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Improving Lobos To Take On Talented Field At Houston Indoor Invite
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  02/05/2004
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Feb. 5, 2004

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UPCOMING

The University of New Mexico will look to keep its indoor momentum going when the UNM men and women return to Texas for the Houston Indoor Invitational on Saturday. After a pair of strong showings at Air Force and Texas Tech, the travelling Lobos join a strong field in their second scoring meet of the 2004 season. The field events at Yeoman Field House get underway at 8 a.m. (MST), followed by the running events at 10.

Former Cougar Leroy Burrell, a two-time world record holder in the 100-meter dash, is in his sixth year as the Houston head coach. In 1992, Burrell and Carl Lewis, another Houston alumn, led the USA 4x100 relay team to a gold medal at the Barcelona Olympics with a world record time of 37.40 seconds. Fittingly, the 2004 Cougars feature a tremendous men's and women's sprint group, including nationally-ranked men Stanford Routte (60m, 200m) and Carey LeCour (200m).

The Lobos' indoor season continues on Feb. 14 with a triangular competition in Flagstaff, Ariz. between UC-Irvine and host Northern Arizona. The 2004 Mountain West Conference Championships will then run Feb. 26-28 at Cadet Field House in Colorado Springs, Colo.

MEET INFORMATION/RESULTS

Complete information and results from the Houston Indoor Invitational will be available at the official athletic department website of the University of Houston:

University of Houston Department of Athletics

HOUSTON CONNECTIONS

Several New Mexico athletes and administrators have ties to the Houston area. At the top of the list is UNM director of athletics Rudy Davalos who served in same capacity at Houston from 1987-92.

Lobo athletes Jeremy Davis (Booker T. Washington HS), Jai McBride (Westbury HS) and Brandilyn Williams (Ross. S. Sterling HS) are all from Houston, while Kimilia Davis (Bellaire HS) and Brandie Mills (Hightower HS) are from nearby Bellaire and Missouri City, respectively.

LAST TIME

LUBBOCK, Texas -- Senior Jason Barkemeyer and junior Jacquelyne Gallegos took home gold medals in the shot put and 3,000 meters to help the University of New Mexico track and field team cap a solid performance at the Red Raider Classic on Saturday. Barkemeyer recorded a personal-best mark of 56-06.00 to win the shot, while Gallegos breezed to victory with a career-best time of 10:07.09.

Gallegos and teammate Timmie Murphy (10:26.81) finished 1-2 in the 3,000, with another Lobo, senior Sarah Gonzales (10:35.70), just off the pace in fifth. The trio also put forth a strong effort in the mile, finishing third, sixth and seventh, respectively. Gallegos clocked a time of 5:08.55, the fastest by a Lobo this year, while Murphy recorded a season-best time of 5:16.92.

Barkemeyer, meanwhile, continued his stellar start to the 2004 season by smashing his personal records in both the shot put and weight throw. The Belen, N.M. native was also third in the weight throw with a toss of 51-07.00.

Several Lobos enjoyed career days in the field, including sophomore Derek Mackel. Mackel soared a personal-best 16-01.25 in the pole vault to finish fourth, one spot ahead of former teammate Chris Ashcraft of Texas Tech. Senior decathlete Mark Johnson cleared 15-07.25 to finish tied for fifth. Junior Willie Yuen, meanwhile, recorded an impressive mark of 45-11.25 to place fourth in the triple jump.

Juniors Amanda Barnes and Jamie Fishencord continued the momentum on the women's side with second place finishes in the shot put and weight throw, respectively. Barnes recorded a mark of 45-10.50, while Fishencord threw 51-04.25 in the weight throw to edge Barnes, who was third with a mark of 50-03.50.

Back on the track, freshman Riann Lucy flew to a fourth place time of 2:19.35 in the 800. Teammate Jaime Hall was eighth with a time of 2:23.23.

On the men's side, senior Chris Garofola's time of 21.86 was good for fourth in the 200, while fellow senior Matt Bishop was fifth in the 800 with a strong time of 1:55.44. The Lobos dominated the mile, as Nick Martinez, Sean Flaherty and Leighton Katsuda finished 2-3-4. Martinez clocked a time of 4:19.52, just ahead of Flaherty (4:20.32) and Katsuda (4:27.60). Katsuda, a senior from Wailuku, Hawai'I, also led a solid UNM effort in the 3,000, teaming with freshman Juan Ortega to finish fourth (9:03.37) and fifth (9:09.26), respectively.

