ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - After four weeks of solid all-around performances, the University of New Mexico track and field team readies for the most important weekend of the indoor season, if not the entire year. The Lobos host the Don Kirby Elite Invitational and its potent field this Friday and take a trip to Seattle for the Washington Husky Classic both Friday and Saturday.

The first month of competition had its share of strong and outstanding performances. At the year's first meet, the NAU Lumberjack Open, the Lobos notched 17 top-ten finishers. A week later at the Cherry & Silver Invitational, New Mexico recorded 23 top-ten finishes and a trio of titles. To end January, the Lobos posted its best performance, winning 46 top-ten finishes and 9 individual victories at the New Mexico Invitational and the Air Force Combined Events. Last weekend at the New Mexico Classic, UNM registered 19 top-ten finishes.
The Lobos also have been able to produce some nationally substantial marks. 11 different New Mexico athletes have marks in the top 100 nationally for their respective events, and 17 individual UNM athletes or teams have marks in the top three in the Mountain West for their respective events.

Currently, the Lobo women check in with a No. 7 ranking in the Women's Mountain Region Poll that was released by the U.S. Track and Field/Cross Country Coaches Association on Tuesday. The Lobo men are ranked 8th in the men's version of the same poll.

The Don Kirby Elite Invite starts Friday at 2:15 p.m. MT with the Men's Long Jump. Check throughout the meet for live results. Visit after the meet Friday for full recaps and photos and Saturday for the full recap of the Washington Husky Classic.