Despite of injuries on the women’s side, Lobo track and field team still posted strong performances at the Mountain West Outdoor Championships in Logan, Utah this weekend. “We had some great individual performances and we had a really good meet,” head coach Joe Franklin said. “Overall, I’m happy.” The Lobo men scored 102 points to take the fourth place in the conference. It was the 9th straight year that Lobo men scored over 100 points. Air Force (218.5 points) won the men’s team title, Colorado (165.5) grabbed runner-up, and Utah State ranked third. World record leader Josh Kerr solely contributed 20 points with his two individual titles in the 800 and 1500.
The University of New Mexico track and field team is headed to Logan, Utah to participate in the conference outdoor championships today through Saturday. With a number of individual leaders in Mountain West, the Lobos will have several chances to claim the conference title if the team can perform consistently throughout the event. New Mexico seems hopeful that it will have a solid showing that sends several standouts to compete at the national level. "The expectations are to make sure that we’re doing everything we can to score as many points as possible while still trying to prepare people for the national championships,” head coach Joe Franklin said in a release.
“Suzanne, wherever you are, I hope you know that by affecting me positively...you had a profound influence on thousands of people,” said Lobo PhD graduate Giovanna Eisberg, a Family Studies major, as she wished to express her sincere thanks to former teaching assistant Suzanne Kryder. Eisberg, who currently holds five degrees, considered ending her college career 30 years ago after receiving a D on an exam. “(If) it wasn’t for her, I would never finish my college,” Eisberg said. “Her biggest impact was that...she understood that it was a breaking point for me...and gave me another opportunity.”
With the conference championships in less than two weeks, the Lobo track and field team continued to make progress this Friday and Saturday at Longhorn Invitational in Austin, Texas. “This was an excellent meet for our group of 18 athletes that competed,” UNM assistant coach Rich Ceronie said in a release. “They all made significant progress in the Mountain West rankings.” Although New Mexico did not send its full team to Texas, the small pack participation still finished with a fifth place (53 points) for the men and an eighth place (28 points) for the women. Head coach Joe Franklin said earlier on Tuesday the athletes needed to make sure they would make steps towards the conference lists.
The Lobo track and field team will head to Austin this Friday and Saturday to participate in the Longhorn Invitational. The Lobos were expected to post sterling marks in this final meet before competing in the Mountain West Conference Championships on May 10. “Just do the things you can do,” head coach Joe Franklin said in an interview. “Get prepared for the conference championship.”
The Lobo beach volleyball team ended its 2017 season with a pair of home wins against Air Force on Saturday. With the three-match win streak to end the season, the Lobos (17-10) had a successful finish to their third season of beach volleyball by posting an impressive record. UNM earned victories in 10 of its last 11 matchups, which made it possible to tie the program record for most wins in a single season.
Lobo track and field team continued a solid string of performances with individual PRs at the Cardinal Classic in Stanford, California over the weekend. Head coach Joe Franklin said in an interview that the lineup would be relatively small for this weekend. It turned out that some Lobos rested their legs last week as they were leading in the national rankings for their speciality events.
The Lobo beach volleyball team split its two final road matches of regular season in Tempe, Arizona on Friday. New Mexico fell 4-1 to No. 19 Arizona State, but bounced back to beat No. 20 California 3-2 to end its winless streak this season against top teams. “I am really happy for our team finally getting that win over a ranked team this season,” head coach Jeff Nelson said in a release. “We have been in several tight matches and really just pulled out a couple good wins the past two weeks.” The Lobos (15-10) were on a seven-match win streak but were not able to extend it, losing to the Arizona State Sun Devils (13-14).
The New Mexico beach volleyball team and head coach Jeff Nelson seemed excited by the challenge of splitting this weekend's matches between traveling to Tempe, Arizona for a pair of matches on Friday before returning home Saturday to host a double-header. “Big games on Friday, and more emotional games on Saturday,” Nelson said. “Both matches will be close and exciting. I want us to play our best ball this weekend.” The head coach said Saturday should be special as it will mark the final regular season match for the seniors, and plans to have a presentation to honor those players.
The Lobo track and field team will continue its road schedule to Stanford, California this Friday and Saturday to compete in the Cardinal Classic. “It’s going into a very small high-power meet at Stanford,” head coach Joe Franklin said in an interview. “There are probably 15 teams, all very good.” Although there may not be specific expectations, the Lobos will wish to repeat their solid performances from the previous weekend in California. Franklin said the Bryan Clay Invitational was a good meet for New Mexico across the board with many lifetime bests from the athletes.