Jan. 30, 2004
After a two-year hiatus, the University of New Mexico men's and women's track and field teams head east to Lubbock, Texas this Saturday for the Red Raider Classic at the Texas Tech Athletic Training Center. This will be the first of the Lobos' six trips to the Lone Star State in 2004. UNM travels to Houston next Saturday, then is slated to spend four weekends in Texas during the outdoor season. The Red Raider Classic gets underway with the field events at 7 a.m. (MST), followed by the running events at 11:30 p.m.
Host Texas Tech highlights the field at the Red Raider Classic. The TTU men are currently 14th in the nation in the latest Trackwire Top-25 rankings, while the women boast a nationally-ranked high jumper and mile relay team.
For the second straight year, New Mexico got the indoor season off to a strong start at the Air Force Invitational.
Women's Notes: The UNM women's team tied or ecclipsed its 2003 season-best results in seven events last weekend...the distance medley relay team of junior Jacquelyne Gallegos, freshman Riann Lucy, sophomore Nicole Hansen-Solum and senior Amanda Swann broke a 5-year-old school record with a winning altitude adjusted time of 12:28.95...Lucy's 800 time (2:20.93) and Gallegos' time in the 3,000 (10:15.07) were the fastest in head coach Matt Henry's four-year tenure...junior Jamie Fishencord, meanwhile, reclaimed her school weight throw record from teammate Amanda Barnes with a toss of 51-10.50 in the event.
Men's Notes: Senior Chris Garofola bettered his 2003 indoor record in the 60-meter hurdles, clocking an altitude adjusted time of 8.19 in the finals of the Air Force Invite...Garofola finished .01 seconds off his 60-meter record and was also .01 off his career-best 200 time...senior Jason Barkemeyer's mark of 54-06.50 in the shot put was the best in head coach Matt Henry's tenure...senior Mark Johnson and sophomore Dan Feltman finished fifth and sixth, respectively, as the first Lobos to compete in the indoor heptathlon, which replaced the men's pentathlon this year in NCAA indoor competition.
MEET INFORMATION/RESULTSComplete information and results from the 14th annual Air Force Invitational will be available at the official athletic department website of Texas Tech University:
GOOD LUCK MATT!Junior Matt Gonzales will pull double duty during the 2004 indoor season as he prepares to compete against the top American distance runners for a spot on the USA national cross country team. Gonzales will travel to Indianapolis on Feb. 7 for the cross country team trials, where he will compete in a 4,000-meter race. The top six finishers in the 4K will be selected for the 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 the Santa Fe native. Gonzales 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.
2003 RECORD BREAKERSAfter 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.