Feb. 11, 2010
UPCOMINGAfter four straight weekends at home, the University of New Mexico track and field team hits the road for a pair of split squad meets. The Lobo distance runners will be in Seattle for the University of Washington's Husky Classic, while the rest of the team competes at the Air Force Invitational. Both events will be held Friday and Saturday and will be the final tune-ups before the Mountain West Conference Championships, Feb. 26-27, at the Albuquerque Convention Center.
HUSKY CLASSIC MEET INFO/RESULTSResults: www.gohuskies.com
Facility Information: Washington's indoor track is a five-lane, 307-meter, flat Mondo surfaced that is housed in the 80,000-square foot Dempsey Indoor Facility. The Dempsey Indoor Facility also serves as the practice facility for UW athletics.
Lobos To Watch: The men's and women's 5,000-meter runs will be the marquee events for the Lobos in Seattle. Rory Fraser, Jacob Kirwa, Chris Barnicle, Michelle Corrigan, Ruth Senior, and Nicky Archer will all be gunning for an NCAA qualifying time in their first 5K races of 2010.
Fraser qualified in the event at both the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Championships last year, while Kirwa competed in the event at the NCAA Outdoor meet. Barnicle, who is making his official indoor debut as a Lobo, qualified for the 5K at the 2008 NCAA Indoor Championships while running for Arkansas. Corrigan and Archer both qualified for the 2009 NCAA Outdoor Championships in the 10,000 with Corrigan earning All-America honors with an eighth place finish.
2009 Husky Classic Rewind: Junior Rory Fraser secured his place in the NCAA Indoor Championship field with a time of 13:49.57 (sixth in section 4) in his first 5,000-meter race of the winter. Fraser was just three seconds shy of the NCAA automatic qualifying time and four seconds off All-American Matt Gonzales' 2005 school record in the event.
Fraser's was one of a string of fine 5K performances for the Lobos at the Dempsey Indoor Facility. Senior Matt Ashton clocked an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 14:06.61 (20th, section 4), while junior Jacob Kirwa was also under the provisional standard with a time of 14:07.44. Sophomore Brock Hagerman was just 18 seconds off the provisional time, crossing the line in 14:27.32.
Earlier in the day, junior David Bishop just missed becoming the second Lobo in as many weeks to clock a sub 4-minute mile as he crossed the line in an NCAA provisional qualifying 4:00.38 to win his heat.
Junior teammate Lee Emanuel, who clocked a school record 3:57.91 mile the previous week, ran a remarkable 7:56.35 in his first collegiate 3,000 race. The time was just two seconds off the NCAA automatic qualifying time.
Meanwhile, on the women's side, junior Michelle Corrigan smashed her own UNM record and provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championships in the 5K (ninth) with a time of 16:34.58 - 30 seconds under her previous best. Junior teammate Nicky Archer missed the provisional standard by a mere 0.75 seconds with a time of 16:45.75 in her first collegiate 5,000.
AIR FORCE INVITATIONAL MEET INFO/RESULTSResults: www.goairforcefalcons.com
Facility Information: The indoor track at Air Force's Cadet Field House is a six-lane, 268-meter, flat polyurethane surface oval that is housed in the multi-purpose facility (1,000 capacity). The sprints/hurdles straight includes eight lanes.
Lobos To Watch: Freshmen Precious Selmon and De'Vron Walker both lead the Mountain West in the 60-meter hurdles and will be looking to secure their place as the conference favorites before the MWC Championships come to Albuquerque, Feb. 26-27. Selmon has clocked a school record time of 8.47 (8.51 altitude adjusted) twice this winter, which is just 0.04 seconds off the NCAA provisional qualifying time. Walker, meanwhile, has run 8.11 - just 0.02 seconds shy of Chris Garofola's 2004 UNM record. New Mexico hasn't won the men's hurdles at the indoor conference meet since 1980 and has never had a woman win the event.
LAST TIME OUT (New Mexico Classic & Combined Events)Freshman Richard York capped a sensational weekend with a school record score of 5,294 in his collegiate heptathlon debut. York led all collegians with a second place finish, trailing only former Arizona standout and two-time NCAA decathlon champion Jake Arnold (5,743). York missed the NCAA provisional qualifying standard in the seven-event competition by less than 100 points.
York finished among the top three in the 60 meters, 60-meter hurdles, long jump, and high jump to surpass Mark Johnson's 2004 record by 31 points.
Junior Brian Wilson also enjoyed a solid outing in the heptathlon, finishing ninth with a personal record score of 4,752 (fifth all-time at UNM). Senior Jeremy Lee also finished strong in his first collegiate multi-event competition (19th, 4,216). The Kent, Wash. product is competing in his first collegiate season after overcoming a major motorcycle injury in 2008.
Earlier in the day, Ohio State transfer Lamaar Thomas also enjoyed a strong Lobo debut. Thomas opened with a time of 6.94 in the 60-meter prelims and went on to finish sixth in the finals with a time of 6.89 - good for No. 5 on the UNM all-time performers list.
A trio of Lobos were also in action in South Bend, Ind. at Notre Dame's Meyo Invitational.
Redshirt freshman Ross Millington clocked a lifetime best of 4:02.02 to finish fifth in the signature Meyo Mile - the same race in which teammate Lee Emanuel clocked the Lobos' first sub four-minute mile last year. Millington's time was good for third on the Lobos' all-time performers list.
On Friday at the Convention Center, senior Sandy Fortner recorded a strong NCAA provisional qualifying score of 3,913 to finish second in the pentathlon. Fortner used a dominant performance in the shot put, followed by a stellar long jump to record the second-highest pentathlon score of her career. It was her first pentathlon since finishing 12th in the five-event competition at the 2008 NCAA Indoor Championships.
The Fort Sumner, N.M. product overcame a bit of a sluggish start in the 60-meter hurdles (8.82) and high jump (5-03.00) and claimed the lead after unleashing a throw of 44-08.75 (13.63m) to win the shot. She followed that up with a leap of 19-04.25 (5.90m) in the long jump. Both marks were her best ever in a pentathlon.
Texas Tech's Kelsey Lloyd, who won the long jump with a mark of 19-07.50 (5.98m), used a strong 800 performance to edge Fortner for the overall title. Lloyd finished with a score of 3,989 as both women moved closer towards possible berths in the NCAA Championships.