March 24, 2010
The University of New Mexico's 2010 outdoor track and field season leaps into action this weekend. The distance runners head to California for the Stanford Invitational beginning Friday, while the rest of the team travel south for the UTEP Springtime Invitational on Saturday.
STANFORD INVITATIONAL INFORMATION/RESULTS
Weather: The weather at Stanford should be ideal for distance runners with temperatures in the mid to high 60s on Friday and low 70s on Saturday, with light winds.
Lobos To Watch: New Mexico senior Nicky Archer will be a top contender in the women's 10,000 meters. Archer clocked a time of 34:32.21 in the 10,000 meter last year at Stanford. The time smashed her previous best by more than 90 seconds.
Michelle Corrigan and Ruth Senior will both make their outdoor debuts in the 5,000-meter race that will include top contenders from Oregon, BYU and Washington. Corrigan was a 10,000 meter NCAA qualifier in 2009 as well as a silver medalist in the 5,000 meters at the 2009 outdoor MWC Championships.
UTEP SPRINGTIME INVITATIONAL
Weather: El Paso will be sunny with temperatures in the lower 70's with 19 to 20 mph winds.
Standout, Sandy Fortner is scheduled to compete in the 100m hurdles and also in the javelin throw.
After a stellar weekend at the Baldy Castillo Invitational, junior Deanna Young is back in action. Young will be competing in the long jump.
LAST TIME OUT
University of New Mexico Young made a strong return to action, winning the triple jump with a mark of 41-07.75 (12.69m) at Arizona State's Baldy Castillo Invitational on Saturday. Young, who redshirted the 2009 outdoor and 2010 indoor seasons, bested the field by more than two feet. The Albuquerque Highland product is currently second on the early season national rankings in the triple jump.
NCAA INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS REVIEW
New Mexico had a remarkable showing at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships back on March 13. Lee Emanuel became the first Lobo ever to win back-to-back NCAA titles, leading the Lobos to a share of eighth place with a school record 18-point score.
All four of the Lobos' NCAA qualifiers earned All-American honors, including Sandy Fortner, who earned the bronze medal in the pentathlon. Senior Rory Fraser capped the meet with a sixth place finish in the 3,000 meters after his teammate Chris Barnicle finished fourth in the 5K.
The story of the weekend or the Lobos was Emanuel who made his second straight NCAA mile victory look easy. Just as he did a year earlier, the Hastings, England product made a strong move out of the pack to take over the lead with 800 meters to go. This time, however, the field wilted behind Emanuel's blistering pace as he ran the final three laps unchallenged.
He crossed the line in 3:59.26 - 2.37 seconds ahead of the runner-up, second-seeded Mac Fleet of Oregon (4:01.63) - with his now trademark extended arms victory pose, followed by a big fist pump into the ESPN360 cameras.
Less than two hours later, Emanuel was back on the starting line for the 3,000 final in his first attempt to double at the NCAA meet. A slow early pace forced him to make several energy-taxing surges out of traffic and into the lead pack, which eventually caused him to fade out of scoring position (12th, 8:19.35).
Senior teammate Rory Fraser, however, ran a steady patient race, working his way up from the back of the pack into scoring position over the final 800 meters and eventually into sixth (8:12.88) to earn All-America honors for the first time. Fraser, who was 13th in the 5,000 the night of March 12, had not finished higher than 11th in three prior NCAA Championship races (indoor/outdoor) - all in the 5K.
New Mexico's stellar day began with Fortner, who became the first UNM woman ever to score at the NCAA Indoor Championships with her bronze medal performance. The pride of Fort Sumner, N.M. broke her own school record for second time in the last three weeks with a score of 4,156 over the five events.
She put together a strong, consistent performance, steadily rising in the standings from 12th to as high as second through four events.
After running a solid time of 8.70 in the 60 hurdles, Fortner cleared 5-07.25 (1.71m) to finish tied for fifth in the high jump, then surged up the charts in her best event, the shot put, with a mark of 42-10.75 (13.07m) - good for second in the field Thirty minutes later she flew a season and multis-best 19-06.00 (5.94m) on her opening long jump attempt, which was good for fifth. She even held her own in her least-favorite event, the 800, clocking a career-best time of 2:25.41 (8th). Fortner's effort put the New Mexico women on the NCAA Indoor Championship team standings for the first time in school history as UNM finished tied for 36th overall with her 6 points.
INDOOR NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP NOTES
-The UNM men finished tied for eighth, which is the second-best finish in school history at the NCAA Indoor Championships...New Mexico finished tied for fifth the first time it cracked the standings at the 1967 Indoor Championships (12 points)...tied for 16th last year, UNM notched back-to-back top-20 national finishes for the first time since the 1977 team was ninth and 1978 team was 13th.
