Gonzales Claims First MWC Title On Final Day Of Outdoor Championships
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  05/15/2004
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

May 15, 2004

LAS VEGAS - Junior Matt Gonzales added to his already impressive resume, cruising to victory in the 5,000-meter run today at the Mountain West Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Gonzales a three-time all-conference honoree secured his first gold medal with relative ease, winning with a time of 14:12.59. Fellow junior Amanda Barnes, meanwhile, solidified her place as the best shot put thrower in UNM women's history, claiming her second straight league title (15.52 meters) this afternoon at Myron Partridge Stadium/Sheila Tarr Smith Field.

The UNM men finished fourth for the fourth straight year, scoring 94.5 points, the second-highest in head coach Matt Henry's four-year tenure. New Mexico's women, meanwhile, were eighth with 46 points, just 17 out of fifth place. BYU swept the men's and women's titles for the fourth time in five years.

Junior Jacquelyne Gallegos capped her stellar comeback season from a near career-ending auto accident, claiming all-conference honors for the first time in her career with a third place in the 1,500. Gallegos, who missed virtually all of 2003, finished with a time of 4:31.94, just shy of second place.

Senior Chris Garofola enjoyed a solid afternoon in his final MWC appearance, finishing fourth in the 100 (10.87) and fifth in the 110-meter hurdles (14.48). Garofola also helped both the 4x100 (41.38) and 4x400 (3:15.22) relay teams to a pair of fourth place finishes. True freshman Robert Caldwell and junior Willie Yuen paced the Lobo men in the field events, placing fourth in the pole vault (4.77m) and triple jump (14.42m), respectively.

Other UNM scoring athletes on Saturday included: sophomore RaShawn Jackson in the 400 (8th - 48.97), junior Cameron Clarke in the 1,500 (7th - 3:51.39), junior Nick Martinez in the 5,000 (6th - 14:46.06), senior Jason Barkemeyer in the shot put (6th - 16.60m), junior Joshua Parra in the hammer (8th - 49.27m), sophomore Kimilia Davis in both the 200 (8th - 24.86) and 400 (7th -55.49), and the women's 4x100 (5th - 47.88) and 4x400-meter (5th - 3:48.07) relay teams.