• UNM star earns second national honor
    For the second time this season, University of New Mexico cross country athlete Ednah Kurgat was named the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) NCAA Division I Women’s Athlete of the Week. She also earned Mountain West Women’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week honors on Tuesday. Kurgat a sophomore from Eldoret, Kenya, by way of Liberty University, helped lead the now-second ranked New Mexico women to a win at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational Presented by Under Armour last Friday, winning her second individual title of the season. Just two weeks after capturing the individual title at the Joe Piane Notre Dame Invitational, Kurgat won the six-kilometer race at the Thomas Zimmer Championship Cross Country Course with a time of 19:23.2 The leader from virtually the start, Kurgat led at every intermediate split before running away from the competition over the final half of the race. Kurgat’s title also helped the UNM women to head-to-head wins over 15 other teams ranked in the USTFCCCA National Coaches’ poll, helping bolster the squad’s position for the NCAA Championships next month.
  • Lobos O-line named a top unit nationwide
    Twenty-one offensive lines were named to the Joe Moore Mid-Season Honor Roll by the Foundation for Teamwork, and The University of New Mexico's unit was one of the 21 that made the list, as was announced today in New York. Of the 21 units honored, 16 reside in the current AP Top 25, and combined the teams have a record of 100-19. The Lobo offensive line has been anchored by two seniors in Rimington candidate Blaise Fountain at center and Avery Jordan at left tackle. Junior Aaron Jenkins at right guard has, like Fountain and Jordan, started all five games. UNM's other two spots have seen shared duty. Charlie Grammel, Ray Baylor III and Chris Estrella have all started at left guard, and Izrael Castellanos and Teton Saltes have started at right tackle. UNM's offensive line has certainly improved as the season has wore on, with UNM's rushing yardage total going up in each of the last four games. The Lobos are currently 12th nationally in rushing yards per game, averaging 266.8 yards per game. The Lobos are the only team in the country to have finished in the top 10 in rushing in each of the last five seasons.
  • Fishing Report 10-13-17
    Bluewater Lake: Diego Artiaga, 6, of Albuquerque, caught a 38-inch, 15-pound, tiger muskie Oct. 8. It was his first cast and he was using a large spoon. Eagle Nest Lake: Tommy Ledoux, of Cimarron, caught a 44-inch, 24-pound northern pike Oct. 6. He was fishing from the bank and using a big lure. Elephant Butte Lake: Carlton Earley, Jr., of El Paso, caught the biggest smallmouth bass of his life Oct. 7. He was jigging for white bass with live bait near Rattlesnake Island. Fenton Lake: Patricia Scanlon, of Albuquerque, caught a 21-inch, 4-pound rainbow trout Oct. 9. She was using a homemade white mop and fishing from the bank. Navajo Lake: Brian Stangel, of Albuquerque, caught and released a 5.31-pound largemouth bass Oct. 6. He was using a Juice Custom Baits swim jig. Charlie Estep, of Colorado, caught and released a 4.44-pound smallmouth bass Oct. 7. He was using a Strike King KVD jerk bait. Seven Springs Brood Pond: Kashmir McCoy, 7, William McCoy, 9, and Lennon McCoy, 3, of El Paso, caught their limits of trout Oct. 3. Kashmir and Lennon were using PowerBait and Fire Balls while William was using a silver and white Aglia dressed Mepps spinner. Logan Cajete, 6, of Albuquerque, caught his first limit of trout including an 18-inch rainbow Oct. 6. He was using salmon eggs under a bobber and a brown Tasmanian Devil.  
  • Honors roll in before Olympics
    Former University of New Mexico cross country and track & field standout Courtney Frerichs claimed a pair of Mountain West awards on Wednesday as the conference named her Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year and Female Athlete of the Year. Frerichs, a native of Nixa, Missouri, had a stellar 2015-16 campaign in cross country and track & field for the Lobos, guiding the UNM women’s cross country team to its first national title last November before winning the NCAA title in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in record time in June. She also shined in the classroom, compiling a 4.16 GPA and MW Academic All-Conference and MW Scholar-Athlete honors as she pursued a master’s degree in community health organization. While at UNM, Frerichs ran to two national titles in one year, winning a team title and an individual title as a Lobo. She helped the UNM women’s cross country to its first national title in November, taking fourth place overall as the highest finisher in program history. After sitting out the indoor season, Frerichs continued to shine outdoors, twice running under 9:30 in the steeplechase before capping her collegiate career by setting the NCAA record at the NCAA Championships.
  • Cox, D’Avanzo named preseason All-MWC, Lobos picked 5th
    A pair of senior defensive leaders, linebacker Dakota Cox and defensive lineman Nik D’Avanzo, were named preseason All-Mountain West in a vote by members of the league’s media. It marked the fourth time in Bob Davie’s five seasons at the University of New Mexico that he has had a pair of players on the preseason list. However, it’s a little different as UNM has two defensive players selected for the first time since the 2010 season when Carmen Messina and Jonathan Rainey were both named to the team.  While both Cox and D’Avanzo are seniors, neither have redshirted in their careers. Only San Diego State has more players on the defensive side, with three. Cox is looking to become the first player in school history to lead the team in tackles in all four of his seasons.  Both Cox and D’Avanzo were named honorable mention All-MW last year in a vote of the league’s coaches.
