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Release:  06/10/2009
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

June 10, 2009

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ALL-ACCESS VIDEO: Coach Franklin NCAA Championships Preview
UNM Among Best Distance Running Schools At 2009 NCAA Outdoor Championships

UPCOMING
The biggest University of New Mexico contingent in school history will begin competition at the NCAA Outdor Track and Field Championships this afternoon at Arkansas' John McDonnell Field. A school record 11 athletes - seven men and four women - will represent New Mexico at the NCAA Championships, which combined into one meet for both genders in 1983. Three Lobos - senior Lee Emanuel (No. 2 1,500m), senior Katie Coronado (No. 4 javelin), and junior Rory Fraser (No. 7 5,000m) - are ranked among the top-eight in their respective events.

Wednesday's UNM action features qualifying rounds for the men's and women's javelin (top-12 advance to the finals), first round of the men's 400 meters (top three from each of five heats, plus next three fastest times to the semifinals), and men's 5,000m semifinals (top six from each of two heats, plus next four fastest times to the finals). The men's and women's 1,500 semifinals (top three from each of three heats, plus next three fastest times to the finals) and 10,000 finals will be held on Thursday evening. Finals for the javelin and 5,000, as well as the 400m semifinals (top four from each of two heats, plus next fastest time to finals) will be on Friday night. Finals for the 1,500 and 400 will be on Saturday afternoon.

NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS RESULTS/INFORMATION/HISTORY

NCAA Championships Central: Live video, event schedule, results, standings, facility/lodging information, etc. will be available on the official website of the NCAA and the official site of the USTFCCCA.

Postrace video interviews and features will also be available on Flotrack.org

Lobos In Action On Wednesday (all times Mountain):
4:30 p.m. Women's Javelin Qualifying - Sr. Katie Coronado
6:15 p.m. Men's 400m First Round - Sr. Jarrin Solomon
7 p.m. Men's Javelin Qualifying - Sr. Anthony Fairbanks
8:25 p.m. Men's 5,000m Semifinals - Jr. Rory Fraser, Jr. Jacob Kirwa

Lobos In Action On Thursday (all times Mountain):
6:55 p.m. Women's 1,500m Semifinals - Jr. Ashley Gibson
7:10 p.m. Men's 1,500m Semifinals - Sr. Lee Emanuel
7:55 p.m. Women's 10,000m Finals - Jr. Nicky Archer, Jr. Michelle Corrigan
8:45 p.m. Men's 10,000m Finals - Sr. Mat Ashton, Jr. Chris Barnicle

Lobos In Action On Friday* (all times Mountain):
4:30 p.m. Women's Javelin Finals (if qualified)
6:25 p.m. Men's 400m Semifinals (if qualified)
6:30 p.m. Men's Javelin Finals (if qualified)
7:40 p.m. Men's 5,000m Finals (if qualified)

*Live TV coverage on CBS-C from 5-8 p.m.

Lobos In Action On Saturday* (all times Mountain):
11:12 a.m. Men's 400m Finals (if qualified)
12:09 p.m. Women's 1,500m Finals (if qualified)
12:21 p.m. Men's 1,500m Finals (if qualified)

*Live TV coverage on CBS from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Fayetteville Weather Report: The forecast could cause a few problems for the NCAA meet with scattered strong thunderstorms projected much of the week. Wednesday will be hot (mid-80s), humid, and a bit windy with a 50% chance of rain. Thursday calls for less wind and heat, but still a 50% chance of rain and high humidity. Friday should be the best day of the meet with sunny skies and little chance of rain before the storms threaten again on Saturday. Humidity will be a factor throughout the meet.

UNM Men At The NCAA Outdoor Championships: New Mexico last sent seven men to the NCAAs in 1978 and it's been 19 years since four women advanced to nationals. UNM has had a men's representative at the NCAA Outdoor Championships for seven straight years - the longest streak since a 10-year run when New Mexico established itself as a national track and field power from 1961-70. The Lobos have had 20 men's qualifiers since 2003 after qualifying just twice from 1993-2002.

UNM Women At The NCAA Outdoor Championships: After qualifying just four athletes from 1998-2006, the New Mexico women have qualified 10 over the past three years. It's the most qualifiers in program history in a three-year span.

