Lobos Claim Three Top-10 Finishes at the NCAA Championships
EUGENE, Ore. — Three athletes of the University of New Mexico track and field team competed in the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, and each Lobo finished in the top-10 in their respective events. Charlotte Prouse finished in fifth place in the women’s 3000m steeplechase, Jamari Drake finished tied for ninth in the women’s high jump, and Amelia Mazza-Downie finished in ninth place in the women’s 5000m run.
Prouse has consistently improved through every race this season and posted a new personal best in the final race of her collegiate career. In the 3000m steeplechase, Prouse ran a 9:34.25, claiming fifth place overall. Prouse hung with the front five through the entirety of the race before solidifying her top-five finish in the final lap.
Drake tied for ninth place in the women’s high jump after clearing the 5-11¼ (1.81m) mark on her third attempt. That mark is currently the women’s outdoor program record which she set earlier this season. A tied-for-ninth-place finish from the senior is the best finish by a Lobo in the women’s high jump at the National Championships in program history.
Mazza-Downie ran the women’s 5000m in 15:45.74 for a ninth-place finish overall. In her first appearance at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, Mazza-Downie started hot and held a solid pace, leading the second pack of runners in the last three laps.
With her fifth-place finish, Prouse has earned First Team All-America honors. Both Drake and Mazza-Downie have earned Second Team All-America honors for finishing in the top-16 in their respective events.
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