June 12, 2009
University of New Mexico senior Anthony Fairbanks finished ninth to earn All-America honors in the men's javelin tonight at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Arkansas' John McDonnell Field. The Albuquerque Highland product was one of the top eight placing United States citizens in the event with a mark of 222' 5" (67.79m) on his opening attempt.
Fairbanks became the first Lobo to earn All-America honors in the men's javelin since Frank Burgasser in 1967 (fifth). The UNM and Mountain West Conference record holder in the event, Fairbanks finished six spots above his seed in his first NCAA Championship appearance.
The results were not as positive for 2008 NCAA silver medalist Katie Coronado who finished 11th in the women's javelin with a throw of 161' 6" (49.24m) - well off her season-best of 181'. Coronado, however, was seventh among U.S. citizens in the event to become the first UNM woman ever to earn All-America honors in back-to-back years at the NCAA Championships. The Ruidoso, N.M. product was the second woman in school history ever to advance the NCAA meet three straight years.
The Lobo action rolls on tomorrow when senior Lee Emanuel toes the line in the nationally televised men's 1,500 at 12:20 p.m. (Mountain) live on CBS. Oklahoma State freshman German Fernandez is the popular favorite in the event, but Emanuel, the 2009 NCAA mile champion, owns the top time among the 12 finalists (3:37.25). The Hastings, England product will look to be the first Lobo to win an Outdoor national title on the track since Adolph Plummer in 1961 (440 yards).