New Mexicans At The NCAA Outdoor Championships: Nineteen of the Lobos' 32 (59%) men's and women's NCAA Outdoor qualifiers since 2000 have been from the state of New Mexico. Seventeen of the 28 (61%) qualifiers over the past five years hail from the Land of Enchantment. New Mexico's last six outdoor All-America awards have been earned by in-state products.

Last Year At The NCAA Outdoor Championships: New Mexico qualified seven athletes (four men and three women, including three New Mexicans) and had three earn All-America honors - the most for UNM since 1989. All three - pole vaulter Robert Caldwell (Socorro), javelin thrower Katie Coronado (Ruidoso) and 10,000-meter runner Jeremy Johnson (Albuquerque) were products of New Mexico high schools.

Coronado finished second with a throw of 179' 6" (54.71m). It was the highest NCAA Championship finish in UNM women's history. After finishing 16th in her NCAA debut in 2007, Coronado improved thee spots on her seed to turn in the best finish by a Lobo - man or woman - at the NCAA Championships since 1985 when Gary Kinder finished second in the decathlon. Her eight points gave the UNM women their highest score at the NCAA Championships.

Caldwell capped his collegiate career by finishing sixth with a clearance of 17' 2 3/4" (5.25m). It was the second All-America award for Caldwell, who finished tied for eighth at the 2006 NCAA Indoor Championships. He joined Simon Arkell as the only Lobos' to earn outdoor All-America honors in the event and the lone UNM vaulters to earn All-America accolades twice in their career.

Johnson finished seventh in the 10,000 meters for the second straight year. He became the second Lobo to earn All-America honors in back-to-back years in the 10,000, joining former teammate Matt Gonzales (Santa Fe, N.M.) who did so in 2003 and `04.

Junior transfer Mat Asthon finished a strong 10th (29:22.59) in the 10,000 meters - two spots shy of a place on the All-America team and nine spots above his seed - in his NCAA Championships debut.

Junior transfer Lee Emanuel finished seventh in his heat and 16th overall in the 1,500-meter semifinals. Emanuel, who entered the meet as the No. 5 seed, clocked a time of 3:44.53 - 0.67 seconds shy of a spot in the finals.

Senior Tiyana Peters wrapped up her outstanding outdoor career in the women's high jump qualifying round (5' 7" - 1.70m, T-23rd) and junior Sandy Fortner's Outdoor Championships debut in the women's heptathlon came to an end when an injury forced her to drop out of the seventh and final event of the competition - the 800 meters. Fortner had moved up to 12th overall through five events, but was unable to complete the grueling two-day competition.

SCOUTING THE LOBOS' NCAA QUALIFIERS
Breakdown By Event:
Long Distance - 6
Javelin - 2
Middle Distance - 2
Sprints - 1

Breakdown By Country/State:
United States - 5
New Mexico - 3 (Albuquerque - 2)
Great Britain - 5
Kenya - 1

Breakdown By Class:
Seniors - 5
Juniors - 6

Senior Lee Emanuel (Hastings, England) - 1,500 meters (No. 2 seed)
• Will be one of nine men in the first of three semifinal heats...Wisconsin's Craig Miller, who was second behind Emanuel in the NCAA Indoor mile, is also in heat one
• Second NCAA Outdoor appearance
• 16th in the 1,500m semifinals in 2008
• 2009 NCAA Indoor mile champion (entered the meet as the No. 5 seed)
• School record time of 3:37.25 on May 2 at Stanford
• First Lobo 1,500 runner with multiple NCAA appearances

Senior Katie Coronado (Ruidoso, N.M.) - Javelin (No. 4 seed)
• Throwing 11th in flight one of two during the qualifying round...NCAA-leader Sarah Patterson of Purdue is throwing eighth
• Third NCAA Outdoor appearance - matching javelin thrower Sarah Nicholson (1995-97) for the most in program history
• 2008 national runner-up - the highest finish ever by a UNM woman at the NCAA meet - and 16th in 2007
• School record throw of 181' (55.18m) on April 4 at Texas
• Two-time NCAA Midwest Regional champion and three-time Mountain West Conference champion

