New Mexico Punches Nine Tickets to NCAA's
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EUGENE, Ore. - New Mexico advanced nine competitors to the finals of the NCAA Track and Field Championships at the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds May 26-28. The Lobos will participate in the Championship meet hosted by Drake June 8-11 in Des Moines, Iowa. All three Lobos competing in the men's 5,000-meter run qualified for NCAA Championships set to be hosted by Drake. Ross Millington led the pack with a sixth-place finish (13:36.39), immediately followed by Nicholas Kipruto in seventh (13:41.90)and Rory Fraser rounded out the group in 13th (13:48.74).

David Bishop returned to competition in the men's 1,500-meter run, finishing third overall with a time of 3:44.69 to punch his ticket to NCAA's.

On Thursday, Alesha Walker picked up the first NCAA bid for New Mexico with a jump of 20-3 ½ (6.18 meters) to finish in eighth-place. In field events, the top twelve finishers advance to Championship finals.

In the women's 10,000, Ruth Senior ran the track in 33:33.23 to advance to national finals, finishing sixth. The time is more than nine seconds faster than her previous season-best in the event. On the men's side, Keith Gerrard crossed with finish line in 29:14.67, to also place sixth, and qualify for competition in Des Moines, Iowa.

The Lobos added two national qualifiers in field events as Deanna Young and Django Lovett qualified in the triple jump and high jump, respectively. Young, the triple jump school record holder, was the ninth of twelve athletes to advance to championships when she bounded to a distance of 42-2 ¾ (12.87 meters). In the high jump, freshman Lovett fell just shy of his collegiate best, clearing a height of 6-11 (2.11 meters). The height was enough for a 10th-place finish and a spot at the national championships.


In the men's 100-meter dash, Lamaar Thomas finished third (10.56) in the second heat to qualify for quarterfinals. On Friday, Thomas ran the race in 10.84, the 23rd time in the events, to end his run in postseason competition.

Bishop advanced to the quarterfinals of the 1,500-meter on Thursday with a third-place time of 3:45.22. The top 5 finishers in all four heats and the two next best times in Saturday's quarterfinals will travel to Drake next weekend.

New Mexico sophomore Richard York also qualified in the outdoor decathlon, however that event is not competed until the Championship finals in Des Moines.

Competition at Oregon concludes Saturday with Lobos competing in the men's 1,500-meter quarterfinals, men's and women's 5,000-meter run and the men's triple jump.

Other Lobo performances:

Thursday -
Long Jump - 36. Kendall Spencer (23-1 ¾, 7.05 meters)
400-meter Hurdles - 37. Yusuf Muhammed (53.45), 43. Charles Lewis (55.00)
400-meter Dash - 43. Shirley Pitts (56.41)
800-meter Run - 39. Gabe Aragon (1:52.34), 42. Sam Evans (1. 53.90)
10,000-meter Run - 15. Sarah Waldron (34:00.72)

Friday -
100-meter hurdles - 48. Precious Selmon (14.57)
110-meter hurdles - 24. De'Vron Walker (14.25)
Pole Vault - 36. Amber Menke (12 ½, 3.70 meters)

Saturday -
Triple Jump - 17. Warrick Campbell (50-9 ½, 15.48 meters)
5,000-meter run - 14. Ruth Senior (16:15.94), 25. Natalie Gray (16:40.51), 27. Kristy Milner (16:45.36), 39. Vanessa Ortiz (17:06.76)