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UNM claims fourth All-American

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By The Staff

Four days, four athletes, four All-Americans.
Four Lobo track and field athletes secured All-American honors for the University of New Mexico to close out the final day of competition at the 2015 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
Calli Thackery’s showing in the women’s 5,000-meter run Saturday capped off the streak of All-American performances for New Mexico, as she followed Logan Pflibsen (pole vault), Alice Wright (10,000) and Peter Callahan (1,500) in earning All-American status on successive days of the championships.
It’s the first time in program history that New Mexico has qualified at least four athletes to the NCAA Championships and that every athlete earned All-American honors.
New Mexico also fared well in the team scores, as the men finished 36th with 7.5 team points and the women tied for 48th with four points.
For the men, it’s just their third top-40 finish in last decade, while it’s the best finish for the women since 2008.
Thackery finished off the parade of All-Americans with a superb showing in the women’s 5,000 on Saturday.
After taking the race out at a relatively steady pace, the Yorkshire, England, native held on as the field of 24 runners began to disperse. Around 3,000 meters into the race, seven runners, including Thackery, had broken off in the lead.
She finished sixth overall in 15 minutes, 47.15 seconds.
In the team scores, the Oregon women won with 59 points. Kentucky placed second with 50 points, and Texas A&M claimed third with 47 points.
On the men’s side, host Oregon won its second-straight team title with 85 points. Florida placed second (56 points), while Arkansas was third (53).