May 23, 2008
NEW ORLEANS - The University of New Mexico men's and women's teams both finished the 2008 regular season ranked among the top-40 in the USTFCCCA outdoor track and field rankings, which were released yesterday afternoon. Led by fifth-ranked javelin thrower Katie Coronado, the Lobo women climbed seven spots to No. 32. Second-ranked pole vaulter Robert Caldwell, meanwhile, helped the men check in at No. 36. New Mexico begins postseason competition next weekend (May 30-31) when it travels to Nebraska for the NCAA Midwest Region Championships.
The UNM women ranked only behind No. 24 TCU among Mountain West Conference teams. MWC champion Colorado State was 47th, while San Diego State was 60th. Wyoming (80th), BYU (81st), Utah (96th), Air Force (137th) and UNLV (168th) rounded out the rest of the Mountain West teams.
Coronado is one of three Lobo women listed among the top-10 in the individual event rankings. Sophomore Alesha Walker is No. 6 in the long jump, while junior Sandy Fortner is No. 8 in the heptathlon. Senior high jumper Tiyana Peters (23rd) and sophomore jumper Deanna Young also contributed to the Lobos' ranking. Young is ranked 24th in the triple jump and 35th in the long jump.
The New Mexico men, meanwhile, were the third MWC team to appear in the national rankings, just behind No. 26 TCU and No. 30 BYU. Colorado State (68th), Air Force (114th) and Wyoming (184th) rounded out the rest of the conference squads.
The Lobos have five men ranked among the top-25 on the individual event performance charts, including senior Jeremy Johnson who is No. 11 in the 10,000 meters and No. 25 in the 5,000. Junior transfer Lee Emanuel is the top ranked UNM athlete in a track event, checking in at No. 8 in the 1,500. Fellow junior Anthony Fairbanks is No. 16 in the javelin, while another junior transfer in Mat Ashton is 22nd in the 10,000.
The Texas A&M women and LSU men finished the regular season as the top-ranked Division I teams in the country.