Three days in Austin, four Lobos to Eugene.
Three University of New Mexico track and field athletes qualified to the NCAA Championships Saturday as the Lobos finished with four total qualifiers at the 2015 NCAA West Preliminary competition this weekend.
Peter Callahan, Logan Pflibsen and Calli Thackery all punched their tickets to next month’s NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore., on Saturday, joining Alice Wright, who qualified Thursday.
It’s the ninth-straight year New Mexico has qualified at least four athletes to the NCAA Championships.
Pflibsen opened the third day of the three-day meet with a personal-record performance in the men’s pole vault.
The senior out of Streator, Ill., cleared 17 feet, 6 1/2 inches to place fifth overall out of the 48 competitors and secure his bid to nationals. The top 12 finishers in each event qualify to the NCAA finals.
For Pflibsen, his new lifetime best ranks fourth in New Mexico history and makes him the first Lobo to make the NCAA finals in the pole vault since Robert Caldwell in 2008.
Only three athletes — Pflibsen, Caldwell and Derek Mackel — have made the event in the last 24 years. Joe Powdrell (1967) and Simon Arkell (1987, 1989, 1990, 1991) are the only other UNM athletes to accomplish the feat.