Kirwa Captures Gold In 10K
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  05/14/2010
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

May 14, 2010

After day three of the Mountain West Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships at the Great Friends of New Mexico Track Stadium the University of New Mexico men are in 3rd place with 47 points and the women are in 3rd place with 44.5 points. Solid performances from Jacob Kirwa, Deanna Young, Ruth Senior, Lacey Oeding and Ty Kirk helped the Lobos remain in the top three in the team rankings. Lee Emanuel and Lamaar Thomas both qualified for the finals tomorrow in their respective events.

In his first 10,000-meters of the season senior Jacob Kirwa took the gold with a time of 31:42.53. Kirwa was neck-in-neck with Jonathan Kotter of BYU almost the entire race. In the last 300 meters of the last lap Kirwa lept out ahead of Kotter to capture the win by almost three seconds. With the win Kirwa earned 10 points for the men's team. Sophomore Allen Pittman finished 6th with a time of 33:00.04 and junior Brock Hagerman finished in 7th with a time of 33:11.43. The two combined for five points.

Oeding finished 2nd in the 10K with a solid time of 37:44.31 to gain the Lobo women eight points. Oeding's time broke the previous stadium record of 37:49.05, however Rose Tanui of TCU finished 1st in the event to capture the new stadium record with a time of 36:14.81. Senior Nicky Archer finished 6th with a time of 39:01.98 for three points and freshman Ashley Smalley finished 8th with a time of 39:21.46 for one point.

Senior came in second in the 3,000m steeplechase with a time of 10:48.90. The time gave the women of New Mexico eight points to their overall score.

Kirk jumped a mark of 23-7.25 (7.19m) in the long jump for a new PR surpassing his old personal-best of 21-9.00. The jump was good for 4th place and added five points to the men's overall score. Kirk will be back in action tomorrow competing in the triple jump at 12:30.

In the women's long jump junior Deanna Young hit a new personal-best with a mark of 20-7.25 (6.28), beating her old PR of 20-6.25. The mark was good for 4th place. Senior Sandy Fortner came in right behind her fellow teammate in 5th place with a mark of 20-00.25 (6.10m). The two combined for nine points.

Senior Kelly Fortner hit a mark of 12-9.50 (3.50m) for a 5th place finish and a new PR. The mark was good for 3.5 points.

Freshman Richard York finished 6th in the high jump with a mark of 6-2.25 (1.89m) good for three points.

Freshman De'Vron Walker ran a time of 14.59 in the 110m hurdles to qualify for finals, which will be run tomorrow at 12:30.

In the 400m dash freshmen Tawsha Brazley (55.78) and Shirley Pitts (55.81) both qualified for the finals. Brazley's time was a season-best for the senior. Finals will be run tomorrow at 1:00.

Thomas ran a time of 10.51 in the 100m dash to qualify for the finals tomorrow at 1:30.

Emanuel was in fifth after the first lap of the 800-meter but went around the outside to gain the lead and finish first with a time of 1:51.46. Freshmen Sam Evans (1:53.77) and Gabe Aragon (1:53.80) also qualified for the finals tomorrow at 1:50 p.m.

Ashley Miknis ran a time of 63.37 in the 400m hurdles to qualify for finals tomorrow at 2 p.m.

Thomas Trujillo ran a time 21.69 in the 200m dash to qualify for finals tomorrow at 2:30.

The last day of competition begins tomorrow at noon with the men's pole vault.