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Lobos Well Represented at Tokyo Olympics

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Eight athletes and two staff members, past and present, from The University of New Mexico, will participate in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Competition in Tokyo spans from July 21 to August 8, concluding with the closing ceremonies on that date.

– Softball –

Kicking things off in Tokyo is Andrea Howard, who was officially named to the Italian national team final roster after a phenomenal showing at the Women’s Softball European Championship.

Howard finished the championship hitting .545 with 18 hits, six home runs, two doubles, a triple, 40 total bases and 23 RBI, starting in all of Italy’s 11 games. The La Cueva High School graduate and current Lobo outfielder led the tournament in hits, total bases and RBI, while tied for the lead in home runs, third in runs with 14 and was in the top five in slugging percentage and batting average.

Below you will find the schedule and showings for the Italian Softball team.

Tuesday, July 20 – Italy vs. United States, 11 p.m. ET (NBCSN)

Thursday, July 22 – Italy vs. Australia, 2 a.m. ET (NBCSN)

Saturday, July 24 – Japan vs. Italy, 7 a.m. ET

Sunday, July 25 – Italy vs. Mexico, 7 a.m. ET

Monday, July 26 – Canada vs. Italy, 1:30 a.m. ET

Bronze Medal Game- Tuesday, July 27

Fourth-place in group vs. Third-place in group, 12 a.m. ET (CNBC)

Gold Medal Game – Tuesday, July 27

Second-place in group vs. First-place in group, 7 a.m. ET (NBCSN)

– Golf –

New Mexico has a total of three athletes competing in Golf, spanning from Wednesday, July 28 to Friday, August 6. Manon De Roey (Belgium) and Jodi Ewart Shadoff (Great Britain) will represent the women in the event, and Gavin Green (Malaysia) will represent the men. Visit NBCSports.com or this link closer to the Games for a full breakdown on where to watch Olympic Golf on NBC. The schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, July 28

Venue: Kasumigaseki Country Club

• Men’s Individual Stroke Play Round 1

Starts at 6:30pm EDT

Thursday, July 29

Venue: Kasumigaseki Country Club

• Men’s Individual Stroke Play Round 2

Starts at 6:30pm EDT

Friday, July 30

Venue: Kasumigaseki Country Club

• Men’s Individual Stroke Play Round 3

Starts at 6:30pm EDT

Saturday, July 31

Venue: Kasumigaseki Country Club

• Men’s Individual Stroke Play Round 4

• Men’s Victory Ceremony

Starts at 6:30pm EDT

Tuesday, August 3

Venue: Kasumigaseki Country Club

• Women’s Individual Stroke Play Round 1

Starts at 6:30pm EDT

Wednesday, August 4

Venue: Kasumigaseki Country Club

• Women’s Individual Stroke Play Round 2

Starts at 6:30pm EDT

Thursday, August 5

Venue: Kasumigaseki Country Club

• Women’s Individual Stroke Play Round 3

Starts at 6:30pm EDT

Friday, August 6

Venue: Kasumigaseki Country Club

• Women’s Individual Stroke Play Round 4

• Women’s Victory Ceremony

Starts at 6:30pm EDT

 

– Track and Field –

Four Current and former UNM track and field athletes qualified for Tokyo and represent their respective countries. Those athletes are Courtney Frerichs (USA), Josh Kerr (Great Britain), Django Lovett (Canada), and Adva Cohen (Israel).

Frerichs qualified after finishing in second place in the 3000m steeplechase at the U.S. Olympic Trials with a time of 9:11.79.

Kerr will represent the U.K.  after qualifying in the 1500m with a time of 3:40.72.

Cohen earned a spot on the Israeli team based on her world ranking in the 3000m steeplechase. She currently sits 40th in the world in the event and holds a personal-best time of 9:29.74, which she set in 2018.

At the Canadian 2021 Olympic and Paralympic Track and Field Trials in Montreal, Lovett clinched a first-place finish in the high jump after clearing the 2.33m mark.

Below is the schedule of events for track and field:

Wednesday, July 28

• Men’s High Jump Qualifying Round – 6:15 p.m. MT 

Saturday, July 31

• Women’s 3000m Steeplechase Round 1 – 6:40 p.m. MT

Sunday, August 1

• Men’s High Jump Final – 4:10 a.m. MT

Monday, August 2

• Women’s 3000m Steeplechase Final – 6:15 a.m. MT

• Men’s 1500m Round 1 – 6:05 p.m. MT

Thursday, August 5

• Men’s 1500m Semifinal- 5:00 a.m. MT

Saturday, August 7

• Men’s 1500m Final- 5:40 a.m. MT

– Staff –

Ellis Dawson (USA Basketball) and MacKenzie White (USATF) will be on the USA staff in Tokyo.

Dawson, a 1993 graduate of University of New Mexico, started working for USA Basketball as a competitive programs manager on Feb. 22, 2005, and was elevated to the position of assistant director, national teams in 2009. While at UNM Dawson spent seven years as a student manager, from Oct. 1988 through Oct. 1995, for the Lobos basketball team.

In his position Dawson assists in all facets of the men’s and women’s competitive programs, including player personnel and basketball operations during trials, training camps and competitions. Additionally, he assists with the team outfitting; coordinates apparel inventory and video equipment; maintains the USA Basketball video library; as well as assists in coordinating the USA Basketball Officials Program.

White graduated from UNM in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition/Dietetics and was a member of the Lobo tennis team. She currently serves as a Sports Dietitian Contractor with the USOPC’s Team IV (track and field, swimming, golf, equestrian, weightlifting, climbing, shooting), and has done so since 2018. White attended the World Championships with Swimming (S Korea) and Track and Field (Qatar) in 2019. She works mainly with USATF athletes, but since she is under the USOPC, she will assist with other Team IV sports as needed.

– More Information –

NBC is home to the Olympics, so tune in to your local NBC station for primetime coverage. You can also watch the games streaming on NBCOlympics.com, NBC Sports, and Peacock.

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