April 7, 2007
AUSTIN, Texas - University of New Mexico sophomore Katie Coronado finished third in the section A javelin competition this afternoon to cap the Lobos' performance at the 80th Texas Relays. In a field loaded with All-Americans and conference champions, Coronado more than held her own with a top throw of 158' (48.15m). On Friday night, javelin teammate Anthony Fairbanks finished eighth in the men's section B competition with a mark of 204' 4" (62.28m).
The lone New Mexico athlete in action on Saturday, Coronado represented her home state well as she surpassed the NCAA regional qualifying standard for the third time this year. The former Ruidoso High School standout has thrown over 155' in all three meets this year after doing so just twice in 2006.
Coronado finished four inches ahead of Georgia All-American Sigrun Fjeldsted, over four feet ahead of Western Athletic Conference champion Inger Appanaitis of Nevada and defeated three-time Georgia All-American Krista Woodward by more than eight feet. She was also the lone underclassman and the only American to finish among the top-6 in the elite field. UTEP senior All-American Erma Gene Evans won the event with a throw of 166' 10" (50.85).
Both Coronado and Fairbanks have already qualified for the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships, May 25-26 in Des Moines, Iowa, and own the top javelin marks in the Mountain West Conference.