April 6, 2008
STANFORD, Calif. - Senior transfer Kara Henry broke her own school record and became the first University of New Mexico runner to qualify for the NCAA Regional meet in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 10:41.16 on Saturday night at the Stanford Invitational. The Lobos also received a strong performance by junior transfer Mat Ashton who clocked an NCAA provisional qualifying and personal record time of 29:12.81 in the 10,000 in his outdoor debut.
Ashton shaved 32 seconds of his previous best in an 11th place finish, running 17 seconds under the provisional qualifying standard to put himself in consideration for an NCAA Championship bid.
Junior transfer Lee Emanuel enjoyed a strong outdoor season debut as well, clocking a personal record time of 1:50.91 - 0.91 off the regional qualifying standard - in a second place finish in the Section B 800 race. Emanuel finished just 0.11 seconds out of first place.
Saturday also marked the 2008 debut for All-American Jeremy Johnson, who was awarded a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA last month. Johnson clocked a personal record time of 3:50.00 (17th) in a tune-up 1,500-meter race. Johnson is slated to run his first 10,000 of the season later this month in a return trip to Stanford.
Junior transfer Carolyn Boosey missed the regional qualifying standard in the steeplechase by seven seconds, clocking a time of 10:56.74. Henry (sixth) and Boosey (18th) were the first UNM women to run under 11 minutes in the event.
UNM also received a solid effort from senior Joseph Garcia who knocked 27 seconds off his previous best in the 5,000 with a time of 14:52.70 (12th).