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The UNM Indoor classic will see some of the best "trackletes" in the Southwest and California -- Sprints could produce blazing times at 5,000 ft elevation

by Salomon Gonzales

Nearly 500 athletes will be jammed into the Albuquerque Convention Center for the 2nd annual UNM Indoor Classic. Last year the event saw a little over 80 participants so this year's growth is a welcomed sight to the New Mexico Track and Field community and the University of New Mexico coaching staff.

The UNM Indoor classic will see some of the best "trackletes" in the southwest and California, and some notible elites. The elite athletes will participate in four track events (Women's 60m Dash, 60m Hurdles, 400m Dash and Men's 60m Hurdles) and two Field Events (Women's Pole Vault and Men's Long Jump.) All of the Invitational Elite Events will be held Friday Evenening.

The running events are stacked with entries from four different states. Eight running events have over 30 entries. The sprint could produce some blazing time since Albuquerque sits at over 5,000 feet elevation. California sprinter Jasmine Joseph could set the standard for the girls. The elevations could be a hindrance to some of the distance runners traveling to New Mexico. Runners from 4 Nike Team National teams will be participating in the distance events. They include: Joshua Frank and Laine Parrish from Cheyenne Central, Wyoming; Rachel Velarde from Eldorado High School; and Gareth Gilna and Nathan Romero from Los Alamos High School. The Distance events will also include Fawad Khan of Palos Verdes who has run 4:13.66 for the 1600.

The star of the field events may be Cibola High School Junior Daniel Gooris. The pole-vaulter has already cleared 16-0 at the Nevada Pole-Vault Summit and will be looking to put on a show for the hometown fans on Saturday.


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