April 4, 2009
CLAREMONT, Calif. - Former University of New Mexico wide receiver Jermaine McQueen is quickly making a name for himself as one of the top sprinters in Lobo track and field history. The senior was the top collegiate finisher (second overall) in both the 200 and 100 meters today at the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational, clocking career-best times of 21.11 and 10.62, respectively.
McQueen became the first Lobo since 2003 to qualify for the NCAA regional championships in the 200, while moving into fifth on the UNM all-time performers list in the event. His time ranks seventh on the 2009 NCAA Division I descending order list entering the weekend.
Earlier in the day, he missed the regional qualifying standard by 0.07 seconds while jumping into sixth on the Lobos' all-time performers list in the 100.
McQueen, who transferred to UNM from Palomar College in the summer of 2007, is in his first full collegiate track season. The Raleigh, N.C. product trained with the team for just two weeks last spring before making his lone appearance of 2008 at the Mountain West Conference Championships.
He is coming off an all-MWC indoor season, capped by his bronze medal performance in the 200 at the 2009 MWC Indoor Championships.
Other New Mexico highlights on Saturday included:
-Junior Kim Perkins finishing third in the 400m hurdles with a career-best time of 1:01.35 - 0.53 shy of the regional qualifying standard
-Senior transfer Andrea Wright leading all collegians (third overall) with a time of 2:13.51 in the 800m
-Sophomore Ryan Steadman clocking a time of 1:51.90 in a third place finish in the 800m
-Freshman Dominick Roberts running a 48.56 to finish fourth in the 400
-Freshman Chad Clark finishing third in the 400 hurdles with a time of 54.16
-Junior Matthew Henry-Marshall placing third in the discus with a throw of 163' 1" (49.70m)