Lobos Return To Golden State For Two-Day Meet At Cal
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  04/23/2009
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

April 23, 2009

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The University of New Mexico track and field team will send a full squad to California's Brutus Hamilton Invitational (Friday-Saturday), while senior Jarrin Solomon will don the Trinidad and Tobago red and white for an international 4x400-meter relay race on Saturday at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia. The Lobos are coming off one of the most successful weekends in recent program history as nine athletes recorded NCAA regional or provisional qualifying times at the Mt. SAC Relays and Solomon clocked a lifetime best in the 400m at Baylor.

It'll be a rare midseason international race for Solomon when he the rest of the Trinidad and Tobago team take part in the "USA vs. The World" competition on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. (Mountain) at Franklin Field. Solomon, who holds dual citizenship in the U.S. and Trinidad and Tobago, competed with the T & T 4x400 team at the 2008 IAAF World Championships in Osaka, Japan.

Senior Lee Emanuel, who captured his second straight Mountain West Conference Athlete of the Week award on Tuesday, will sit out this week before running his second 1,500 of the year at Stanford on May 2. Emanuel leads the nation with a school record time of 3:37.99 in the event.


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Schedule: The competition opens at noon on Friday and continues all day on Saturday. Final results should be available at the University of California's official athletics department website around 10 p.m. (Mountain). Check www.GoLobos.com on Sunday morning for a complete recap of all the New Mexico highlights.

Berkeley Weather Report: The forecast for Friday and Saturday call for sunny skies and highs in the mid 60s. Both days will be a little breezy at times, but there is virtually no chance of rain throughout the weekend.


New Mexico has already smashed its program record with 15 athletes qualified for the 2009 NCAA Midwest Regional Championships. Last year, UNM tied the program record with 13 individuals qualified for the regional meet. The group of 15 includes 10 men and five women.

An additional four athletes (two men, two women) have reached the NCAA provisional qualifying standard in the 10,000 meters. The 10K and multi-event competitions are the only events not contested at the regional meets.


Senior Lee Emanuel was selected as the Mountain West Conference Men's Outdoor Track & Field Athlete of the Week the conference office announced on April 21. Emanuel earned the award for the second straight week, giving him a school record three MWC Athlete of the Week awards in 2009. His five career MWC awards (indoor/outdoor) - all since 2008 - are three more than any other athlete in UNM history.

The New Mexico men have captured seven Athlete of the Week awards over the past three years after winning just six times from 2000-06.


Day Two
Simply dominant. That's the only way to describe Lee Emanuel's performance at the 51st Mt. SAC Relays on April 17. The University of New Mexico senior broke a 30-year old school record, 13-year old meet record, and ran the fastest 1,500-meter time in the nation, crossing the line in 3:37.99 - over three seconds ahead of the runner-up in the elite invitational section.

It was the first 1,500 of the season for Emanuel, who won the NCAA gold medal in the mile last month. Washington senior Austin Abott, who entered the meet as the national leader in the event, was the nearest collegiate runner, finishing third, nearly four seconds off the pace (3:41.70).

Emanuel's time was the second-fastest in Mountain West Conference history, trailing only former national champion Bryan Berryhill, who ran a 3:37.05 en route to the NCAA 1,500 title in 2001. The Hastings, England product smashed his previous best in the event by nearly three seconds and broke Lobo All-American Kip Koskei's record by 0.69 seconds.

Earlier in the day, junior Ashley Gibson moved into fourth place on the UNM all-time 1,500 performers list and became the first Lobo woman to qualify for the NCAA regional meet in the event with a time of 4:23.96. The Loughborough, England product finished fifth in the Olympic development section, clocking the fastest time by a Lobo since 1991.

True freshman Ross Millington (Stockport, England) secured his spot in the NCAA regional field as well with a time of 3:45.04 - seventh on the UNM all-time performers list.

The action was fast and furious in the late night 5,000-meter races. Junior Rory Fraser (Leicester, England) became the third Lobo and third runner in MWC history to run under 13:40 in the 5K, clocking an NCAA regional qualifying and career-best time of 13:39.85 in the invitational section (18th). It was Fraser's first race since finishing 11th in the 5K at the NCAA Indoor Championships on March 13.

Fellow junior Nicky Archer continued her stellar outdoor season with a regional qualifying time of 16:47.38 in the women's Olympic development race (18th). Archer (Cheshire, England) moved into fourth on the UNM all-timer performers list in the 5K.

Three more UNM men joined Fraser in punching their NCAA regional tickets. Junior transfer Chris Barnicle clocked a career-best time of 14:00.16 - 8th on the Lobos' all-timer performers list - in the Olympic development race (15th). Senior Mat Ashton ran a career-best 14:05.66 - 10th all-time at UNM - in the open/university section (16th) and junior teammate Jacob Kirwa slipped under the regional qualifying standard with a time of 14:11.82 (21st).

Earlier in the day, redshirt freshman Alex Darling (Albuquerque, N.M.) clocked a season-best 4:32.52 - five seconds shy of the NCAA regional qualifying standard - in the university/open section of the 1,500m.

Day One
Junior Michelle Corrigan moved into third on the Lobos' all-time performers list with a strong NCAA provisional qualifying and career-best time of 34:12.31 in the 10,000 meters on April 16 at the Mt. SAC Relays. Corrigan, who redshirted last spring, finished 12th in her first full outdoor race since 2007.

