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Saturday, May 1

Great Friends of UNM Track Stadium - Albuquerque, N.M.


This is the 14th consecutive running of the Don Kirby Memorial Invitational. Don Kirby was a longtime meet official and friend of the University of New Mexico track and field program. The Albuquerque-based Modrall Sperling law firm, which also has offices in Santa Fe, Las Cruces and Roswell is the sponsor of the Lobos' home-opener for the third-straight year.


Adams State College, Air Force, Colorado State, Dine' College, Fort Lewis College, New Mexico, Northern Colorado, Wyoming


All questions regarding meet entries and heat sheets should be directed to UNM head track and field coach Matt Henry (office: 505-925-5735).


Results will be faxed to all participating institutions within an hour of the conclusion of the men's 4x400-meter relay (approximately 3:45 p.m.). Complete results will also be posted on www.GoLobos.com at that time.


Field events begin at 9:30 a.m. (MDT) on Saturday with running events to start at 10:30. The meet is scheduled to conclude at approximately 2:45 p.m.


Non-scoring meet


Alfredo Moreno, UNM Track & Field SID

Phone - (505) 925-5524

Cell - (505) 319-9707

Fax - (505) 925-5529

Email - avmoreno@unm.edu


Located 5,085 feet above sea level, the Great Friends of University of New Mexico Track Stadium has been the home of the Lobo track and field program since 1985. The stadium is a multifunction, 5,000-seat facility that was renovated in the summer of 1996 to include a soccer field. The track is constructed of an all-weather, encapsulated surface called Versaturf, which is the same surface used for the 1992 Olympic Trials in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Since taking control of the track and field program in 2001, Matt and Mark Henry have injected new life into the stadium. Local fans and alumni alike have returned to the track to catch the Henry's promising, homegrown teams in action. Each year, the Lobos welcome some of the region's top teams for the annual Don Kirby Memorial Invitational. New Mexico has hosted the 2003 Mountain West Conference Outdoor Championships and the 1996 Western Athletic Conference Outdoor Championships. The venue has also been the longtime home of the elite Great Southwest Track & Field Classic, one of the nation's premier postseason high school invitationals.

The 400-meter track is composed of eight racing lanes and includes a steeplechase water-jump. To bolster performances, sprints can be run in either direction to negate the effects of unfavorable weather. The two long jump/triple jump runways, two pole vault runways and a high jump apron are also of Versaturf construction. They are located behind the goals of the soccer field, allowing competitors to compete in an east or west direction. The improvements to the facility also include the installation of lights, giving UNM the opportunity to host night meets. With future renovations to include a new track surface and track and field scoreboard, the Great Friends of UNM Track Stadium will soon be among the finest venues in the West.

The opportunity to train and compete year-round in Albuquerque, gives Lobo athletes an extra advantage. With its mile-high elevation, more than 300 days of sunshine a year and legendary reputation, Albuquerque is a favorite training location for some of the world's top track and field athletes. The world class training environment and facilities at UNM provide an opportunity for exceptional running and field event performances.


The Great Friends of UNM Track Stadium is located east of University Stadium near the corner of Avenida Cesar Chavez and University Blvd on the University of New Mexico's South Campus.


Due to ongoing construction on the northeast corner of University Stadium, the main entrance to Great Friends of UNM Track Stadium will be closed. Fans and athletes should use the south gate to enter the track stadium.

Meet Schedule
9:30W - Long Jump
9:30W - Hammer
10:30W - 5,000m
10:30M - Hammer
11:00M - 5,000m
11:00M - High Jump
11:00W - Pole Vault
11:00M - Long Jump
11:00W - Javelin
11:30M - Shot Put
11:30W - 4x100m Relay
11:35M - 4x100m Relay
11:40W - 1,500m
11:50M - 1,500m
12:00W - 100m Hurdles
12:00W - Discus
12:00W - High Jump
12:10M - 110m Hurdles
12:20W - 400m
12:30M - 400m
12:30W - Triple Jump
12:40W - 100m
12:45M - 100m
12:50W - 800m
1:00M - 800m
1:00W - Shot Put
1:00M - Pole Vault
1:00M - Discus
1:00M - Javelin
1:10W - 400m Hurdles
1:20M - 400m Hurdles
1:30M - Triple Jump
1:30W - 200m
1:40M - 200m
1:50W - 3,000m Steeplechase
2:10M - 3,000m Steeplechase
2:30W - 4x400m Relay
2:35M - 4x400m Relay