Feltman, Fortner Both Finish Sixth In Zia Classic Multis
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  01/27/2006
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Jan. 27, 2006

Men's Heptathlon Results
Women\'s\ Pentathlon\ Results

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - University of New Mexico senior Dan Feltman recorded a career-best score of 4,612 to finish sixth in the men's heptathlon on a historic final day of the Zia Classic Multis at the Albuquerque Convention Center. Texas junior Trey Hardee made the most of his first competition at Albuquerque's world-class indoor track facility, shattering teammate Donovan Kilmartin's collegiate record with a winning score of 6,208. Kilmartin was second with a score of 5,870, well over the NCAA automatic qualifying standard.

Meanwhile, in the women's pentathlon, New Mexico freshman Sandy Fortner placed sixth (3,403) in her collegiate debut. UT-San Antonio's Ryanne Dupree, the nation's eighth-ranked pentathlete, won all five events en route to a score of 4,035, which was just 15 points shy of the automatic qualifying standard.

After missing virtually all of the 2005 indoor season due to injury, Feltman turned in a solid performance over the two-day heptathlon, setting or matching his indoor personal bests in the shot put, high jump, pole vault and 1,000-meter run. Today he clocked a time of 8.92 in the 60m hurdles (8th), cleared an indoor best 14-01.25 in the pole vault (T6th) and knocked 22 seconds off his PR with a time of 3:11.32 in the 1,000 (10th).

Fortner, a rookie out of Fort Sumner, N.M., displayed outstanding promise in her first pentathlon. Her 3,403 points were the most by a Lobo since current coach Keren Bentzur had 3,845 to win the 2003 Mountain West Conference title. Fortner turned in her best performance in the shot put, finishing third with a mark of 36-05.00. She placed fifth in the final two events of the day, the long jump (17-11.00) and 800-meter run (2:35.39).

The red-hot Hardee picked up where he left off on Thursday, scorching the field with a time of 7.87 in the 60-meter hurdles and dominating the pole vault as well with a mark of 17-04.50. Needing a 1,000-meter time of 3:02 or less to reach the NCAA record, Hardee completed the five laps in 2:55.16, three seconds behind unattached athlete Nate Koch. Hardee won five of the seven events over the two-day competition to better Kilmartin's 2004 record by 72 points.

The track and field action at the Albuquerque Convention Center continues on Saturday with the University of New Mexico Invitational. Thirteen teams, including No. 15 Texas Tech (men) will comprise the field of the Lobos' second invitational home meet of the year. The meet opens with the field events at 9 a.m., followed by the first event on the track at 10 a.m. Tickets are available at the door - $3 for adults, $2 for students and free for ages 5 and under.