LIVE BLOG: 2008 Mountain West Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  05/15/2008
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

May 15, 2008

Hello and welcome to the 2008 Mountain West Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships hosted by TCU. My name is Daniel Archuleta and I will be bringing you coverage throughout the championships here in Fort Worth. I work for the UNM Athletics in the Media Relations department. I am a media contact for Track and field. I will be bringing you the latest Lobo performances for the entire weekend. Feel free to email me at archie84@unm.edu with any questions, concerns or comments.

Day - 4 - 4:20 p.m.
As the meet came to a close with the award ceremony, New Mexico's Robert Caldwell and Katie Coronado were awarded the Most Outstanding Performances for the Pole Vault and the javelin respectively. The women finished in fifth place with 78 points - the most by a UNM women's team since 1990. The men finished in fifth place with 87 points. It was a great meet with some very special performances. I had a blast and was thrilled to see some of the best athletes in the country. Next up for a select number of Lobos the NCAA Regional Meet in Lincoln Neb. on May 30-31. See you then.

Day - 4 - 2:00 p.m.
In a blazing fast 800 meters Ryan Steadman finishes fourth with a personal best time of 1:50.80 and just misses a regional qualifying time. The pace was furious from the get go. The pack never really separated and and ran together until there was 50 meters left. Steadman held off Drew Foster from BYU for the fourth place finish. In the prelims of the men's javelin, Anthony Fairbanks unleashed a throw of 220' 11" to take the lead. He will have the lead going in to the finals. Deanna Young is in the finals of the Triple jump with a best jump of 41' 5".

In 100 meter action Jermaine McQueen placed 4th in the event in only his second official 100 meters of the season. The Lobo wide receiver earned the highest finish by a Lobo since 2003.
Day - 4 - 1:00 p.m.
In a fast 400 meters senior Ariel Burr ran a season-best 53.97, which was good for third place. Coming off the top turn Ariel pulled ahead of a Utah runner and pulled came away with a medal and all conference honors. Burr looked good out of the blocks but was in lane seven and easily made up the stagger with 250 meters left. The Carrizozo product earned all-conference honors all four years of her career at the MWC Outdoor Championships.

Day - 4 - 12:36 p.m.
Junior Lee Emanuel blazes to a victory in the 1,500 meters with a time of 3:47.62. The Hastings, England product shifted into overdrive at the bell lap and won the race going away. Emanuel is the first Lobo to win a conference 1,500 title since Greg Keith in 1986 (Western Athletic Conference). His victory snaps BYU's 5-year winning streak in the event. Emanuel is also the first athlete from a school other than BYU or Colorado State to win the MWC 1,500 title.

Day - 4 - 11:40 a.m.
Good afternoon and welcome to championship Saturday at the MWC Outdoor Track and Field Championships. In early morning action senior Tiyana Peters becomes the first woman in MWC history to defend her Outdoor high jump title with a jump of 5' 8 3/4". Peters also completes the indoor/outdoor sweep for the second straight year and now has four gold medals on her shelf. Only former triple jumper Monique Harris had more MWC victories with 5 gold medals in her career.

Day - 3 - 3:49 p.m.
In the highlight of the day Senior pole vaulter Robert Caldwell wins the event with hight of 18' 1". The mark is a new stadium record and is the first champion for UNM in 18 years. Caldwell won the competition by clearing 17' 6 3/4" (5.35m) but decided to keep going. With his teammates cheering along Caldwell cleared the record high and pointed his fingers towards the sky.
Sophomore Alesha Walker took second place in the long jump with a jump of 21' 0".
That will be it for us here today. See you all tomorrow morning.

Day - 3 - 2:45 p.m.
In women's javelin action, junior Katie Coronado on her first throw blew the field away with a toss of 169' 1". Coronado decided that throw was just for fun unleashed a school 176' 1" for good measure.

In the men's 800 meters Lee Emanuel wins the first heat with a 1:51.19. He coasts down the last 100 meters to take the victory and secure his spot in tomorrows final. Ryan Steadman and Brian Vallie last years runner-up also qualify for tomorrows final.

Robert Caldwell is easily over 16' 6 3/4 on his first attempt in the pole vault.

Day - 3 - 1:51 p.m.
There are Lobos all over the field. In 400 meter action senior Ariel Burr finishes fourth and qualifies for tomorrows final. Ariel made up the stagger with 200 meters left and battled down the final straight away and ran a season best 54.02.

In long jump action sophomore Alesha Walker has set the early tone by jumping a 21' 0".

Day - 3- 3,000 Steeplechase - 12:32 p.m.
Redshirt freshman Alex Willis stayed with the lead pack the entire way. The first group of finishers were only 20 meters in front of Willis. Alex takes home a ninth place finish in the event and was less than 2 seconds behind the final scoring runner.

