2016 LOBO YEAR IN REVIEW
Thank you for your gift to the Lobo Club. You are part of a growing community who understands the importance of academic development and athletic development of UNM students. Your gift has gone directly to student-athlete scholarships and we want to share the successes they have had because of you in this 2016 Year In Review.
FOOTBALL WINS BOWL GAME
After posting an 8-4 regular-season record that included a five-game winning streak, the New Mexico football team won the Gildan New Mexico Bowl taking on the UTSA Roadrunners on December 17th. The Lobos also tied for the Mountain Division title in the NW, the team's first since 1997.
WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY NOTCHED NINTH STRAIGHT MW CROWN
New Mexico women's cross country team stormed to its ninth straight Mountain West title on October 28, winning the 2016 MW Championships behind a pair of top-two finishes by All-Americans Alice Wright and Calli Thackery. With their title, the Lobos broke a tie with Former MW BYU for the conference record for most team titles.
BASEBALL CAPTURES MOUNTAIN WEST TITLE
New Mexico baseball won the Mountain West Tournament in Albuquerque on May 28 at Santa Ana Star Field, advancing to the NCAA Championships for the sixth time in program history and the fifth since 2010. The Lobos captured their seventh MW title ever and the sixth since 2011 via their 14-4 victory over Nevada.
BASKETBALL CELEBRATES 50th ANNIVERSARY
On 11/30, the Lobos celebrated the 50th anniversary of WisePies Arena – The Pit, by playing their first-ever opponent in The Pit, Abilene Christian. The Lobos came out on top in that game by a score of 64-55.
COURTNEY FRERICHS SETS NCAA RECORD, WINS NCAA TITLE
Courtney Frerichs, a senior for New Mexico track and field, broke the NCAA record in the 3000-meter steeplechase on June 11 at the 2016 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, as she ran a time of 9:24.41 to set the collegiate record and win the women's program's first individual title in track and field. She also represented the US at the 2016 Summer Olympics.
LOBOS REPRESENT AT 2016 RIO DE JANEIRO OLYMPICS
New Mexico Athletics was well-represented at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, as 10 former Lobos were involved. Eight UNM Alumni, one head coach and one former assistant coach competed against the world's best on the biggest international stage.
MEN'S SOCCER WINS C-USA TOURNEY, MAKES NCAAs
Behind a deep roster headlined by seniors Niko Hansen and Chris Wehan, the New Mexico men's soccer team captured the Conference USA Tournament title and qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the first time since making the College Cup in 2013. The Lobos beat Portland in PKs in the opening round of the NCAAs before bowing out vs. Washington.
MEN'S AND WOMEN'S GOLF BOTH MAKE NCAA REGIONALS
The New Mexico men's golf team and women's golf team both advanced to the NCAA Regionals in May, with the Lobo men hosting the men's regional in Albuquerque and the women traveling to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, for the women's regional. It was the 46th trip to the NCAAs for the men, and the 22nd postseason appearance in the last 24 years for the women.
BEACH VOLLEYBALL SHINES IN SECOND SEASON
In just the program's second season of play, the New Mexico beach volleyball team made incredible improvements in 2016. Powered by a balanced lineup, the Lobos won 13 times in a span of 14 games, moving all the way to No. 12 in the DiG Magazine Poll. UNM finished its second year in the sand with a 17-9 record, ranked 18th in the entire nation.
3 LOBO SKIERS EARN ALL-AMERICAN HONORS TO POWER UNM
At the 2016 NCAA Championships in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, the New Mexico Skiing program registered another superb performance, as the Lobos scored registered three All-America honors. Kati Roivas, Emilie Cedervarn and Eva Sever Rus all claimed All-American honor for the women, while Rob Greig earned recognition on the men's side.
LOBOS EXCEL ACADEMICALLY, SET GPA RECORD
For the second straight semester, the University of New Mexico's student-athletes shined in the classroom, setting a new record with a 3.31 grade point average for the Spring 2016 semester. It's the second straight semester the Lobos set a new GPA record. Additionally, New Mexico racked up the CoSIDA Academic All-America honors, earning seven during 2016.
Sports nourish and enrich our lives. Without your support, many UNM student-athletes would not be able to play their sport and achieve their academic dreams. Many thanks for your contribution and we look forward to being able to share the program's successes with you next year.
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