Feb. 8, 2004
HOUSTON - The University of New Mexico distance stars were big and bright deep in the heart of Texas on Saturday at the Houston Indoor Invitational. Jacquelyne Gallegos, Sarah Gonzales and Ben Ortega each came home with victories to pace the Lobos. The New Mexico men finished fifth in the 22-team field with 37 points, while the women placed sixth out of 21 squads with 37.5 points.
Gallegos continued her impressive winter by picking up her second straight 3,000-meter victory. The redshirt sophomore cruised to a five-second victory with a career-best time of 9:57.47. Gallegos also won the event last weekend at Texas Tech and was the runner-up at the Air Force Invite.
Gonzales and promising sophomore Timmie Murphy finished 1-2 in their first 5,000-meter race of the year as Gonzales clocked the fastest time of her career. The 5-1 senior blew away the field, crossing the line in 17:47.01, over 15 seconds ahead of Murphy, who recorded a time of 18:02.91.
Ortega, meanwhile, paced the men's team with a 12-second victory in the 5,000. The junior from Taos finished with a time of 15:06.59 for his first win of the year. Fellow junior Nick Martinez was the runner-up in the 3,000, clocking a time of 8:27.97, the team's fastest of the year. Senior Sean Flaherty was close behind, finishing fourth with a time of 8:32.64.
Back on the women's side, freshman Riann Lucy turned in a strong effort in her first collegiate mile race, recording a time of 5:10.45 to tie for fifth place. Senior Amanda Swann was 10th in the mile with a time of 5:13.25, her fastest of the season.
Junior Jamie Fishencord finished a strong second in the weight throw to the lead the UNM throwers. Fishencord increased her school record to 52-09.25 in her second straight runner-up finish.
In other men's event action, junior Cameron Clarke was eight in the mile (4:21.46), while senior heptathlete Mark Johnson matched his season-best with a mark of 15-07.00 (T5th) in the pole vault. Seniors Jordan Parker (49-03.75) and Jason Barkemeyer (48-06.00) finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in the weight throw, while Barkemeyer was sixth in the shot put (55-00.00).
Sophomores Kimilia Davis and Brandilyn Williams led the sprint efforts, recording the Lobos' fastest 400-meter times of the season in front of their hometown crowd. Davis clocked a time of 58.69 to finish second in her heat, while Williams' time of 59.52 was the best in her section.
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