Junior Rory Fraser (Leicester, England) - 5,000 meters (No. 7 seed)
• One of 14 men in the second and final heat
• First NCAA Outdoor appearance; second NCAA trip overall
• Matched his seed with an 11th place finish in the 5K at the 2009 NCAA Indoor Championships
• He and fellow junior Jacob Kirwa will be the first UNM men to run the 5,000 at the NCAA Outdoor Championships since 1989
• Lobos have never qualified two 5,000 runners to the NCAA Outdoor meet in the same season
• Career-best time of 13:39.85 - third all-time at UNM - on April 17 in Walnut, Calif.
• First UNM long distance runner to qualify for NCAA Indoor and Outdoor meets in the same year

Senior Mat Ashton (Oxford, England) - 10,000 meters (No. 16 seed)
• Part of a 26-man final
• Second NCAA Outdoor appearance; third NCAA appearance overall
• 10th in the 10K at the 2008 NCAA Championships
• Ran the mile anchor leg for the UNM distance medley relay team (18th) at the 2009 NCAA Indoor meet
• He and junior Chris Barnicle give the Lobos two men in the NCAA 10K race for the second straight year and it's the third straight year with at least one Lobo in the 10K
• New Mexico's first four NCAA 10K qualifiers have all finished in the top-10 (six times), with three earning All-America honors (five times)
• Career-best time of 28:50.93 - sixth all-time at UNM - on May 2 at Stanford

Senior Jarrin Solomon (Albuquerque, N.M.) - 400 meters (No. 16 seed)
• Will run in lane five in the fifth and final heat (six men)...No. 5 seed Justin Oliver (Texas A&M) will be inside in lane four, No. 6 seed Kevin Borlee (Florida State) will be outside in lane eight
• Second NCAA Outdoor appearance; third NCAA trip overall
• First Lobo to qualify twice in the outdoor 400m (Adolph Plummer qualified twice in the 440 yards in 1961 & `62)
• Lone sprinter from the state of New Mexico to represent UNM at the NCAA Championships
• Finished 17th - eight spots higher than his seed - at the 2007 NCAA Outdoor meet, missing the semifinals by one-hundredth of a second
• Earned All-America honors with a fifth place finish - three spots above his seed - at the 2009 NCAA Indoor Championships
• Career-best and MWC Championship record time of 45.89 (altitude adjusted; 45.68 raw) on May 17 in Laramie, Wyo.
• No. 2 on the UNM all-time outdoor 400m performers list behind his father, Michael (45.77 in 1976)
• Two-time all-Midwest Region honoree and three-time MWC champion (two outdoor) in the 400
• Redshirted all of 2008
• Member of the Trinidad & Tobago national team (dual citizenship with the U.S.)
• Career-best split of 44.86 on April 25 to lead T&T in the nationally-televised "USA vs. The World" 4x400 relay race at the Penn Relays

Senior Anthony Fairbanks (Albuquerque, N.M.) - Javelin (No. 16 seed)
• Throwing 12th in the first of two qualifying round flights...top-seeded Cyrus Hostetler of Oregon is throwing 13th, MWC champion Blaine Baker (BYU) will throw third
• First NCAA appearance
• First UNM men's javelin thrower since 2005 to advance and sixth javelin thrower to qualify since Buster Quist became the program's first All-American in 1958
• Won the NCAA Midwest Regional title on May 29 in Norman, Okla. with a school and MWC record-setting throw of 225' 9" (68.81m)
• Had never finished higher than seventh in three prior regional appearances

Junior Chris Barnicle (Newton, Mass.) - 10,000 meters (No. 20 seed)
• Part of a 26-man final...returns for first competition at John McDonnell Field since he was a redshirt freshman at Arkansas in 2007
• First NCAA Outdoor appearance; second NCAA meet overall
• 15th in the 5,000m at the 2008 NCAA Indoor Championships as a sophomore at Arkansas
• Debut season as a Lobo - did not compete outdoors in 2008 and redshirted the 2009 indoor season
• Career-best time of 28:53.20 - seventh all-time at UNM - on May 2 at Stanford
• Two-time all-region 5,000 runner (2009 Midwest, 2007 Mideast)
• Fifth Lobo to qualify (eight times) for the NCAA 10K, including four qualifiers (seven races) since 2003
• He and senior Mat Ashton give the Lobos two men in the NCAA 10K race for the second straight year and it's the third straight year with at least one Lobo in the 10K
• New Mexico's first four NCAA 10K qualifiers have all finished in the top-10 (six times), with three earning All-America honors (five times)

