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Friday, December 19, 2014

Sports briefs

Football

Nine down, three to go.

ROOT Sports announced on Thursday that the network will broadcast four of UNM’s games this upcoming season. That means nine of the Lobos’ 12 games are scheduled be broadcasted, with the remainder to be announced.

The other five games are scheduled to broadcast on the ESPN family of networks.

ROOT Sports will televise three UNM road games: Oct. 18, when the Lobos travel to face Air Force; Nov. 1, when UNM goes on the road to face UNLV; and at Colorado State on Nov. 22.

The only Lobo home game ROOT Sports will broadcast is UNM’s finale against Wyoming on Nov. 29, starting at either 1 or 1:30 p.m.

“We are excited to bring another year of New Mexico football to Lobos’ fans,” said David Woodman, ROOT Sports general manager.

Former Lobo and current NFL player Lamaar Thomas will host a youth football camp on June 28 in Rio Rancho.

The camp will be available to children from the Albuquerque and Rio Rancho areas free of charge.
Thomas saw playing time last season as a wide receiver for the Jacksonville Jaguars.

“This is something I’ve been wanted to do since college,” Thomas said. “I had the opportunity to go to the same camp when I was younger, so I know first-hand how much fun that was for me.”

Men’s basketball

The Lobos posted a team GPA of 2.94 in the spring semester, which is their highest mark since the spring of 2006.

“Our success in the classroom last season is a testament to our players and their dedication to being student-athletes,” said head coach Craig Neal. “Academics are a crucial part of our program, which makes our team’s performance in the classroom an important highlight for the season. It is also the result of a lot of great work by our academic staff at the Lobo Center for Student-Athlete Success.”

The 2.87 GPA that the team posted in the fall semester marks the first time that the Lobos have had a collective 2.80 GPA or higher in back-to-back semesters since the 2005-06 academic year.

Track and Field

The UNM men’s track and field team earned 11th place in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association’s John McDonnell Program of the Year award standings.

UNM was able to garner its fifth straight recognition for the award after placing 44th at the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships this past weekend.

“There are a lot of schools that have great cross country teams or great indoor track teams or great outdoor track teams, but they’re not doing it in all three,” said head coach Joe Franklin. “We’re in rarefied company with teams that do well not only in cross country, but indoor and outdoor track.”

The Lobos scored 108 points between the cross country, track and field teams. The standings are a combination of the 2013 NCAA Cross Country Championships, 2014 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships and the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

Along with Texas, UNM is one of two schools to finish in the final standings in each of the last five years.

To be eligible for the award, teams have to qualify for all three NCAA Championships.

Baseball

On Wednesday, UNM outfielder Chase Harris earned his third All-American honor of 2014 by being named to the Rawlings/ABCA third team.

Harris was recently named a fourth team All-American by College Sports Madness and a second team All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.

On June 7 Harris was picked up by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 14th round of the MLB draft.

Men’s Golf

Gavin Green was named a PING All-America second-team selection, the Golf Coaches Association of America announced Thursday.

The senior also moved up to No. 5 on the World Amateur Golf Rankings after he won the Vascory Templer Park Championship last weekend.

“It’s another great accomplishment for his junior season,” head coach Glen Millican said. “Back-to-back All-America selections is something to by very proud of and is well-deserved for the golf he has played the past two seasons.”