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Track and field: Lobos get three first-place efforts to wrap up Classic

The University of New Mexico track and field team won three events Saturday to conclude the two-day Collegiate Classic, the Lobos’ third consecutive weekend home meet at the Albuquerque Convention Center.

Sophomore runner Adva Cohen won the mile after finishing with an altitude-converted time of 4:39.98. Not only was the result a season best by 1.88 seconds, but Cohen subsequently moved into eighth all-time in program history for an individual performance.

Adding to her success in the mile earlier in the day, in her first 800-meter run of the season, Cohen posted a second-place finish with 2:09.38.

The field included two highly ranked women’s teams in No. 8 UNM and No. 11 LSU.

On the men’s side, LSU, No.4 in the coaches’ poll, and No. 17 Arkansas were among the teams competing.

The Lobos’ Max Wharton made it two event wins on the track, running a season best in the 800-meter run in 1:52.72 to claim the victory. UNM runner Harrison Smith ran unattached in the race, finishing 1.58 seconds behind Wharton for the runner-up result with 1:54.30.

The final Lobo win came from freshman Aidan Quinn, who jumped a season-best 49 feet, 3 inches in the triple jump, earning his second-straight victory in the event. His third jump proved to be the winning mark, although his first jump of 48-2 and his fourth jump of 48-7.50 would have earned the win as well.

In total, the Lobos produced 10 season-best results and one personal best on Saturday.

New Mexico State’s best performance came from Nicolette Pacheco, whose mile time of 5:18.66 was a personal best and good for 12th place. The Aggies got a victory Friday from senior Taniya Mitchell, who set a program record in the weight throw at 61 feet, 7 inches.

The Lobos remain home for the next meet, hosting the Don Kirby Collegiate Elite Invitational on Friday and Saturday.

UNM also will send some members of the team to the Washington Husky Classic in Seattle.

(Click here for weekend results of the New Mexico Collegiate Classic.)

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