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16 Lobos Named MW All-Conference for Outdoor Season

by Alma Solis

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The University of New Mexico track & field team had 16 student-athletes named to the Mountain West All-Conference Team, after outstanding performances at the MW Outdoor Championships this past week (May 9-11).

The top-three finishers in each event were named to the Mountain West All-Conference Team.

On the men’s side, eight Lobos earned All-Conference honors. The 4x400m relay team of Victor Akhalu, Rivaldo Leacock, Jovahn Williamson and Jevon O’Bryant earned first in the event at the championships last week to earn the honors. Three of the four also earned the honor for different individual events – Leacock was first in the 400m hurdles, O’Bryant was first in the 400m dash and Williamson was third in the 400m dash as well as first in the 200m dash.

Aidan Quinn earned gold in triple jump and Camillo Dunninger earned bronze in javelin as they were the lone two Lobos to earn all-conference honors in the field events. Matthew Larkin placed second in the 800m run to secure the honors. Awet Yohannes placed second in the men’s 3000m steeplechase to round out the New Mexico men’s student-athletes to earn all-conference.

On the women’s side, eight more Lobos earned All-Conference at the conclusion of the championships. In the 3000m steeplechase, Adva Cohen won the event by a landslide 20 seconds to earn the honors. A podium sweep in the 1500m run gave Samree Dishon, Stefanie Parsons and Elise Thorner the all-conference selections. Dishon also placed in the top three in the 10K run, along with Emma Heckel and Gracelyn Larkin, for another podium sweep and three all-league selections.

Another podium sweep in the 5000m run by Heckel, Larkin and Amelia Mazza-Downie earned a trio more of honors for the squad. Tianna Holmes rounded out the Lobos on the women’s squad to earn all-conference as she placed second in the 400m dash.

21 Lobos were selected today by the NCAA committee to compete in the West preliminary round, set for May 25-28 in Fayetteville, Ark. The top 12 competitors in each event will advance to the NCAA Championships, which are set for June 8-11 in Eugene, Ore.

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