Feb. 14, 2009
Watch Solomon Rally To Win The ISU Classic 400
UPDATE -- After four outstanding weeks at home in the Albuquerque Convention Center the University of New Mexico was sensational in its first major road meets of the 2009 season today at Washington's Husky Classic and Iowa State's ISU Classic. Eight Lobos recorded NCAA provisional qualifying times and two more records fell on a remarkable day of competition.
Junior transfer Rory Fraser led the way in Seattle and likely secured his place in the NCAA Indoor Championship field with a time of 13:49.57 (sixth in section 4) in his first 5,000-meter race of the winter. Fraser was just three seconds shy of the NCAA automatic qualifying time and four seconds off All-American Matt Gonzales' 2005 school record in the event.
Fraser's was one of a string of fine 5K performances for the Lobos at the Dempsey Indoor Facility. Senior Matt Ashton clocked an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 14:06.61 (20th, section 4), while junior transfer Jacob Kirwa was also under the provisional standard with a time of 14:07.44. Sophomore Brock Hagerman was just 18 seconds off the provisional time, crossing the line in 14:27.32.
Earlier in the day, junior transfer David Bishop just missed becoming the second Lobo in as many weeks to clock a sub 4-minute mile as he crossed the line in an NCAA provisional qualifying 4:00.38 to win his heat.
Senior teammate Lee Emanuel, who clocked a school record 3:57.91 mile the previous week, ran a remarkable 7:56.35 in his first collegiate 3,000 race. The time broke Fraser's school record by over seven seconds and was just two seconds off the NCAA automatic qualifying time.
Meanwhile, on the women's side, senior Michelle Corrigan smashed her own UNM record and provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championships in the 5K (ninth) with a time of 16:34.58 - 30 seconds under her previous best. Junior teammate Nicky Archer missed the provisional standard by a mere 0.75 seconds with a time of 16:45.75 in her first collegiate 5,000.
The distance runners weren't the only ones turning heads on Saturday. Senior Jarrin Solomon's performance in Ames, Iowa served notice to the nation that he is a legitimate contender for the NCAA 400-meter crown. Solomon won the seeded race with a time of 46.85 to move to 3-0 in the event this season.
The Albuquerque La Cueva product defeated a loaded field that included two-time All-American, Big 10 champion and 2008 Olympian Gakologelwang Masheto (Illinois), 2008 Olympian and relay All-American Jose Acevedo (Kentucky), All-American Bobby McCoy (Arizona), and 2008 indoor/outdoor high school national champion JaVell Bullard (George Mason). It was Solomon's second head-to-head victory over McCoy this season.
Senior teammate Ariel Burr was the top collegian in the women's seeded 400 as she crossed the line second with a time of 54.54, trailing only 2008 Olympian Kou Luogon (53.81).
Junior Deanna Young picked up another victory for the Lobos in Iowa with an NCAA provisional qualifying leap of 42' (12.91m) in the triple jump.