- New Mexico's 18 points are the most in men's program history at the NCAA Indoors...the previous best was the 15 scored by the 1977 team (13th)...the Lobo men put up 14 points last year (T-16th)...the UNM men scored 11.33 points combined at the NCAA Indoor Championships from 1985-2008 (6 - 1990, 5 - 2005, 0.33 - 2006)
-The UNM women scored for the first time at the NCAA Indoor Championships with Sandy Fortner's six points in the pentathlon
- UNM had four individuals earn All-America honors indoors for the first time...the previous-best was the three All-America awards Emanuel (mile), Jarrin Solomon (400m), and Deanna Young (triple jump) brought home last year
-UNM has earned 15 indoor/outdoor track All-America awards and four NCAA medals (top-three) in head coach Joe Franklin's 2 1/2 years in Albuquerque...seven of the All-Americans under Franklin have been graduates of New Mexico high schools.
-New Mexico matched a program record for the second straight year with four individual qualifiers for the NCAA meet...UNM also qualified four in 2009 and 1978
-Senior Lee Emanuel became the first Lobo ever to win back-to-back NCAA track titles with his victory in the mile...he joined Clarence Robinson, who swept the long and triple jumps at the 1965 NCAA Outdoor Championships, as the only athletes in program history to win multiple national titles...Emanuel is the only Lobo ever to qualify for the mile at the NCAA Indoor Championships.
-Senior Sandy Fortner earned All-America honors for the first time in her career...her third place finish was the highest ever by a UNM woman at the NCAA Indoor Championships...no Lobo had ever finished among the top eight prior to today...Fortner broke her own school record for the second time this season with a score of 4,156...she is the only UNM woman ever to qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships in the pentathlon, finishing 12th in her debut in 2008...Fortner and triple jumper Deanna Young (T-12th in 2009) are the only UNM women to earn All-America honors indoors.
-Senior Chris Barnicle's fourth place finish matched Matt Gonzales (2005) for the highest ever by a Lobo in the 5,000...Barnicle broke Gonzales' school record with a time of 13:43.10...he improved 11 spots on his finish in his 2008 NCAA debut in the 5K when he was a junior at Arkansas...Barnicle earned All-America honors for the first time in his career indoors...he earned All-America laurels in the 10,000 outdoors in his first season at UNM last spring.
-Senior Rory Fraser earned All-America honors for the first time in four chances at the NCAA Indoor or Outdoor Championships...Fraser's best finish was 11th in the Indoor 5,000 last year before finishing sixth in the his first NCAA 3K race...he is the first Lobo to earn All-America honors in the event.
FORTNER, EMANUEL SWEEP MWC INDOOR ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
University of New Mexico seniors Lee Emanuel and Sandy Fortner have been selected as the Mountain West Conference Men's and Women's Indoor Track & Field Student-Athletes of the Year, respectively. The Student-Athlete of the Year award recognizes the outstanding male and female athletes in the sport of indoor track and field. Student-athletes are nominated and selected by the head coaches at each member institution. Hailing from Hastings, England, Emanuel holds the country's season-best time in the mile (3:57.62) and the league's season-best time in the 3,000-meter (7:51.20) race. He became the first Lobo ever to win back-to-back NCAA crowns, recording his second straight NCAA mile victory at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships at Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville, Ark. on March 13.
Emanuel, who won an individual NCAA title in the mile with a time of 4:03.36 at the 2009 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships, earned first place in the event once again by recording a sub four-minute mile time of 3:59.26. That time, which was 2.37 seconds ahead of runner-up Mac Fleet of Oregon (4:01.63), earned him All-American honors and helped New Mexico to a share of eighth place with a school-record 18 points.
A product of Fort Sumner, N.M., Fortner finished her senior campaign with All-American honors after earning the bronze medal in the pentathlon at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships. Fortner broke her own school record at the NCAA Championships with a score of 4,156 over the five events.
After running a time of 8.70 in the 60-meter hurdles, Fortner cleared 5-07.25 (1.71m) to finish tied for fifth in the high jump, then finished second in the shot put with a mark of 42-10.75 (13.07m). Later in the event, she flew a season-best 19-06.00 (5.94m) on her opening long jump attempt, which was good for fifth, and then proceeded to clock a career-best time of 2:25.41 in the 800-meter dash. At the MWC Championships, Fortner won the women's pentathlon for the second time in her career after tallying 4,147 points at the Albuquerque Convention Center in New Mexico.