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Making the Rounds: 5/23/10

New Mexico -

The Pit has been under rennovation since last year and the arena is starting to take shape:

The $60 million arena renovation will include:

  • 60,000 square feet of new space
  • Doubling the concessions point of sale
  • Doubling total number of restrooms
  • Expanding concourse to enhance pedestrian traffic flow
  • Extensive glasswork as well as increased ceiling height will allow patrons to take advantage of views including the Sandia Mountains and Downtown Albuquerque
  • New state-of-the-art locker room facilities for both the men's and women's basketball teams
  • Addition of new weight room and training room dedicated to men's and women's basketball
  • Addition of Lettermen's Lounge to provide access to Alumni Lettermen from all UNM sports
  • Increased technology to enhance the fan experience including video boards, ribbon boards and digital signage throughout the arena
  • Extensive signage and graphics package to highlight the history of Lobo Athletics
  • Addition of 38 suites and 244 club seats
  • New commissary to support improved concessions as well as club and suites
  • The Lobo Store will be expanded to 2500 sq. ft. nearly doubling the current size
  • Ticket office will be expanded and re-located
  • The building will feature a distinct architectural look that will be the envy of basketball arenas nationally

  • Utah -

    Utah's C.J. Cron has been named as a semifinalist for the Dick Howser trophy:

    Cron leads the nation in RBI per game (1.59) and is eighth in home runs per game (0.39). He ranks second in the MWC with a .426 batting average. He leads the MWC in slugging percentage (.795), home runs (17) and runs batted in (70). His career accomplishments include being the only player in the country last season to have three hits in a game off 2009 MLB No. 1 draft pick Stephen Strasburg.

    Air Force -

    Falcons golfer Tom Whitney finished his career at the NCAA Regionals on May 22nd:

    A finalist for the Byron Nelson Award, Whitney was a two-time All-Mountain West Conference selection and two-time qualifier to the NCAA Regionals. He also holds numerous school records, including lowest tournament scores for 18 holes (64), 36 holes (133) and 54 holes (200), as well as lowest season stroke average (71.7, during the 2009-10 season).

    UNLV -

    The UNLV golf team barely advanced to the NCAA Championship, tying for third with Cal and Tennessee:

    The No. 12 UNLV men's golf team finished in a third-place tie on Saturday and advanced to the NCAA Championship finals for the first time in four years. The Rebels shot a final-round 10-over-par 298 and finished the NCAA San Diego Regional, which was played at Carlton Oaks Golf Club (par 72, 7,360 yards), at 22-over 886.

    Colorado State -

    The Rams men's golf team barely missed the cut, by 4 strokes:

    "Both Dustin and Bryce had great tournaments," said Head Coach Jamie Bermel. "But we just didn’t get enough from the other two scores. I’m very disappointed that we didn’t make it through to the next round. We only missed by four strokes."

    TCU -

    Along with UNLV, the Frogs men's golf team made it to the NCAA Championships:

    TCU concluded Saturday’s final round in the same position that it opened the day, finishing the tournament with a six-under-par 858. No. 10 Texas Tech claimed the regional title while finishing the weekend at -13, while No. 3 Texas A&M finished runner-up at -12.

    San Diego State -

    The Men's golf team finished 8th in the NCAA Regionals:

    "It was a disappointing week, really. I think that first round put us back a little bit and we just could never bounce back on such a great and tough golf course. We didn't stick to our game plan, which was the most frustrating thing about the week. We had a plan this week and for some reason, we didn't execute. (It's) back to the drawing board on Monday. Luckily, everyone's coming back (next year), so we have to take the positives."

    Wyoming -

    Wyoming sent individual Gabe Meier to the NCAA Regionals, and he finished the season this year with a good round:

    "Gabe played well today and I am proud of him for competing the way he did this weekend," UW Director of Golf Joe Jensen said. "Gabe has become a very good player, which is showcased by a top-25 finish at an event like this. He is now at a level where he can compete to be near the top of every tournament he plays if he capitalizes on opportunities. He is really looking forward to playing this summer and gearing up for his senior year .

    BYU -

    For the first time in Cougar history, the women's softball team is going to the NCAA Super Regionals in which they will try to win the NCAA Championship:

    Ten years in the making, BYU advanced to its first-ever NCAA Super Regional in school history, romping East Carolina 8-3 in the championship game of the NCAA Austin Regional at McCombs Field on Saturday.

    Although the BYU golf team didn't advance as a whole, their best golfer did. Robbie Fillmore is advancing to the NCAA Championships after finishing third in his regional:

    "It was a disappointing day," said BYU head coach Bruce Brockbank. "We played well at times, but we just couldn’t finish it off and fell short. It was a bitter way to finish the year, but I’m really proud of the guys for the effort they made. I’m also excited for Robbie. He played great this week and deserves to advance."

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