April 10, 2008
Complete\ Women\'s\ Rankings
NEW ORLEANS - The University of New Mexico women's track and field team debuted at No. 24 in the first U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association's (USTFCCCA) Division I Outdoor Track and Field Rankings of 2008. New Mexico boasts five athletes ranked among the top-10 in the nation in their respective events, led by fifth-ranked javelin thrower, junior Katie Coronado.
The Lobos have a pair of top-10 long jumpers in sophomores Alesha Walker (7th) and Deanna Young (9th), along with the nation's No. 8 high jumper, senior Tiyana Peters, and eighth-ranked heptathlete, junior Sandy Fortner. Senior Kara Henry checks in at No. 27 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, while Young is also ranked 28th in the triple jump.
Senior standout Ariel Burr - a 2007 NCAA Outdoor Championships qualifier in the 400 - has not yet factored into the rankings system. Burr is slated to run her first 400 of the spring on Saturday at Arizona State.
The New Mexico men, meanwhile, checked in at No. 62 in the opening rankings with three men in the national top-20 in pole vaulter Robert Caldwell (8th), javelin thrower Anthony Fairbanks (12th), and 10,000 runner Mat Ashton (18th).
The Lobo men are expected to get a big boost this weekend when senior Jarrin Solomon, the defending Mountain West Conference champion and 2007 NCAA 400 qualifier, runs his first 400 of the year at ASU. Senior All-American Jeremy Johnson will have a significant impact as well on the Lobos' national standings when he makes his debut in the 10,000 next month. Johnson was also an NCAA qualifier in the 5,000 last year.
The 2008 USTFCCCA Division I Rankings are released on Wednesdays during the outdoor season. The rankings are compiled by Tom Lewis, assistant sports information director at Missouri. The 2008 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships will be held June 11-14th, 2008 in Des Moines, Iowa.