New Mexico Sends Three to Outdoor NCAA Championships
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Charlotte Prouse, Amelia Mazza-Downie, and Jamari Drake will represent the University of New Mexico track and field team at the NCAA DI Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Ore. Although the Championships will span from Wednesday to Saturday, the Lobos will only participate on Thursday and Saturday.
Prouse will be the first Lobo to compete, as she will run in the semifinal round of the women’s 3000 steeplechase Thursday at 5:02 p.m. MT. Prouse posted a season-best time of 9:44.99 at the NCAA West Regionals, earning her a second-place finish overall and a spot at Nationals. This is the third outdoor Championship in a row that Prouse has qualified for. In 2018 and 2019, Prouse finished in second place. The top 12 to finish in Thursday’s race will qualify for final round on Saturday at 4:24 p.m. MT.
Drake qualified in the women’s high jump and will be competing in the NCAA Finals Saturday at 3:30 p.m. MT. Drake broke the UNM school record in the high jump at the Don Kirby Tailwind Open earlier this season and broke her school record at the NCAA West Regionals two weeks back. Drake cleared the 1.82m (5-11.5) mark, serving as her new personal best as well. Drake is the first Lobo to qualify in the women’s high jump since 2008 when Tiyana Peters finished in 23rd place.
Mazza-Downie will compete in the women’s 5000m final Saturday at 5:55 p.m. MT. After finishing in 10th place overall at a time of 16:02.58 at the NCAA West Regionals, the freshman qualified for the NCAA Championships. Mazza-Downie set her personal-best time of 15:37.46 at the West Coast Relays earlier this season.
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