Sports Desk: Vance Jackson decides he will return to New Mexico

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On Friday’s Sports Desk, Vance Jackson decides he will return to the University of New Mexico for his junior season of basketball. Jackson declared for the NBA Draft after the season ended. After going through the process, he decided to return to college. Jackson said he went through the NBA process for personal growth as an athlete and as a man.

UNM men’s basketball head coach Paul Weir is now Dr. Weir. The Lobo leader finished his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership at New Mexico State. 

The NFL Draft continues. New Mexico State Linebacker Terrill Hanks expects to hear his name called before the weekend is over. In the meantime, he is staying ready. “All I’ve been doing, honestly right now, is just staying in football shape, a lot of cardio, a lot of agility, foot placement workouts so when I get into camp I can look my best,” said Hanks. 

Lobos football coach Bob Davie is holding the team’s final scrimmage and keeping an eye on the draft. Davie believes some of his former players will get an opportunity even if they are not drafted. “We have been in contact with all of them, people have been in contact with us,” said Davie. “You know, we have our fingers crossed just like all of you guys do because I do think we have some good guys there. If they don’t get drafted, I still think they are going to have some opportunities to maybe further their careers and live out the dream.”

The Richard Harper Memorial Invitational Track and Field Meet started Friday with the boys and girls 3200-meter run as a final. Jane Archibeck of host Albuquerque Academy won the girls race with a time of 11:12.48.

Cleveland’s Yonas Haile won the boys race with a time of 9:46.48. He decided to make his move on the final lap. “So you know I just waited until the leader slowed down a little bit, fell off,” said Haile. “Not really fell off the pace, but he just slowed down off pace. Right then I just took the lead, decided to go take it and try to make a big gap between me and the next guy.”

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