March 19, 2005
TUCSON, Ariz. - Senior Amanda Barnes smashed her own school record in the shot put by over a foot as the University of New Mexico throwers took center stage on the first day of the 22nd Willie Williams Classic Friday evening at Roy P. Drachman Stadium. Barnes was one of three Lobos to secure a spot in the NCAA Midwest Region Championship field in the first meet of the outdoor season, winning the shot put with a toss of 52-01.25. Fifth-year senior Jordan Parker recorded a career-best mark of 55-03.00 to earn his first regional berth, while junior Jessica McIntyre threw the javelin 144-10 to qualify in her UNM debut.
Coming off her finest indoor season, Barnes picked up where she left off, defeating the runner-up, Arizona's Kelli Burton, by a full 19 inches. The Carlsbad, N.M. native surpassed the 50-foot mark in the event for the second time in her career after winning the 2003 Mountain West Conference title with a toss of 50-11.00. It was her 11th career outdoor victory and ninth win in the shot put.
Parker, meanwhile, destroyed his previous best in the shot (49-01.50) by over six feet to finish fourth in his first competition since May of 2003. After completing his indoor eligibility, Parker redshirted the 2004 outdoor season. He is the second men's thrower to qualify for the regional meet under fifth-year head coach Matt Henry, joining former teammate Jason Barkemeyer (2003, '04).
McIntyre, a former standout at Farmington High School, got her Lobo career off to a fine start as she became the third UNM woman in the last two seasons to surpass the regional qualifying standard in the javelin. McIntyre finished fourth overall, two spots ahead of senior teammate Veronica R. Gonzales (139-07).
On the track, sophomore Riann Lucy clocked a strong 800-meter time of 2:13.48 to place fifth, while junior Timmie Murphy finished fourth in the 5,000 with a time of 18:00.04. Senior Nick Martinez led the men's effort on the oval with a third place finish in the 1,500 (3:58.27).
Saturday's action included fifth place finishes by junior Kimilia Davis (400 - 56.77) and freshman Whitney Johnson (pole vault - 11-05.75). Barnes came back to place fourth in the discus with a solid early-season throw of 148-06, while Parker just missed his second PR with a mark of 163-00 in the discus (7th).