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Lobos Will Send Record 11 To NCAA Outdoor Championships
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  06/02/2009
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

June 2, 2009

2009 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships: Men's Field | Women's Field

INDIANAPOLIS - The University of New Mexico will send the biggest contingent in school history to NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships next week. Eleven Lobos - seven men and four women - were announced by the NCAA today to compete in the national championship meet which will be held June 10-13 in Fayetteville, Ark.

It's the most combined men's and women's qualifiers UNM has ever sent to the NCAA Outdoor Championships, which combined into one meet for both genders in 1982. New Mexico last sent seven men to the meet in 1978 and it's been 19 years since four women advanced.

Five Lobos secured automatic bids to the national meet at last weekend's NCAA Midwest Regional Championships, while six earned at-large berths today.

UNM has had a men's representative at the NCAA Outdoor Championships for seven straight years - the longest streak since a 10-year run when New Mexico established itself as a national track and field power from 1961-70. The Lobos have had 20 men's qualifiers since 2003 after qualifying just twice from 1993-2002.

After qualifying just four athletes from 1998-2006, the New Mexico women have qualified 10 over the past three years. It's the most qualifiers in program history in a three-year span.

Nineteen of the Lobos' 32 (59%) men's and women's NCAA Outdoor qualifiers since 2000 have been from the state of New Mexico. Seventeen of the 28 (61%) qualifiers over the past five years hail from the Land of Enchantment. New Mexico's last six outdoor All-America awards have been earned by in-state products.

New Mexico's 2009 NCAA Outdoor Championship Qualifiers
Breakdown By Event:
Long Distance - 6
Javelin - 2
Middle Distance - 2
Sprints - 1

Breakdown By Country/State:
United States - 5
New Mexico - 3 (Albuquerque - 2)
Great Britain - 5
Kenya - 1

Breakdown By Class:
Seniors - 5
Juniors - 6

Senior Lee Emanuel (Hastings, England) - 1,500 meters (No. 2 seed)
• Second NCAA Outdoor appearance
• 16th in the 1,500m semifinals in 2008
• 2009 NCAA Indoor mile champion (entered the meet as the No. 5 seed)
• School record time of 3:37.25 on May 2 at Stanford
• First Lobo 1,500 runner with multiple NCAA appearances

Senior Katie Coronado (Ruidoso, N.M.) - Javelin (No. 4 seed)
• Third NCAA Outdoor appearance - matching javelin thrower Sarah Nicholson (1995-97) for the most in program history
• 2008 national runner-up - the highest finish ever by a UNM woman at the NCAA meet - and 16th in 2007
• School record throw of 181' (55.18m) on April 4 at Texas
• Two-time NCAA Midwest Regional champion and three-time Mountain West Conference champion

Junior Rory Fraser (Leicester, England) - 5,000 meters (No. 7 seed)
• First NCAA Outdoor appearance; second NCAA trip overall
• Matched his seed with an 11th place finish in the 5K at the 2009 NCAA Indoor Championships
• He and fellow junior Jacob Kirwa will be the first UNM men to run the 5,000 at the NCAA Outdoor Championships since 1989
• Lobos have never qualified two 5,000 runners to the NCAA Outdoor meet in the same season
• Career-best time of 13:39.85 - third all-time at UNM - on April 17 in Walnut, Calif.
• First UNM long distance runner to qualify for NCAA Indoor and Outdoor meets in the same year

Senior Mat Ashton (Oxford, England) - 10,000 meters (No. 16 seed)
• Second NCAA Outdoor appearance; third NCAA appearance overall
• 10th in the 10K at the 2008 NCAA Championships
• Ran the mile anchor leg for the UNM distance medley relay team (18th) at the 2009 NCAA Indoor meet
• He and junior Chris Barnicle give the Lobos two men in the NCAA 10K race for the second straight year and it's the third straight year with at least one Lobo in the 10K
• New Mexico's first four NCAA 10K qualifiers have all finished in the top-10 (six times), with three earning All-America honors (five times)
• Career-best time of 28:50.93 - sixth all-time at UNM - on May 2 at Stanford

Senior Jarrin Solomon (Albuquerque, N.M.) - 400 meters (No. 16 seed)
• Second NCAA Outdoor appearance; third NCAA trip overall
• First Lobo to qualify twice in the outdoor 400m (Adolph Plummer qualified twice in the 440 yards in 1961 & `62)
• Lone sprinter from the state of New Mexico to represent UNM at the NCAA Championships
• Finished 17th - eight spots higher than his seed - at the 2007 NCAA Outdoor meet, missing the semifinals by one-hundredth of a second
• Earned All-America honors with a fifth place finish - three spots above his seed - at the 2009 NCAA Indoor Championships
• Career-best and MWC Championship record time of 45.89 (altitude adjusted; 45.68 raw) on May 17 in Laramie, Wyo.
• No. 2 on the UNM all-time outdoor 400m performers list behind his father, Michael (45.77 in 1976)
• Two-time all-Midwest Region honoree and three-time MWC champion (two outdoor) in the 400
• Redshirted all of 2008
• Member of the Trinidad & Tobago national team (dual citizenship with the U.S.)
• Career-best split of 44.86 on April 25 to lead T&T in the nationally-televised "USA vs. The World" 4x400 relay race at the Penn Relays

