One day in, one athlete to nationals.
University of New Mexico track and field athlete Alice Wright punched her ticket to the NCAA Championships Thursday as she placed second in the 10,000-meter run at the 2015 NCAA West Preliminary competition.
Wright, who will move on to next month’s NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore., was just one UNM athlete to enjoy success Thursday, as four other Lobos advanced to the next round at the West Preliminaries.
Peter Callahan, Tamara Armoush, Sophie Connor and Alex Herring all moved on to the quarterfinal round of their respective events, which will be held over the next two days at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin.
But Wright was the headliner of the opening day of the meet, as she became the first Lobo in three years to make the national finals in the 10,000.
After sitting back in the front a largely compacted group through 10 laps, Wright took control of the latter half of the 25-lap race. She led for a number of the final laps, conceding first place on the home straight of the bell lap to Air Force's Hannah Everson.
However, her time of 34 minutes, 25.04 seconds was good for second place in the event and easily secured the requisite top-12 finish needed to advance to the NCAA finals.