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Five All-American Honors Earned on Final Day of NCAAs

by Alma Solis

EUGENE, Ore. — The University of New Mexico track & field team concluded the 2022 NCAA Outdoor Championships, earning five more All-American honors on the final day on Friday at Hayward Field.

A pair of Lobos started the day off in the 3000m steeplechase. Elise Thorner finished in fifth with a time of 9:33.99, her second-fastest time this season. Adva Cohen finished in eighth with a personal best time of 9:35.60. Both Thorner and Cohen hit the cutoff to be named First Team All-American, the first Lobos to earn the honor this championships week.

A trio more of Lobos competed in the 5000m final shortly after that. Gracelyn Larkin crossed the finish line at seventh with a time of 15:33.10 to earn another First Team All-American honor. Amelia Mazza-Downie was the next to finish as she placed 16th to earn Second Team with a season-best time of 15:58.39. Emma Heckel finished just two places behind that in 18th with a time of 16:01.51 to earn Honorable Mention.

The Lobos earned 15 All-American honors through the past four days of the NCAA Championships. The First Team honorees are Elise Thorner (3000m steeplechase), Adva Cohen (3000m steeplechase) and Gracelyn Larkin (5000m). New Mexico earned four more Second Team awards, including Stefanie Parsons (1500m), Emma Heckel (10K), Rivaldo Leacock (400m hurdles) and Amelia Mazza Downie (twice- 10K and 5K). Six Lobos received Honorable Mention: Jovahn Williamson (twice- 400m dash and 4x400m relay), Abbe Goldstein (1500m), Leacock (4x400m relay), Jevon O’Bryant (4x400m relay), Victor Akhalu (4x400m relay) and Heckel (10K).

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