  • Thomson throws shutout, UNM moves on in winner's bracket
    ALBUQUERQUE — The University of New Mexico baseball team (36-21) earned a victory in the first game of the Mountain West Conference Championship Thursday, defeating the Nevada Wolf Pack (34-23), 3-0. The Lobos received a career-best pitching performance from senior left-hander Colton Thomson (7-3), as he threw his first-ever complete game, a three-hit shutout over the Wolf Pack. He collected a career-high tying 11 strikeouts and walked one. His 122 total pitches thrown marked the most in his Lobo career.
  • Unruly group responsible for disturbance at Trump rally in Albuquerque
    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A day after a riot erupted outside a Donald Trump rally, Albuquerque officials blamed the downtown melee not on impassioned politics but on an unruly group intent on creating chaos in a city that has seen more than its share of violence. Some participants openly admitted that they set out to cause disruption. Many in the crowd were seen with gang tattoos and at one point chanted to Trump supporters that they controlled the streets. “I woke up all hung over and stuff,” said Chelsea Rae Gray, a 24-year-old musician. “And then I said, ‘Let’s see what kind of chaos we can get into.’” She said she came to the protest in her pajamas and stole some Trump T-shirts from vendors during the confusion. “Then I burned them,” she said. Cleanup crews spent Wednesday clearing away broken glass and charred debris in the largest city in the nation’s largest Hispanic state. The mayor and police were tallying up the damage that spread to several blocks near historic Route 66.
  • Fishing fair around NM
    Abiquiu Lake: Fishing was fair using crank baits, tubes, minnows, and bottom bouncer night crawler rigs for walleye. Fishing was fair to good using tubes, craws, jerk baits and crank baits for smallmouth bass. Fishing for brown trout was slow but there were a few caught by anglers trolling crank baits. Animas River: Water flow near Aztec on Monday morning was 2,720 cfs. Bluewater Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using PowerBait, worms under a bobber and salmon eggs for trout. Fishing was fair trolling jointed Rapalas for tiger musky. Fishing for catfish was slow. The surface water temp was in the high 50s. Chama River: Monday morning water flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 1,520 cfs and 1,170 cfs respectively. Trout fishing was slow. Eagle Nest Lake: Fishing was good using PowerBait, Panther Martin spinners, Arnie’s and Platte River specials for rainbow trout and kokanee. Fishing was fair using worms for perch. El Vado Lake: Fishing was slow for all species. Fenton Lake: Fishing through this past Saturday was rated as excellent but tapered off some on Sunday. Anglers did very well using black wooly buggers, olive Pistol Petes, Kastmasters, small Tennessee shad crank baits, PowerBait, worms and salmon eggs for trout.
  • UNM track heads to regionals
    After battling for postseason bids since early April, a handful of Lobos are just one meet away from the NCAA Championships. The University of New Mexico track and field team is aiming for the national championships as it sends 20 individuals and a relay team to the 2016 NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field West Preliminary Championships competition this week. The Lobos are searching for top-12 finishes in their respective events during the three-day meet at Rock Chalk Park in Lawrence, Kansas, which would advance a competitor to next month’s NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore. “The goal is to put yourself in a position to where you can qualify on to Eugene,” New Mexico head coach Joe Franklin said. “It’s not about winning the event, it’s about being in the top 12 and making sure you have a chance.” The Lobos heading to Kansas are some of the best, with many from this year’s group are making a repeat appearance. Out of the 11 women, nine men and the men’s relay team (a total of 22 athletes), 12 Lobos are back at the regionals, with a few eyeing another bid to the finals of the NCAA Championships. For the 16th-ranked women’s team, six Lobos head into the meet with top-10 seeds, including four top-two seeds in the distance events.
  • UNM baseball gets first-round bye in MW tournament
    The Lobos scored in each of the first four innings and UNM jumped out to an 11-0 lead on the way to a convincing 11-2 victory over Air Force Saturday, giving UNM the No. 2 seed in the upcoming Mountain West Tournament, hosted by New Mexico May 25-29 at Santa Ana Star Field. The win was great for UNM in that the Lobos got a great starting pitching performance from Carson Schneider, who bounced out of a small slump with six solid innings, allowing two runs and just five hits, striking out two. It wasn’t so great in the ninth inning when Jared Holley, trying to beat out a double play, hurt his right leg in an injury that looked completely different from his quad injury earlier in the season. Holley had to be carried off the field by both trainers. UNM got on the board in the first inning when Carl Stajduhar turned on a pitch and hammered it over the fence in left for a long solo home run. After getting a second run in the second inning on a double play grounder, the Lobos scored three times in the third and the fourth. In the third, with two on, Jack Zoellner obliterated a Nick Biancalana fastball for a three-run home run that nearly made it to the football practice field beyond the right field fence. In the fourth, Luis Gonzalez doubled home a pair of runs and then scored on a Staduhar ground out.