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College Spring Sports Roundup: Lobo Cohen gets assist, 2nd place

STANFORD, Calif. – Tabbed as “one to watch” in one of the prime races to watch at the elite Payton Jordan Invitational on Thursday night at Cobb Track and Angell Field, New Mexico’s Adva Cohen didn’t disappoint in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, producing one of the best races of the evening and a glimpse at races to come in the not-too-distant future.

The sophomore from Jerusalem battled Boise State star Allie Ostrander stride-for-stride and finished in second by a mere 0.05 seconds. Cohen clocked 9 minutes, 45.71 seconds in her first race at that distance this season.

UNM teammate Charlotte Prouse also finished a strong fifth at 9:56.01, giving UNM the second and seventh fastest times of the season among NCAA runners.

Cohen and Prouse also handed a big assist to Lobo teammates in the women’s 5,000. With Prouse, Cohen and Alexandra Harris to pace them, Lobos Ednah Kurgat and Weini Kelati went out in front.

Kelati finished sixth at 15:23.77, but the sophomore was the top collegiate finisher in the elite race. Kurgat finished in 15:32.70 as the third collegiate runner and the third-fastest time.

Among the Lobo men, Michael Wilson placed second in his 800-meter heat in 1:48.77. He paced teammate Ian Crowe-Wright, who finished second in his 1,500 meters section at 3:47.38. UNM is also entered today at the Masked Rider Open hosted by Texas Tech.

GOLF: UNM’s Glen Millican was named Mountain West men’s Coach of the Year on Friday, and rookie Sam Choi was named league co-freshman of the year. Senior Sean Carlon of Albuquerque and MWC medalist, sophomore Galven Green, were also named to the 12-member all-conference team. The conference champion Lobos play in the NCAA Louisville Regional May 13-15.

BASEBALL: Visiting Air Force hit three home runs, built a 5-1 lead and held off a late UNM rally to take a 5-4 win Friday night at Santa Ana Star Field.

Brayden Merritt’s two-run single in the eighth pulled the Lobos (20-25-1, 8-13-1 MWC) to 5-3. It was 5-4 after Jeff Deimling’s two-out single skipped past Air Force’s right fielder and scored a run with Deimling advancing to third.

But Nathan Price struck out Tanner Baker to secure the win for the Falcons (21-24, 10-13). The teams play again today at 2 p.m.

⋄  In Las Cruces, Nick Gonzales went 5-for-6 and hit for the cylcle as New Mexico State defeated UT Rio Grande Valley 17-8 to pull into a tie for the WAC lead. Kevin Jimenez also homered for the Aggies (32-11, 14-5), while Anthony Gomez homered for UTRGV (29-16, 14-5).

SOFTBALL: In Bakersfield, Calif., freshman Mya Felder went 4-for-4, homered and drove in six runs as New Mexico State (28-19, 10-6) won 9-0 in six innings over Bakersfield (14-28, 3-13) Friday in their WAC series opener. Samaria Diaz held host Bakersfield to two hits and struck out six. The two teams wrap up the regular season today with a 2 p.m. doubleheader.

⋄  At Lobo Field, Kaelin Amrein homered and San Jose State (33-15) scored nine runs in the first two innings on its way to a 10-4 win over UNM (12-36). Cameryn O’Grady went 2-for-3 with a double for the Lobos.