Lee adjusts to college track

By Jesse Wolfersberger: Freedom Newspapers

University of New Mexico sophomore and House High School alum Haily Lee said if she hits a hurdle in a race, she has a thought that goes through her head to make sure she finishes strong.

“I try to dig, literally dig, into the track to try not to hit any of the other ones,” Lee said.

In her second season at UNM, Lee has grown into one of the team’s best hurdlers. She is the Lobos’ top 400-meter hurdles competitor and second best in the 100-meter hurdles.

“She’s doing a great job,” UNM coach Mark Henry said. “She’s a positive person, and she works her rump off for us.”

This season, Lee has become a familiar face in the top 10 in the hurdling events at almost every meet. Her season bests came at the UTEP Invitational earlier this month when she ran 15.88 seconds in the 100-meter hurdles and 66.38 in the 400-meter hurdles.

Lee said she is still adjusting from the difference of running at a Class 1A high school like House to competing at a Division 1 college.

“It’s very different,” Lee said. “Competing in small meets with small schools in high school to competing against people who are going pro is a big jump.”