MWC ATHLETE OF THE WEEK NOMINEES

Women: Jacquelyne Gallegos, a sophomore in indoor eligibility, picked up her first career indoor victory last Saturday, winning the 3,000-meter run at the Red Raider Classic. It was also Gallegos' first collegiate victory since March of 2002. The third year runner missed virtually all of the 2002-03 cross country and track seasons after suffering a broken back and pelvis in an auto accident in September of 2002. In addition, her 3,000 time of 10:07.09 was the fastest run in head coach Matt Henry's four-year tenure. Gallegos also finished third in the mile on Saturday, clocking a time of 5:08.55, also the fastest under Henry.

Men: Senior Jason Barkemeyer earned his first career indoor victory as well last Saturday, winning the shot put at the Red Raider Classic with a toss of 56-06.00. Barkemeyer, whose previous best indoor shot put finish was 9th at the 2003 MWC Championships, also recorded the best mark in the event in Henry's tenure. Barkemeyer added a career-best third place finish in the weight throw as well, recording a mark of 51-07.00 which, again, was the best under under Henry.

LOBO NOTES

Sophomore (indoor) Derek Mackel became the second Lobo under Matt Henry to clear 16 feet indoors in the pole vault with his personal-best mark of 16-01.25 last Saturday at Texas Tech...senior Branden Bennett notched the team's best mark of 17-04.50 in his only indoor performance last year...with her converted 60m dash time of 8.02 (converted from 55 meters) last Saturday, sophomore Kimilia Davis now owns the Lobos' top times in all three sprint distances (60, 200, 400)...Davis also ran the lead leg for the UNM 4x400m team of Davis, Brandie Mills, Riann Lucy and Jaime Hall, which clocked a 3:58.52, the Lobos' fastest time in three years...back in the field, junior Willie Yuen surpassed his indoor best in the triple jump by six inches at the Red Raider Classic, flying 45-11.25 to finish fourth.

GOOD LUCK MATT!

Junior Matt Gonzales will travel to Indianapolis this Saturday, Feb. 7, to compete at the USA Cross Country Championships, where he will compete in a 4,000-meter race. The top six finishers in the 4K will be automatically selected for the USA national team, which will compete at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Brussels, Belgium in late March.

This will be the second national team trials competition for Gonzales. The Santa Fe native finished 11th in the 10,000 meters at the 2003 USA Track and Field Championships, just one week after earning All-America honors with his third place finish at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.

Gonzales also earned cross country All-America honors for New Mexico as a sophomore when he finished 30th at the 2001 NCAA Championships. He redshirted the 2003 cross country season and will return in 2004 as a senior.

2003 RECORD BREAKERS

After establishing four indoor school records in 2002, the New Mexico men and women barely let the ink dry before resuming their assault on the record book. Six new standards were established in 2003, including a remarkable five school records set at the 2003 indoor season-opener, the Air Force Invitational.

On the women's side, senior Keren Sari-Bentzur bettered her own pentathlon record twice, scoring 3,771 at the Air Force Invite, then 3,845 at the MWC Championships. Her conference meet score was 118 points higher than her 2002 record and 151 above her first record-setting score in 2001. Sophomore transfer Bridgid Isworth eclipsed teammate Amber Nolte's 2002 record in the pole vault in every meet this season, setting the new standard with a vault of 13-02.50 at the MWC Championships, over a foot above Nolte's mark. Sophomore Amanda Barnes bettered Myra Smith's 13-year-old record in the shot put by 0.75 inches, recording a throw of 47-00.25 at the MWC Championships. Barnes and fellow sophomore Jamie Fishencord also traded weight throw records with Barnes, the first woman ever to compete in the event at UNM, finally recording the top throw of 49-09.25 at the conference meet.

For the men, junior Chris Garofola smashed Justin Massey's 2001 record in the 60-meter hurdles, clocking a new standard of 8.22 in the finals of the Air Force Invite. The men's distance medley relay team of sophomores Cameron Clarke, Matt Gonzales, Ben Ortega and senior transfer Mike Pestorich also surpassed the Lobos' 2002 record time by over four seconds, clocking a time of 10:11.60 at the meet. Garofola etched his name on the record books once again, eclipsing Larry Davis' two-year old mark in the 60m dash with a time of 6.96 in the finals of the Husker Invitational.

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