Lobos Complete a Successful Day at the Texas Tech Matador Qualifier
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The University of New Mexico sent 20 athletes to the Texas Tech Matador Qualifier in Lubbock, Texas, on Friday. Of the 20 athletes, the Lobos came away with 15 top-5 finishes, including three first-place finishes.
The three first-place finishes came from freshman Matthew Larkin in the Men’s 800m (1:52.22), senior Ada’ora Chigbo in the Women’s High Jump, and senior Steffi Jones in the Women’s Mile (4:54.04).
Also running the Women’s Mile with Jones was freshman Isabella Fauria who finished in second at a time of 4:58.28.
In a similar style, alongside Larkin in the 800m, Gavin Sleeter finished in second place with a time of 1:54.09. This race was Larkin’s collegiate debut with the Lobos.
The Women’s High Jump consisted of six Lobo athletes, with Chigbo taking first, jumping at 1.71m. In second place was freshman Alyssa Magallanez jumping at 1.66m. Rounding out the list were Lobo newcomers Victoria Plummer (1.56m) and Emily Ho (1.56), who placed third and fourth, respectively.
Three Lobos participated in the Women’s 800m with Jones finishing in second place (2:12.94), senior Brenda Rosales-Coria in third (2:18.21), and freshman Isabella Fauria in fourth (2:18.22).
Senior Aidan Quinn participated in the Men’s Triple Jump and placed third with a jump of 14.86m (48-9) on his fifth attempt. Similarly, senior Marthe Roee placed third in the Women’s Triple Jump with a career-high 11.54m (37-10 ½) jump on her fourth try.
In the Women’s 400m, junior Tianna Holmes finished in third place with a time of 55.57, and freshman Ryan Little ran a 55.87, a personal-best, earning her the fifth-place spot.
In the first event of the day, freshman Kiara Quezada-Arzate finished third in the Women’s Pole Vault at 3.70m (12-1 ½).
The Lobos’ next confirmed meet is tabbed for March 6 at the UNLV Spring Opener in Las Vegas, Nev.