Jan. 19, 2007
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Junior Jeremy Johnson's sizzling 3,000-meter race led a solid effort by host New Mexico tonight at the Albuquerque Convention Center on the first day of action at the 2007 Modrall Sperling Lobo Invitational. Johnson clocked an altitude adjusted time of 8:09.94, the fastest of seventh-year head coach Matt Henry's tenure, en route to a second place finish. The former Albuquerque Manzano product finished just two seconds behind UTEP All-American Stephen Samoei.
After helping to set the early pace, junior teammate Juan Ortega finished fifth with an adjusted time of 8:34.73. UTEP standouts Japeth Ng'ojoy and Patrick Mutai were third and fourth, respectively, in the most competitive race of the evening.
Elsewhere for the Lobos, sophomore Tiyana Peters cleared 5' 5" to finish fifth in the high jump and fellow sophomore Briana Paxton turned in a personal record mark of 44' 8" en route to a ninth place finish in the weight throw. On the men's side, senior Mark Lamb continued his strong early-season hurdling. Lamb clocked an altitude adjusted time of 8.50 to place ninth in the 60-meter hurdles prelims, just missing out on a spot in Saturday's finals.
Friday's results yielded eight NCAA provisional qualifying marks and an automatic qualifying high jump of 6' ½" by Texas A&M's Caroline Wolf. Wolf's effort also matched her own facility record, which she set in the 2006 Modrall Sperling Lobo Invitational.
Four athletes surpassed the provisional qualifying standard in the women's 60-meter hurdles prelims, led by LSU's Jessica Ohanaja, who clocked an adjusted time of 8.23. UCLA's Kevin Craddock, meanwhile, knocked 0.12 seconds off the facility record in the 60-meter hurdles, crossing the line with a time of 7.82.
The action at the Modrall Sperling Lobo Invitational resumes tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. Tickets will be available at the door - $3 for adults, $2 for students and free for ages five and under.