Ke­lati sets UNM mark at Mill­rose Games


While the Univer­sity of New Mex­ico closed out its in­door reg­u­lar sea­son with the Don Kirby Col­le­giate Elite In­vi­ta­tional on Satur­day at the Al­bu­querque Con­ven­tion Cen­ter, a Lobo was mak­ing his­tory in New York.

Soph­more Weini Ke­lati, run­ning in the pres­ti­gious Mill­rose Games and don­ning the fa­mil­iar turquoise jer­sey, fin­ished in sixth place in the women’s 3,000 me­ters, set­ting a school record in the event in 8:53.98. The mark was pre­vi­ously held by Ke­lati’s team­mate Ed­nah Kur­gat (8:57.47).

Ke­lati got caught up in a fall early in the race and had to rally from ninth place. Even­tu­ally she was fourth at 1,600 me­ters and held that po­si­tion for an­other 400. It’s a top-10 time in the NCAAs this year.

Back in Al­bu­querque, Michael Wil­son and Kris­tian Hansen went 1-2 in the 800-me­ter run with their times of 1:49.94 (1:49.33 con­verted) and 1:50.15 (1:49.54 con­verted), re­spec­tively to high­light Lobo ef­forts Satur­day at the Don Kirby.

Wil­son’s win was the lone Lobo vic­tory on the day among a stacked field, with ath­letes from Ore­gon, UCLA, Stan­ford, Ore­gon State, Utah and Wash­ing­ton State from the Pac-12, Colorado State, UNLV, Utah State, Fresno State, and San Diego State from the Moun­tain West, and New Mex­ico State, Eastern New Mex­ico among oth­ers.

Lari­mar Rodriguez rep­re­sented the Lobo women with a top-three fin­ish of 2:14.62 (2:13.87 con­verted) in her first 800 this year. Be­hind her in sixth was St­effi Jones, who crossed the line at 2:15.20 (2:14.45 con­verted), re­sult­ing in a sea­son best for the sopho­more.

Jonny Glen con­tin­ued the suc­cess on the track for the Lo­bos with a run­ner-up re­sult in the mile, run­ning a per­sonal-best 4:05.80 con­verted time (4:11.27). His pre­vi­ous best was a 4:11.15 that he ran at the UNM Team In­vi­ta­tional ear­lier this sea­son, an im­prove­ment of 5.35 sec­onds.

On the women’s side, MacKen­zie Everett pro­duced a top-10 re­sult with a sea­son-best 5:07.94 (con­verted) in the mile, plac­ing her 10th over­all.

In the triple jump, Ai­dan Quinn con­tin­ued to in­crease his sea­son-best mark with a 49-5.50 that he achieved on his third jump. The fresh­man fin­ished tied for fifth in the event while im­prov­ing his mark by 2.5 inches from last Satur­day.

Ju­nior Cathilee Mullings set a per­sonal best in the women’s triple jump with a 40-6 to fin­ish ninth.

New Mex­ico State’s top per­for­mance Satur­day came from its women’s 4x400 squad. Camira Haughton, As­jahWal­lace, Brooke Wal­lace and Lanie Whelp­ley placed fourth when the team clocked in at 3:41.61, sec­ond fastest in NMSU his­tory.

Like­wise, Eastern New Mex­ico’s 4x400 team of Kandice Miles, Da­nee Bustos, Kiana Cov­ing­ton and Mai­jah Mathis shat­tered the school mark, fin­ish­ing at 3:56.15 and 17th in the 19-team field.

At Texas Tech, El­do­rado grad­u­ate Cris­sey Am­berg had sec­ond-place fin­ishes in the 3,000 (10:22.06) and mile (4:56.84).

The Lo­bos re­turn to the Al­bu­querque Con­ven­tion Cen­ter on Feb. 21 for the MWC in­door cham­pi­onships. The Ag­gies prep for the WAC meet at Boise, Idaho on Feb. 22-23.

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