Senior Anthony Fairbanks (Albuquerque, N.M.) - Javelin (No. 16 seed)
• First NCAA appearance
• First UNM men's javelin thrower since 2005 to advance and sixth javelin thrower to qualify since Buster Quist became the program's first All-American in 1958
• Won the NCAA Midwest Regional title on May 29 in Norman, Okla. with a school and MWC record-setting throw of 225' 9" (68.81m)
• Had never finished higher than seventh in three prior regional appearances

Junior Chris Barnicle (Newton, Mass.) - 10,000 meters (No. 20 seed)
• First NCAA Outdoor appearance; second NCAA meet overall
• 15th in the 5,000m at the 2008 NCAA Indoor Championships as a sophomore at Arkansas
• Debut season as a Lobo - did not compete outdoors in 2008 and redshirted the 2009 indoor season
• Career-best time of 28:53.20 - seventh all-time at UNM - on May 2 at Stanford
• Two-time all-region 5,000 runner (2009 Midwest, 2007 Mideast)
• Fifth Lobo to qualify (eight times) for the NCAA 10K, including four qualifiers (seven races) since 2003
• He and senior Mat Ashton give the Lobos two men in the NCAA 10K race for the second straight year and it's the third straight year with at least one Lobo in the 10K
• New Mexico's first four NCAA 10K qualifiers have all finished in the top-10 (six times), with three earning All-America honors (five times)

Junior Michelle Corrigan (Green Bay, Wisc.) - 10,000 meters (No. 20 seed)
• First NCAA Outdoor appearance
• She and fellow junior Nicky Archer will be the first UNM women to qualify in the 10K since 1997
• The Lobos haven't had two women qualify in the same event since 1990 and have never had two long distance runners qualify in the same year
• Career-best time of 34:12.31 - third all-time at UNM - on April 16 in Walnut, Calif.
• Second on the team (85th overall) for the UNM women (18th) at the 2008 NCAA Cross Country Championships
• Redshirted the 2008 outdoor season - her first spring as a Lobo after transferring from Mississippi State in the fall of 2007

Junior Jacob Kirwa (Eldoret, Kenya) - 5,000 meters (No. 23 seed)
• First NCAA appearance
• He and fellow junior Rory Fraser will be the first UNM men to run the 5,000 at the NCAA Outdoor Championships since 1989
• Lobos have never qualified two 5,000 runners to the NCAA Outdoor meet in the same season
• Career-best time of 14:02.51 - ninth all-time at UNM - in a runner-up performance at the NCAA Midwest Regional meet on May 29 in Norman, Okla.
• Won the MWC 5K title with an altitude adjusted 14:05.31 on May 16 in Laramie, Wyo.
• Also earned silver in the 10K to lead the Lobos in scoring at the MWC meet
• First official collegiate track season after spending his first two years at USCAA affiliated (cross country only) Diné College

Junior Nicky Archer (Cheshire, England) - 10,000 meters (No. 25 seed)
• First NCAA Outdoor appearance
• She and fellow junior Michelle Corrigan will be the first UNM women to qualify in the 10K since 1997
• The Lobos haven't had two women qualify in the same event since 1990 and have never had two long distance runners qualify in the same year
• Career-best time of 34:32.21 - fifth all-time at UNM - on March 27 at Stanford
• All-Midwest Region honoree in the 5,000 (eighth) and Lobos' high-point woman at the MWC Championships (14)
• Led the UNM women (18th) at the 2008 NCAA Cross Country Championships with a 56th place finish - the best by a Lobo at the NCAA meet since 1988

Junior Ashley Gibson (Newcastle, England) - 1,500 meters (No. 25 seed)
• First NCAA Outdoor appearance
• First UNM woman ever to qualify for the NCAA meet in the 1,500
• Season-best 4:23.96 - fourth all-time at UNM - recorded on April 17 in Walnut, Calif.
• Career-best of 4:23.7 in July of 2008 in England
• All-Midwest Region honoree in the 1,500 (third)
• No. 5 runner (34th overall) for the UNM women (18th) at the 2008 NCAA Cross Country Championships

Thursday, April 17
All Day - 
Track & Field
at Mt. SAC Relays
Saturday, April 19
All Day - 
Track & Field
at Long Beach State Invitational
Friday, April 25
All Day - 
Track & Field
at Brutus Hamilton Invitational
Friday, May 02
All Day - 
Track & Field
vs. Don Kirby Tailwind Open
Sunday, May 04
All Day - 
Track & Field
at Payton Jordan Invitational
Thursday, May 08
All Day - 
Track & Field
at Air Force Twilight Invitational
Wednesday, May 14
All Day - 
Track & Field
at Mountain West Outdoor Track & Field Championships
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