UNM Women 6th, Men 7th At Air Force Invitational
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  01/25/2004
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Jan. 25, 2004

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Junior Chris Garofola recorded the second school record for the University of New Mexico as the Lobos wrapped up competition at the Air Force Invitational on Saturday. Garofola bettered his own record with an altitude adjusted time of 8.19 in the 60-meter hurdles. The women's distance medley relay team clocked a record-breaking winning time of 12:28.95 on Friday to lead the UNM women to a sixth place finish. The Lobo men, meanwhile, were seventh in the 13-team field.

Garofola enjoyed a fine weekend, scoring 12 of the Lobos' 45 points by placing third in the 200 meters (21.84*), sixth in the 60 (6.98*) and seventh in the 60-meter hurdles. Fellow senior David Lloyd joined Garofola in the 60-meter finals, placing eighth with a time of 7.04. The women also received a nice effort in the sprints from sophomore Kimilia Davis, who finished sixth with an adjusted time of 25.87.

Both the Lobo men and women shined in the distance events on Saturday. Redshirt sophomore Jacquelyne Gallegos turned in a triumphant performance, placing second in the 3,000. Gallegos, who missed virtually all of 2003 after a serious car accident, clocked an adjusted personal record time of 10:15.07, the best under head coach Matt Henry. Sophomore Janice Tosa represented the Lobos well in the 5,000, placing fifth with a time of 18:59.54*.

In the middle distance events, freshmen Riann Lucy and Brandie Mills combined for eight points in the 800 meters, placing third (2:23.40) and seventh (2:25.33), respectively. Sophomore Timmie Murphy, meanwhile, was fifth in the mile with an adjusted time of 5:17.78.

On the men's side, junior Ben Ortega was third in the 5,000 with a time of 14:50.24*, while fellow junior Nick Martinez was seventh in the 3,000 (8:35.54*). The Lobos also received a tremendous, but unofficial, performance from junior Matt Gonzales. Gonzales, who is training for the USA national cross country team trials, won the mile as an unattached runner with a time of 4:04.52, just .30 seconds off the UNM record.

Several other Lobos turned in solid performances on Saturday, including Mark Johnson and Dan Feltman, who finished fifth and seventh, respectively, in the heptathlon. Senior Jason Barkemeyer notched a pair of personal records in the shot put (54-06.50) and weight throw (50-09.50), while junior Amanda Barnes took fifth in the shot put with a toss of 46-04.25. Fellow junior Jamie Fishencord reclaimed the school weight throw record from Barnes, finishing eighth in the event with a mark of 51-10.50.

The New Mexico men and women return to action next weekend when they travel to Lubbock, Texas for the Red Raider Invitational. Complete results from the Air Force Invitational can be found at the following website:


* Indicates altitude adjusted time