April 25, 2008
FORT COLLINS, Colo. - University of New Mexico junior Sandy Fortner recorded a career-best of 122' 1" (37.21m) in the javelin en route to a third place finish in the heptahlon this afternoon at Colorado State's Glenn Morris Multi-Event competition. Fortner surpassed the NCAA provisional qualifying standard for the second time this spring with a score of 5,291 - just 14 points out second and 148 behind Mountain West Conference leader Emily Pearson of CSU.
Fortner, who was third entering the second day of competition, opened with a jump of 18' 7" (5.66m) in the long jump (second) and trailed only Pearson in the javelin. She finished the day with an altitude-adjusted time of 2:27.90 in the 800 meters (fourth).
The Fort Sumner, N.M. product remained second in the 2008 MWC heptathlon rankings with a top score of 5,343. Colorado State senior All-American Katie Lloyd became the third woman in the conference to surpass 5,300 points in the heptathlon with a score of 5,305 today.
New Mexico continues another full weekend of track and field action tonight when senior All-American Jeremy Johnson runs his first long distance race of the year at the Oregon Relays. Johnson will toe the line for the invitational 5,000-meter run tonight at historic Hayward Field in Eugene. Live results are available at www.GoDucks.com.
The rest of the Lobos will be in action on Saturday at California's Brutus Hamilton Invitational. Live results from that meet will be available at www.CalBears.com.