Jan. 26, 2008
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Redshirt freshman transfer Brock Hagerman and sophomore Nick Argüelles finished 1-2 in the mile run as the University of New Mexico's distance runners took center stage last night at Northern Arizona's Friday Night Challenge meet. Hagerman and Argüelles were two of several Lobos who made their season debut in Friday's split squad competition.
Hagerman clocked an altitude adjusted time of 4:12.74 - three seconds faster than Argüelles (career best 4:15.92) - to win his first race on the track as a Lobo. The Notre Dame transfer was an all-Mountain Region and second team all-Mountain West Conference honoree for New Mexico during the 2007 cross country season.
Redshirt freshman Ryan Steadman continued his strong debut season, clocking an altitude adjusted time of 1:53.22 to finish third in the 800-meter run. Sophomore Brian Vallie, the MWC outdoor runner-up in the event last year, clocked a season-best time of 1:54.76 (altitude adjusted) to finish fifth.
On the women's side, senior transfer Kara Henry clocked a career best time of 5:10.37 (altitude adjusted) to finish third in the mile in her UNM track debut. The Horizon League steeplechase champion at Butler University last year, Henry was the No. 2 runner for the Lobo cross country team during the fall.
New Mexico's success wasn't limited to the distance events, however, with a number of strong efforts in the sprints and field events.
Sophomore Matthew Henry-Marshall destroyed his previous best in the weight throw, recording a mark of 54' 2 1/2" (16.52m) to finish fifth in the event. Henry-Marshall, who surpassed the 48-foot mark for the first time last week (48' 3 1/2"), recorded the best throw by a Lobo in over a decade to put himself among the MWC leaders in the event this winter.
Elsewhere in the field, junior Briana Paxton finished fourth in the shot put (42' 11 3/4" - 13.10m) and fifth in the weight throw (47' 3 1/2" - 14.41m), while junior Whitney Johnson and sophomore Aditi Majumdar were third and fourth, respectively, in the pole vault. Johnson continued her steady improvement in her first season since undergoing major knee surgery in 2006, clearing a season-best 11' 6 1/4" (3.51). Majumdar, meanwhile, matched her career-best with a vault of 11' 1/4" (3.36m).
Back on the track, promising rookie Chris Keeling clocked a season-best time of 7.05 (altitude adjusted) to finish fifth in the 60 and came back to place sixth in the 200 (22.59). His older sister Christyn, a redshirt freshman, placed sixth in the 60 with an altitude adjusted time of 7.96 in her official Lobo debut.