posting 185 en route to the 2014 team title.
The Utah State men took fourth with 131 points, followed Wyoming (fifth place, 81.5), Boise State (sixth, 48) and Fresno State (seventh, 16).
San Diego State won the women’s crown with 120.5 team points. In second was UNLV (108 points), followed by Colorado State in third (106.5). Rounding out the standings were Boise State (fourth, 84), Utah State (fifth, 78), UNM (sixth, 60), Fresno State (seventh, 58.5), Nevada (eighth, 57.5), San Jose State (ninth, 55), Air Force (10th, 46) and Wyoming (11th, 44).
With the conclusion of the conference championships, New Mexico’s outdoor season has ended for most of the team. A handful will travel to the NCAA West Preliminary Championships in Sacramento, California, on May 24-26 as they look to qualify to the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Oregon, on June 6-9.
The top 48 athletes in each event in the NCAA’s West Region advance to the NCAA West Preliminary Championship. From there, athletes can qualify to the NCAA Outdoor Championships.