March 27, 2008
UPCOMINGThe New Mexico track and field team will travel down south to El Paso, Texas for the UTEP Springtime Invitational on Saturday. The Lobos will look to add their growing number of NCAA regional qualifiers in their annual trip to historic Kidd Field. The first field event is scheduled for 10 a.m. with the first event on the oval set for 3 p.m.
EL PASO WEATHER REPORT
The forecast calls for sunny skies and temperatures in the low 80s. The wind will be blowing out of the southwest but should not exceed 15 mph with little or no chance of any moisture. It should be a great day overall for track and field.
UNM HEAD COACH Joe Franklin's WEEKLY ADDRESSThis week we will look to improve and get ready for the Texas Relays. This weekend we will see teams like Texas Tech who is constantly on the national stage and of course the host UTEP. UTEP doesn't have a lot of depth but they have incredible athletes that perform well. Sprinters, throwers and jumpers should all have a good meet. We are trying to get two or three more regional qualifiers with the goal of 14 by the time the regular season is over.
We will be resting Robert Caldwell, Katie Coronado, Anthony Fairbanks and Tiyana Peters. They will need a chance to rest to not be run down being that outdoor season is so long. Jarrin Solomon will also stay home because he is sick. Opening up this weekend will be Deanna Young and Alesha Walker. Neither will competing in the normal events. Deanna will be long jumping and Alesha will be running the 100 meters. Ariel Burr will be running the 200m in preparation for the Sun Angel Classic (April 11-12) where she will run the 400 meters.
FAIRBANKS NAMED MWC ATHLETE OF THE WEEKUniversity of New Mexico junior Anthony Fairbanks has been named Mountain West Conference Men's Outdoor Track and Field Athlete of the Week the conference office announced this afternoon. Fairbanks earned his second career Athlete of the Week award after shattering the MWC record in the javelin with a throw of 224' 11" (68.55m) on March 22 in Tempe, Ariz. Fairbanks broke the MWC all-time record by 2 1/2 feet en route to a second place finish last weekend at Arizona State's Baldy Castillo Invitational. The Albuquerque Highland product improved on his previous best in the event by over seven feet and missed New Mexico's 17-year-old school record by five inches.
The mark, which is a league-best by 17 feet this season, currently ranks fourth in the nation, according to TrackShark.com, and automatically qualifies Fairbanks for the NCAA Regional Championships for a third consecutive season.
LAST TIME OUTThe University of New Mexico track and field team got off to a great start in its 2008 outdoor season opener as four Lobos qualified for the NCAA Regional Championship on March 21 at Arizona State's Baldy Castillo Invitational. Pole vaulter Robert Caldwell, high jumper Tiyana Peters and javelin throwers Anthony Fairbanks and Katie Coronado all qualified for the West Regional Championships, which will be held at ASU's Sun Angel Stadium in late May. Senior transfer Kara Henry breaking teammate Stasia Ploskonka's 2006 school record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a winning time of 11:13.06.