LIVE BLOG: 2008 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  06/09/2008
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

June 9, 2008

Hello and welcome to the 2008 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships hosted by Drake Univeristy in Des Moines, Iowa. My name is Daniel Archuleta and I will be bringing you coverage throughout the championships. I work for the UNM Athletics in the Media Relations department. I am a media contact for Track and field. I will be bringing you the latest Lobo performances for the entire week. Feel free to email me at archie84@unm.edu with any questions, concerns or comments.

Day 2 - 10,000 Meters
Senior Jeremy Johnson captures his second All-American honor as he finishes second in the 10,000 meters in Thursdays final event of the evening. Johnson ran with the lead pack the whole time patently biding his time. At the halfway point of the race Johnson decided to pick up the pace and moved in to 5th place. As the lead pack separated Johnson held on to seventh and held of a UTEP runner to finish in seventh. Johnson has had a storied career at UNM and has completed his eligibility.

Junior Mat Ashton ran a great race as well. Ashton gave the crowd a show as he surged in to the lead with 11 laps to go. Ashton decided that the pace wasn't to his liking and wanted to show what he had. He would eventually fade back but held on strong to capture a top 10 finish and provide the on lookers with what is in store for next year. Day 2 - 1,500 Meters
Junior Lee Emanuel finished seventh in the first heat of the 1,500 meters. Emanuel set the early pace by sprinting off the start line and leading the pack. Emanuel moved to the middle of the pack for three laps. With 400 meters to go Emanuel fought his way in to a tight lead pack. Coming around the final turn Emanuel had his automatic qualifying fourth place spot swept out from under him as three runners passed his with 50 meters left. The seventh place finish may not be enough to get Emanuel in to the 1,500 meter finals.

Day 2 - Javelin
Junior Katie Coronado continues to shine in the post season action as she wins flight 1 in the women's javelin as she unleashed a throw of 178' 11" (53.43m). Coronado breaks her own school record for the third time this season and advances on to Saturdays final round.

Day 1 - Pole Vault
With the decathlon earlier in the day delaying the women's high jump by two hours, unaffected by the weather was the men's pole vault. With 25 competitors left in the competition senior Robert Caldwell clears 17' 2 3/4" (5.25m) with ease and is now awaiting as the other competitors start to bow out as the bar gets higher.

UPDATE: Pole Vault
Senior Robert Caldwell clears 17' 2 3/4" (5.25m) to advance to the finals in the pole vault. Caldwell will compete again on Friday at 3:15 M.T.

Senior Tiyana Peters may have just ended a storybook outdoor career as she narrowly misses 5' 8 1/4" (1.74m) in the qualifying round of the high jump. Peters will await her fate as she as well as the other competitors are battling a stiff headwind. Peters still has an outside shot of making the finals.

It will in fact be the end of Tiyana Peters outdoor high jump career. Peters bows out at 5' 8 1/4" (1.74m) and will end a storied career including back to back Mountain West Conference titles indoors and outdoors. Peters will complete her eligibility in the winter with her last indoor season.