Slack leads NCAA II in 2 events

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ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico Highlands University junior Salcia Slack, who is already tops in the nation in the pentathlon, took over the NCAA Division II lead in the triple jump while senior Cici Cordova narrowly missed qualification in the pole vault to lead the Cowgirls in the final day of the 2014 New Mexico Collegiate Classic this past Saturday in Albuquerque.

 “We showed some real heart today and I was very proud of their effort,” head coach Bob DeVries said. “We found some things out about this team heading into conference. They want to compete and fight and push themselves.”

Slack became the third player in the nation to automatically qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships in the triple jump with a leap of 41-5.25 (12.63 meters), more than 0.75 meters better than the qualification mark of 12.28 meters.

She also leads the nation in the pentathlon and is fourth in the long jump.

In a pole vault field filled with NCAA Division I athletes, Cordova took 10th, clearing the bar at 11-6.5 (3.52 meters), just 0.03 meters short of provisional qualification.

In the other field event on the day, senior Elizabeth Robertson took 10th in the shot put with a toss of 40’-7.75” (12.39 meters).

On the track, the 1,600-meter relay team finished 10th with a time of 4:03.18.

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At Las Vegas’ Brandt Park, the Cowboys banged out 19 hits — eight for extra bases — and 18 runs while taking advantage of five Chap errors as New Mexico Highlands (2-1) won 18-6 and took the rubber game of the series against Lubbock Christian (3-3) on Monday afternoon.