Duke City To Welcome Back Indoor Track & Field On Jan. 15
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  12/20/2004
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Dec. 20, 2004

Albuquerque Indoor Track & Field Facility Construction Photos

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.-- After an 18-year absence, indoor track and field competition is returning to the city of Albuquerque. University of New Mexico head coach Matt Henry and associate head coach Mark Henry announced today that the city of Albuquerque, in conjunction with UNM, will host the first annual Albuquerque All-Comers Indoor Track and Field Meet on Saturday, Jan. 15, 2005 on a new, state-of-the-art city-owned indoor track being constructed inside the Convention Center in downtown Albuquerque.

The city recently purchased the indoor track, which is nearly identical to the track used by the University of Arkansas at the Randal Tyson Track Center. Arkansas has hosted every NCAA Indoor Championship meet since 2000 and will be the home of the 2005 championships as well.

The new Albuquerque indoor track is a 200-meter, 60-degree banked track that has 60m straightaways running the entire length of the facility. It also includes men's and women's jumping runways and pits, as well as an areas for shot put, pole vault and high jump events. The surface of the track is red and white Mondo.

The Albuquerque All-Comers Indoor Track and Field Meet will mark the University of New Mexico's first indoor competition in Albuquerque since hosting the 1987 Western Athletic Conference Championships in Tingley Coliseum at the New Mexico State Fairgrounds. Current UNM assistant coach Scott Steffan, who competed at the '87 WAC Championships as freshman decathlete, said the new indoor track will provide a tremendous boost to the Henry's rejuvenated Lobo track and field program. The U.S. Air Force Academy has hosted every Mountain West Conference Indoor Championship meet since the league formed in 1999, but UNM coaches are hoping for a change of venue as early as next year.

"We've now joined Air Force as the only two programs in the Mountain West that have NCAA sanctioned indoor track facilities," said Steffan. "We're going to host one meet this year, but, with the city's help, we would like to once again make Albuquerque one of the country's top destinations for indoor track competition. We've already put in a bid to host the 2006 conference meet and we think this could be a future site for the NCAA Championships as well, which is great for our recruits to know."

In the mid-60s Albuquerque was one of the nation's elite indoor track and field locations. The 1966 AAU Indoor Nationals (now known as the USA Indoor Track & Field Championships) drew a two-day total of nearly 20,000 fans to Tingley Coliseum and was featured on the March 14 cover of Sports Illustrated. Albuquerque officials were able to lure the meet away from its regular home at Madison Square Garden in New York City that year.


Saturday, Jan. 15, 2005 - Albuquerque Convention Center

The 2005 All-Comers meet will be open to athletes of all levels with a charge of $10.00 per event. The meet will start at 10 a.m. with the rolling schedule to be determined at a later date. All running events will be timed using a fully automated timing system. Entries will be due no later that 5 p.m. on Jan. 12. For more information contact the UNM Track and Field Office:

Head coach Matt Henry - (505) 925-5735

Associate head coach Mark Henry - (505) 925-5736 - mrkhenry@unm.edu

Assistant coach Scott Steffan - (505) 925-5738 - ssteffan@aol.com

Track & Field Office Fax - (505) 925-5558

Events: 60m, 60m hurdles, 200m, 400m, 800m, Mile, 3,000m, High Jump, Long Jump, Triple Jump, Pole Vault, Shot Put