At this point in the men's mile, Lopez Lomong was still leading Ryan Hill, but it would be Hill who would finish under 4:00. Photo by Blake Wood.
If you missed Saturday's Cherry and Silver Invitational in the Albuquerque Convention Center, you missed a lot. Big-time track and field has landed squarely in the Land of Enchantment.
The good news, however, is that you'll have a few more opportunities at this--most notably the USA Indoor Championships in a little over two weeks and the NCAA DI Indoor Championships in March. If you live in New Mexico and aren't showing up for at least one of those events, you need to turn in your track and field fan card.
Until then, there's more indoor action hosted by UNM to be had. But, first, let's take a look at what happened on Saturday...
- UTEP's Janice Jackson won the 60 meter hurdles in a scalding 8.09.
- DeeDee Trotter won the 200 in 23.38, but not before getting some serious heat from USC's Tynia Gaither at 23.41
- Florida State's Georgia Peel and Colleen Quigley ran 4:44 miles to finish 1-2 in the women's mile.
- Not to be outdone, the men's mile featured Ryan Hill breaking four minutes at 5000 feet of altitude with a 3:59. Anthony Rotich, Kevin Batt, and Tabor Stevens all got NCAA converted times well under four minutes for their efforts
- Arizona's Nick Ross finished his day high jumping with a clearance of 7-7
- Ryan Crouser of Texas went an even 67 feet in the shot put
And there were many more highlights to be found--just exactly what you would have expected when you get Florida State, USC, Texas, Arizona, and Arkansas sending delegations to the same meet. The marks you see listed above just scratch the surface of the highlights.
This Saturday? Well, that would be the New Mexico Team Invitational. Stop by for more great collegiate action.