Only Kathy Pfiefer (34:06.9 - 1984) and All-American Tangi Galloway (34:07.01 - 1996) ever ran a 10,000 faster for the Lobos than the Green Bay, Wisc. product did on Thursday night.

Earlier in the evening, sophomore Alex Willis smashed his career best with a time of 9:10.00 en route to a third place finish in his section of the 3,000 steeplechase. Willis' time was just three seconds shy of the NCAA regional qualifying standard. .

Michael Johnson Classic
Senior Jarrin Solomon ran a lifetime best 46.27 to finish fifth in the premier 400 section on April 18 at the Michael Johnson Classic hosted by Baylor. The Albuquerque La Cueva product moved up to fourth on the MWC all-time performers list and was exactly half a second shy of his father Michael's 1976 UNM record (45.77) .


The New Mexico men moved up 18 spots to No. 38 while the women check in at No. 49 in the week three USATFCCCA national team rankings. There are 198 teams currently ranked on the women's list and 193 on the men's side. The Lobos are fourth among the nine women's teams in the MWC and third among the six men's teams in the league.


The 2009 Lobos have put their name on the school's top-10 performers list in 13 events so far this spring, including school records for Lee Emanuel in the 1,500 and Katie Coronado in the javelin. Here's the rest of the top-10 performers this year:

Men's 100 Meters
6. Jermaine McQueen - 10.62 - 2009

Men's 200 Meters
5. Jermaine McQueen - 21.11 - 2009

Men's 400 Meters
5. Jarrin Solomon - 46.27 - 2009

Men's 1,500 Meters
1. Lee Emanuel - 3:37.99 - 2009
7. Ross Millington - 3:45.04 - 2009
10. David Bishop - 3:46.79 - 2009

Men's 5,000 Meters
3. Rory Fraser - 13:39.85 - 2009
8. Chris Barnicle - 14:00.16 - 2009
10. Mat Ashton - 14:05.66 - 2009

Men's 10,000 Meters
7. Chris Barnicle - 28:58.96 - 2009

Women's 1,500 Meters
4. Ashley Gibson - 4:23.96 - 2009

Women's 5,000 Meters
4. Nicky Archer - 16:47.38 - 2009

Women's 10,000 Meters
3. Michelle Corrigan - 34:12.31 - 2009
5. Nicky Archer - 34:32.21 - 2009

Women's Triple Jump
8. Asal Salehpoor - 38-08.25 - 2009

Women's Hammer
5. Tami Williams - 145-04 - 2009

Women's Javelin
1. Katie Coronado - 181-00 - 2009


Head coach Joe Franklin announced that junior All-American Deanna Young (triple jump/long jump) will undergo knee surgery and will redshirt the 2009 outdoor season. Senior Sandy Fortner, the 2008 MWC pentathlon/heptathlon champion, will continue to redshirt outdoors while she recovers from a knee injury.

Junior long jumper/sprinter Alesha Walker, however, will return to action after redshirting the 2009 indoor season. Walker was the `09 outdoor MWC runner-up in the long jump and holds the school record in the event with a top mark of 21-04.00.


Former University of New Mexico distance standout Matt Gonzales was named to the Mountain West Conference 10th Anniversary Men's Outdoor Track & Field Team. Gonzales earned All-America honors in the 10,000 meters at the 2003 and 2004 NCAA Outdoor Championships, and won the 2004 MWC 5,000m title.

Gonzales was the first national track star under former head coach Matt Henry and helped spark the resurrection of the UNM men's program. The Santa Fe, N.M. product snapped a 12-year All-America drought for the Lobos with his third place finish in the 10K at the 2003 NCAA Championships. He went on to finish fourth in the event the following year to become New Mexico's first two-time All-American in the 10,000.

Gonzales still holds the UNM outdoor record in the 5,000 (13:35.59) and ranks fourth all-time at New Mexico in the 10,000 (28:17.46).

He also became the program's first NCAA regional champion with his stunning victory in the 1,500m at the 2003 NCAA Midwest Championships in Lincoln, Neb. The 5-5 Gonzales ran the fastest time of the day in the prelims and came back to shock the field again with a time of 3:42.83 that remains sixth on the UNM all-time list.

He won his lone MWC track title in 2004, cruising to the gold medal in the 5,000 in Las Vegas.

Gonzales was also named to the MWC 10th Anniversary Cross Country Team during the fall.

The 10th Anniversary Team is selected by a panel of media, institutional, and conference personnel, and an online fan poll. In order to be eligible for consideration, candidates must have won an individual title at the Mountain West Conference Championship and/or attained All-American status at least once in their careers.


The 2009 outdoor season marks the 50th anniversary of Dick Howard's NCAA gold medal in the 400-meter hurdles. Howard clocked a time of 50.6 to become the Lobos' first NCAA track and field champion at the `59 meet in Lincoln, Neb. His performance helped the UNM men finish 10th in the team standings and marked the arrival of a new national power in track and field.

The Lobos went on to win five more gold medals and notch five top-20 finishes, including two fifth place finishes, over the next seven years. UNM also won four straight Western Athletic Conference titles from 1964-67.

Howard went on to win the bronze medal in the 400 hurdles at the 1960 Rome Olympics, finishing behind teammates Glenn Davis and Cliff Cushman. Howard died in 1967 at age 32.