April 26, 2009
BERKELEY, Calif. - Senior Jermaine McQueen won the university section of the 100 meters at California's Brutus Hamilton Invitational with an NCAA regional qualifying time of 10.46 to lead the University of New Mexico at California's Brutus Hamilton Invitational on Saturday. McQueen's Mountain West Conference leading time was the fastest by a Lobo since 1986 and moved him up to third on the school's all-time performers list.
The former wide receiver for the UNM football team punched his ticket to the regional meet in the 200 meters earlier in the year.
McQueen's freshman teammate Thomas Trujillo (Rio Rancho, N.M.) clocked a season-best 10.84 to finish fourth in the 100.
McQueen and Trujillo's 100m Finals Race:
The duo also led the Lobo 4x100 relay team to a second place finish, behind the host Bears, with a time of 40.82. It's the second-fastest time in the MWC this year and moved the team into fifth on the all-time UNM performers list.
Junior Alesha Walker helped New Mexico sweep the 100, winning with a time of 12.01 in her season-debut in the event.
Senior Katie Coronado paced the Lobos' in the field, finishing second (top collegian) in the javelin with a throw of 156' 4" (47.66m).
Across the country in Philadelphia, meanwhile, senior Jarrin Solomon ran a sensational anchor split time of 44.86 to lead the Trinidad & Tobago in the nationally-televised "USA vs. The World" 4x400 race at the Penn Relays. Only six men on the seven national teams in the race, including two USA squads, ran faster splits than Solomon.
The Albuquerque La Cueva product, who holds dual citizenship with the United States, led the T&T team to a time of 3:03.57. The USA Red team won the event with a time of 2:59.78.
Solomon and the Lobos will return home for the 19th Don Kirby Memorial Invitational on Saturday, May 2.