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Lobos Garner Two First-Place Finishes at the UNLV Spring Invitational

LAS VEGAS, Nev. — A total of seventeen athletes of the University of New Mexico track and field team participated in day three of the 2021 UNLV Spring Invitational in Las Vegas, Nev. Two Lobos garnered a first-place finish. As a team, the Lobos tallied a total of 16 top-10 finishes.

Senior Jamari Drake secured a first-place finish in the women’s high jump at a career-high mark of 1.78m. Drake was the only athlete in the event to attempt such a mark. Ada’ora Chigbo (1.67m), Victoria Plummer (1.62m), and Alyssa Magallanez (1.62m) all participated in the event, finishing in fifth, sixth, and eleventh place, respectively.

Tianna Holmes posted a UNM-best time of 54.95 in the 400m, earning the junior the first-place spot. Freshman Alexandria Ruth finished in seventh place at a time of 58.26. In the race, freshman Alexandria Ruth posted a collegiate-best time of 58.26, finishing in seventh place. Junior Lauren Chafins finished the race in 15th place at a time of 1:00.44.

Redshirt-senior Carlos Salcido posted a second-place finish in the 200m with an outdoor-best time of 20.85, just .01 second behind first place. Sophomore Montez Wright finished in 14th place in the race, running at a UNM-best time of 21.97.

Holmes also garnered a third-place finish in the women’s 200m with a time of 23.59. Ruth finished in 19th place at a time of 25:19, and Chafins finished in 36th place at the 26.74 mark.

Freshman Matthew Larkin finished in third place in the men’s 400m at a time of 49.96, and senior Gavin Sleeter finished right behind in fourth place at a time of 50.04.

Two Lobos finished in the top five in the women’s pole vault. In third place was freshman Kiara Quezada-Arzate at a mark of 3.51, passing the mark on her first try. Senior Shannon Fritz raked in a fourth-place finish at a mark of 3.51m, passing on her second attempt.

Senior Gabriel Brown placed third in the men’s pole vault at a mark of 4.65m; junior Aidan Quinn finished in fourth place in the triple jump at a mark of 15.30m; sophomore Darryl Thomas finished in seventh place in the men’s long jump at a mark of 6.88m, and senior Marthe Roee finished in 10th place in the women’s triple jump at a mark of 11.62.

The Lobos will host the New Mexico Spring Open on Thursday, March 25. For information on the meet and to keep up with the team, visit