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Lobos perform well at Tucson track and field meet

TUCSON — Competing for the first time outdoors as full team, the Lobos posted a strong all-around team effort.

Behind five victories and a number of personal records, the University of New Mexico track and field team registered a cohesive team performance across the board at the Jim Click Shootout Saturday in Tucson.

The Lobo women tied for fourth place and the UNM men claimed fifth in the five-team scored meet featuring Arizona, Air Force, Kansas State and Washington State, with athletes tallying solid results in most events despite not all competing in multiple events.

The UNM women were led by a pair of victories from their distance runners, as Calli Thackery and Nicola Hood both won their respective events.


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In the 1,500-meter run, Thackery paced six Lobos with her winning time of 4 minutes, 26.10 seconds. Suzi Boast (fifth place, time of 4:33.86) and Tamara Armoush (sixth, 4:34.23) also scored, with Amber Zimmerman (seventh, 4:38.38), Nicole Roberts (eighth, 4:41.06) and Heleene Tambet (10th, 4:50.85) also placing.

Those Lobos also raced well in the 800, with Boast taking seventh in 2:14.41, Thackery claiming eighth in 2:15.05 and Armoush finishing 10th in 2:16.04.

Hood nabbed New Mexico’s second individual victory, storming to a personal-record time of 10:15.08 in the 3,000. She was followed by Kristen Kientz (10:55.86) in sixth place.

Elsewhere, the Lobos received a crop of personal bests in the sprints, with Brittany Myricks scooping up two in the 100 (11.83) and the 200 (24.15).

Myricks placed sixth and fourth, respectively, while Kayla Fisher-Taylor led the pack in 100, finishing fourth in 11.74 to make her No. 8 in UNM history in the event. Fisher-Taylor was also fifth in the 200 in 24.28.

Aasha Marler (fifth, 11.77) and Peri Moran (eighth, 12.04) produced PRs in the 100, as well.

Both UNM relay teams also scored with fourth-place times. The 4×100 meter team of Fisher-Taylor, Moran, Haley Sanner and Marler finished in 46.35 and the 4×400 team of Sanner, Zoe HowellHannah Riker-Urrutia and Holly Van Grinsven finished in 3:51.61.

Riker-Urrutia in the 400 (seventh, 56.44); Van Grinsven in the 100 hurdles (sixth, 14.36) and 400 hurdles (eighth, 1.05.35); and Sanner in the 400 hurdles (seventh, 1:04.22) rounded out the Lobos top-10 times on the track.


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For the men, their three victories came courtesy of the track events, with wins on the part of Alex CornwellCharles Lewis and the men’s 4×400 relay team.

Cornwell started the team off with his top time of 3:54.80, helping secure the Lobos’ title sweep in the metric mile. He was followed up by JP Cordova in second (3:55.13) and Graham Thomas in fourth (3:56.72).

Lewis, who was part of the other two titles, won the 400 hurdles in 52.10 and helped the relay team of himself, Mustafa MudadaChris Kline and Gabe Aragon to a victory in 3:11.95.

Mudada was fourth in the 400 hurdles (53.00), along with Cheyne Dorsey (ninth, 54.96).

Kendall Spencer in the 100 (fifth, 10.74), Kline in the 400 (fourth, 48.47) and Aragon in the 800 (third, 1:50.83) also scored for New Mexico in the track events.

Out in the field, the Lobos were bolstered by strong marks in the pole vault, where the women claimed three scoring clearances.

Annie StirlingMargo Tucker and Emily Heisler all cleared 12 feet, 4 ½ inches in the pole vault to place 3-4-5, with Nathalie Busk in seventh with a mark of 11-4 ½.

Heisler moved to eighth in the New Mexico history in the event.

The women also netted scoring performances in the high jump and the long jump, with Samantha Bowe (fifth, 5-5) in the high jump and Marler (third, 19-3 ½) and Jannell Hadnot (fifth, 18-5 ¼) in the long jump.

Bowe and Lindsay Read also competed well in the shot put (seventh, 38-7 ¾) and the triple jump (seventh, 36-11 ½), respectively.

The men saw their handful of field athletes also produce strong results, including Yannick Roggatz leaping to a runner-up finishing of 24-7 in the long jump. His mark is also an outdoor personal best.

Richard York’s toss of 205-4 took third in the javelin to lead three Lobos, including Marcus Simon (eighth, 189-8) and Nik Aston (ninth, 179-5).

Tyler Jackson in the pole vault (seventh, 15-1) and Markus Miller in the high jump (sixth, 6-4 ¾) completed the Lobos’ marks  in the field.

The New Mexico women tied Air Force for fourth place with 67 points, while Washington State won with 158 points. Kansas State (134 points) and Arizona (132) were second and third, respectively.

On the men’s side, Washington State claimed victory with 193 points, with Arizona (115), Air Force (99), Kansas State (98) and the Lobos (76) rounding out the teams.

The Lobos will be back at it next weekend as they split up to take on a three-meet road swing in California to compete at the Mt. SAC Relays, the Bryan Clay Invitational and the Beach Invitational.