Hounds earn first regional track ranking

CNJ staff

PORTALES — The Eastern New Mexico University men’s track team is ranked this week for the first time in the program’s history in the U.S. Track & FIeld and Cross County Association’s NCAA Division II regional poll.

The Greyhounds were ranked ninth in the South Central Region. They were one of five Lone Star Conference teams to be in the region’s top 10.

Leading the way has been senior Daniel Draper of Moriarty, who is seventh in Division II in javelin after a school-record throw of 211-7 earlier this month at the Texas Tech Open. Junior Bill Squire of Hagerman also qualified provisionally for the NCAA Division II championships, throwing 188 feet in hammer and 53-5 3/4 in shot put to rank him 15th and 20th, respectively, in those events.

ENMU competed in the Sun Angel Classic, hosted by Arizona State last weekend at Tempe, and got season-best showings from freshman Jacob Espinoza in the 400 steeplechase and sophomore Pedro Martinez in the 3,000 steeplechase. Espinoza finished sixth in the 400 in 48.80 seconds, while Martinez was 11th in the steeplechase with a time of 9:30.80.

Meantime, Squire had another throw of 188-0 in hammer to place 10th in the meet.

For the ENMU women, junior Kassie Daugherty was 20th in discus at 135-5 and Reed finished 15th in the 3,000 steeplechase in 11.46.09.

ENMU canceled out of a meet hosted by Angelo State this weekend. The Greyhounds and Zias return to action on Friday in West Texas A&M’s Last Chance Meet at Canyon, their final tune-up prior to the Lone Star Conference meet May 6-8 at Stephenville, Texas.