April 20, 2007
UPCOMINGThe University of New Mexico begins the final stretch of the regular season this weekend when it travels to San Diego for the UC San Diego Triton Invitational. Over 1,700 athletes are expected to be among the field of the meet, which begins today and finishes on Saturday. New Mexico will be looking to add to its list of seven NCAA regional qualifiers so far during the 2007 season.
THE UCSD TRITON INVITATIONAL AT A GLANCEResults: Final meet results will be available online at: www.ucsdtritons.com.
Schedule: The meet begins this morning at 11 a.m. (Mountain) with the first of five field events on Friday's schedule. The action resumes on Saturday at 11 a.m. The meet is expected to wrap up around 8 p.m. All events will be held at Triton Track & Field Stadium on the UC San Diego campus.
Weather: Conditions in San Diego will be challenging at times this weekend with the forecast calling for steady rain and wind (10-20 mph) on Friday with a high of 58 degrees. Saturday, however, should be quite a bit better with no rain expected, partly cloudy skies and highs to reach the low 60s. Wind speeds should be manageable at 11 mph.
Last Time at the UCSD Triton Invitational: New Mexican's Ariel Burr (200m), Jarrin Solomon (400m), Leslie Luna (5,000m) and Anthony Fairbanks (javelin) each turned in gold medal performances to lead the Lobos at the 2006 UC San Diego Triton Invitational. Burr won for the second straight week, but notched her first victory in the 200. Solomon won for the first time in his career, while Luna was victorious in her first outdoor race as a Lobo. Fairbanks, meanwhile, notched the second victory of his stellar rookie season.
After her school-record 400-meter run the week before, Burr flew through the finish line with a career-best and team-leading time of 24.11 in her first 200 of the spring. The Carrizozo, N.M. product finished ahead of 57 other competitors and edged Cal State Northridge's Deanna Goodwin by 0.02 seconds at the line.
Solomon cruised in with a time of 47.57, 0.68 seconds ahead of the nearest competitor. The Albuquerque La Cueva product had notched seven top-3 finishes in the outdoor 400 before finally breaking through with the victory.
Luna led a 1-4-5 New Mexico finish in the 5,000m, the first outdoor race of her career, winning the race with a time of 17:09.70. Senior Jacquelyne Gallegos finished fourth (18:01.06), followed by sophomore Melanie Velarde (18:19.80). Fairbanks kept churning along with his fourth top-3 finish of the spring in the javelin. The former Albuquerque Highland standout threw 205' 8" to defeat the runner-up, Andrew Smith of Arizona State, by over a foot.
In other meet highlights for the Lobos:
-Sophomore Kristan Matison, a product of San Diego area Mt. Carmel High School, tied for fourth in the 100 (12.00) and recorded a then-season best time of 24.75 (2nd in section 2) in the 200.
-Sophomore Stasia Ploskonka knocked 16 seconds off her then-school record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, crossing the line with a time of 11:50.26 (9th).
-Sophomore Whitney Johnson tied her then-outdoor personal record in the pole vault for the second straight week with a mark of 12' 11 " (T4th), just one quarter of an inch shy of the UNM record.
-Freshman Katie Coronado finished third in the javelin, her fourth top-3 finish of the year, with a throw of 137' 11".
-Freshman Taylor Siemon clocked a then-season best time of 48.68 to finish second in his heat of the 400.
-Junior Randle McCain finished second in his heat with a team-leading time of 1:56.40 in the first 800-meter race of his career...sophomore teammate Kurt Henry lowered his best in the event this spring to 1:57.50.
-Freshman Josh Cosio placed seventh in the high jump with a leap of 6' 6 ".
-Senior Derek Mackel cleared 17' " to finish fourth in the pole vault.
-Senior Matt Keeran placed fourth in the javelin with a mark of 189' 10".