Junior Michelle Corrigan (Green Bay, Wisc.) - 10,000 meters (No. 20 seed)
• Part of a 26-woman final...spent first two years competing in the SEC for Mississippi State
• First NCAA Outdoor appearance
• She and fellow junior Nicky Archer will be the first UNM women to qualify in the 10K since 1997
• The Lobos haven't had two women qualify in the same event since 1990 and have never had two long distance runners qualify in the same year
• Career-best time of 34:12.31 - third all-time at UNM - on April 16 in Walnut, Calif.
• Second on the team (85th overall) for the UNM women (18th) at the 2008 NCAA Cross Country Championships
• Redshirted the 2008 outdoor season - her first spring as a Lobo after transferring from Mississippi State in the fall of 2007

Junior Jacob Kirwa (Eldoret, Kenya) - 5,000 meters (No. 23 seed)
• One of 13 men in the first of two heats...heat one also includes NCAA Indoor 5K champion Galen Rupp (Oregon), former Albuquerque Eldorado standout Matt Tebo (Colorado), former Albuquerque LaCueva and UNM standout Shadrack (Kiptoo) Biwott (Oregon), and top-seeded Brandon Bethke (Arizona State)
• First NCAA appearance
• He and fellow junior Rory Fraser will be the first UNM men to run the 5,000 at the NCAA Outdoor Championships since 1989
• Lobos have never qualified two 5,000 runners to the NCAA Outdoor meet in the same season
• Career-best time of 14:02.51 - ninth all-time at UNM - in a runner-up performance at the NCAA Midwest Regional meet on May 29 in Norman, Okla.
• Won the MWC 5K title with an altitude adjusted 14:05.31 on May 16 in Laramie, Wyo.
• Also earned silver in the 10K to lead the Lobos in scoring at the MWC meet
• First official collegiate track season after spending his first two years at USCAA affiliated (cross country only) Diné College

Junior Nicky Archer (Cheshire, England) - 10,000 meters (No. 25 seed)
• Part of a 26-woman final
• First NCAA Outdoor appearance
• She and fellow junior Michelle Corrigan will be the first UNM women to qualify in the 10K since 1997
• The Lobos haven't had two women qualify in the same event since 1990 and have never had two long distance runners qualify in the same year
• Career-best time of 34:32.21 - fifth all-time at UNM - on March 27 at Stanford
• All-Midwest Region honoree in the 5,000 (eighth) and Lobos' high-point woman at the MWC Championships (14)
• Led the UNM women (18th) at the 2008 NCAA Cross Country Championships with a 56th place finish - the best by a Lobo at the NCAA meet since 1988

Junior Ashley Gibson (Newcastle, England) - 1,500 meters (No. 25 seed)
• Will be one of nine women in semifinal heat two of three...top ranked Susa Kuijken (Florida State) and MWC champion Katie Palmer (BYU) are also in heat two
• First NCAA Outdoor appearance
• First UNM woman ever to qualify for the NCAA meet in the 1,500
• Season-best 4:23.96 - fourth all-time at UNM - recorded on April 17 in Walnut, Calif.
• Career-best of 4:23.7 in July of 2008 in England
• All-Midwest Region honoree in the 1,500 (third)
• No. 5 runner (34th overall) for the UNM women (18th) at the 2008 NCAA Cross Country Championships

LOBOS TOP MWC TEAM IN NATIONAL RANKINGS
The New Mexico men finished the 2009 outdoor season as the top MWC team in the final USATFCCCA national team rankings at No. 31 - one spot ahead of MWC champion BYU. The UNM women were 61st and fourth among MWC teams. There were 145 teams listed in the final rankings on the women's list and 137 on the men's side.
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