The University of New Mexico opens up its loaded home indoor track and field schedule this Friday and Saturday hosting the Dr. Martin Luther King Invitational at the Albuquerque Convention Center.
Other than a few distance runners who ran at the Boston Opener in early December, this weekend will present the first opportunity for competition for the 2020 team, all of which hopes to end its indoor season in the same location, at the Convention Center, site of the 2020 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships on March 13-14.
This weekend’s meet marks the first of four straight meets that UNM will host and one of six, including the Mountain West Conference Indoor Championship Feb. 27-29.
The Lobos will be competing against some tops teams in the two-day meet, including Texas, LSU and Southern California, as well as regional teams New Mexico State and UTEP. In addition, three Mountain West schools will also be in attendance in San José State, San Diego State and Air Force.
The LSU Tigers enter ranked second in the men’s preseason poll with USC right behind them in third and Texas in fourth. The USC women rank first in the preseason poll with Texas fourth and LSU 16th, while the Lobo women enter the season sixth.
There will be a total of 36 events throughout the two days, beginning at 4 p.m. MT on Friday and 9 a.m. on Saturday, with UNM having 47 entries and three relay groups.