Day - 3- 3,000 Steeplechase - 12:18 p.m.
After a restart due to a downed runner, Kara Henry battled her way to fifth place and a regional qualifying mark in the event. Stasia Ploskonka also turned in a solid performance as she finished 10th. Both runners stayed with the lead pack and fought the entire race.

Day - 3 - 11:27 a.m.
Junior Josh Cosio takes second in the high jump. Cosio made came in at 6' 6" and cleared the hight very easily. Cosio's final cleared hight was 6' 9" and was leading in cleared attempts till BYU's Bryce Bergen cleared 6' 10 3/4" on his final attempt.

Matthew Henry-Marshall erased a disappointing hammer throw with personal best discus throw of 167' 11". Marshall's throw secured his spot in the finals and earned himself an eighth place finish.

Cosio earns all-MWC honors for the second time outdoors and third time in his career. He was also the MWC Indoor silver medalist. Marshall, meanwhile, scored at the MWC Championships for the first time in his young career.

Day 3 - 10,000 Meters Men - 8:51 a.m.
A trio of Lobos are set for the 10,000 meters. As the race goes on senior Joe Garcia makes things interesting by taking the lead. But with five laps left Garcia is past by the eventual 1-3 finishers. Juan Ortega battles back from being about 300 meters behind the lead pack to finish fourth for the Lobos. Garcia ends up in fifth and sophomore Brock Hagerman finishes eighth. The trio picks up eight points for the Lobos in the overall standings. Ortega recorded his highest finish at the MWC Outdoor Championships in his first official race since the winter of 2007.

Day 3 - 10,000 Meters Women - 8:15 a.m.
Well good morning sunshine! In what turned out to be a great race New Mexico senior Sheyenne Lewis ran a great race to finish 9th overall. She started with the front pack keeping up with a fast pace. As the pack separated Sheyenne stayed in close range and even managed to take a few girls down in front of her. A great finish to her career.

Day 2 - Hammer Throw - 4:55
Matthew Henry-Marshall prepares for his first three throws and what he hopes will lead to the finals.
Throw 1: Working through some nagging back pain Matt gives a good toss but is out of the circle making that throw a foul.
Throw 2: A big toss from the young sophomore that looks to be good enough to get him in to the finals. However his foot was just a hair on the blue circle making that throw a foul.
Throw 3: With the adrenaline pumping Marshall started his spin and took an awkward turn that caused him to abort his throw and step out of the ring for a foul.

Day 2 - Heptathlon - 800 meters - Final Results 1:45 p.m.
800 meters: Fortner needs to finish within four seconds of second place Emily Pearson to win the gold. As they enter the top turn Fortner has a commanding lead over her rival from CSU. Through one lap Fortner has the lead. Coming down the final 100 meters Pearson passes Fortner! Fortner battles through some pain in her knee and finishes a little over two second behind Pearson to secure her victory. This is the second time this year that Fortner the second seed has come from behind and beat the top seeded Pearson.

Fortner finishes with 5,641 points which crushes a 18 year old school record by 222 points and secures her spot in the NCAA Outdoor National Championships with and automatic mark. Well done Fortner, well done.

Day 2 - Heptathlon - Javelin - 12:55 p.m.
First attempt: With the pose of a Greek statue outside a Coliseum Fortner tosses a personal best throw of 122' 3".
Second attempt: Sandy's misfortune turns in to a positive. Sandy fouls her second throw but is happy to being that she pulled up at the last minute.
Third attempt: Fortner unleashes her best throw of the day and her career with a toss of 133' 7" and full 11 feet improvement on her lifetime best. It is also the fifth personal best record of the meet and her fifth out of six events. Next up, the 800 meters to decide the MWC heptathlon champ.

Day 2 - Heptathlon - Long Jump - 11:52 a.m.
Sandy is very confident in the practice run through attempts. Looks to be on the board as she will be the first to jump.

First attempt: 18' 9 3/4" With fast approach and a vicious yell Fortner jumps out to a good mark on her first attempt.
Second attempt: 18' 11 3/4" On her second attempt same speed and same yell but better results. Fortner is not happy with her mark however and exclaims to Coach Mario Wilson, "I'm taking my third attempt."
Third attempt: 18' 11 3/4" Sandy made a few changes to her approach and what looked to be a better jump was marked the same distance as her previous jump. Fortner finishes second in the long jump behind CSU's Katie Lloyd who jumped a 19' 4".

Day 2 - Heptathlon - 10:45 a.m. As of right now New Mexico Junior Sandy Fortner trails MWC rival Emily Pearson by 14 points. With three events to go (long jump, javelin and 800 meters) Sandy is right on the heels of another MWC championship in the multi events. Fortner won the pentathlon at the MWC Indoor Championships this year while setting a school record with 4,005 points. Who finished second in that meet you ask? That is right Pearson. It should make for a great final day of the heptathlon as the two are neck and neck.