June 22, 2013
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Former University of New Mexico track and field athletes had solid performances across the globe as the qualification process for the IAAF World Championships unfolds at national championships worldwide.
Solomon, a 2009 Lobo graduate and Albuquerque native, ran to a runner-up finish in the men’s 400-meter dash at the Trinidad and Tobago championships, the NAAA Sagicor/NGC National Open Championships, in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad.
His time of 45.34 seconds is just .03 seconds off of a personal record and achieved the B standard of qualification for the IAAF World Championships. However, without achieving the A standard, Solomon will not advance to the World Championships in the 400.
He is still entered to compete in the 4x400 relay on Sunday, the event in which he earned bronze at the 2012 Olympic Games.
At the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, Walker claimed an eighth-place finish in the women’s long jump, leaping 20 feet, 10 1/2 inches (6.36 meters).
The 2011 UNM graduate from Killeen, Texas, did make the finals of the event, but fouled four of her six attempts, including two each in the trials and the finals. Her personal best is 21-6 ¾ (6.57 meters).
However, Walker will not leave empty-handed. Instead, she will earn $500 due to her eighth-place finish.
Former Colorado State athlete Janay DeLoach Soukup won the event with a mark of 22-7 1/4 (6.89 meters).
Also at the USA Outdoor Championships, 2013 UNM track and field alum Floyd Ross placed 10th in the men’s triple jump on Thursday.
Despite a season-best leap of 53 3/4 (16.17 meters) that placed second in the first heat, the second heat proved to have the better jumps, as the eight of the top nine finishers came from heat two.
Still, it was Ross’ best leap in over a year, since he set his personal record of 54-6 (16.61 meters) at the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Championships.
The University of Florida’s Omar Craddock took first with a distance of 56-3 1/4 (17.15 meters).
Django Lovett also competed at a national championship, as the UNM senior-to-be placed fourth in the high jump at the Canadian Track & Field Championships in Moncton, New Brunswick.
Lovett cleared 6-9 3/4 (6.08 meters), faultlessly maneuvering through the first two bar progressions before bowing out at 6-11 3/4 (2.13 meters).
Derek Drouin, the 2013 NCAA Outdoor high jump champion, won the event with a mark of 7-7 (2.31 meters).
The IAAF World Championships are August 10-18 in Moscow, Russia.