April 25, 2004
LA JOLLA, Calif. - The University of New Mexico capped an outstanding weekend at UC San Diego by recording season-bests in 12 men's and women's events on Saturday, the final day of the Triton Invitational at Triton Stadium. The UNM women's 4x400-meter relay team earned its first victory of the season, after a pair of earlier second place finishes, clocking a season-best 3:49.09 to defeat runner-up UCLA. Over the two-day meet, New Mexico recorded its top times or marks of the 2004 season in 15 events, including three on Friday.
Kimilia Davis continued her stellar sophomore campaign on Saturday, clocking a personal-best time of 24.53 to finish sixth in the 200. New Mexico also placed two runners in the top-10 of the women's 1,500 with senior Amanda Swann finishing fourth (4:42.55 - personal best) and sophomore Timmie Murphy taking eighth (4:50.57).
In the women's field events, junior Bridgid Isworth ended nearly a year-long hiatus from the pole vault to finish tied for fifth in the event with a mark of 12-01.25. Isworth, who has also been training as a heptathlete, competed in the pole vault for the first time since finishing second at the 2003 Mountain West Conference Outdoor Championships on May 16 of last year. Freshman Jai McBride, meanwhile, enjoyed her best outdoor performance, tying for fourth in the triple jump with a collegiate best mark of 37-01.00. Sophomore Suzanne Nguyen was sixth in the event with a season-best leap of 36-05.50.
On the men's side, senior Jason Barkemeyer surpassed the NCAA regional qualifying standard for the second time this year in the discus. Barkemeyer finished 34th overall, but 14th among the collegiate competitors in the powerful field with a throw of 171-10. Fellow senior Jimmy Minner uncorked his best throw in the javelin this year, recording a mark of 198-06 to lead all collegiate competitors (3rd overall).
Junior Hank Baskett made his 2004 debut in the high jump after completing a strong spring football season. The 6-4, 215-pound Lobo wide receiver cleared 6-08.00 to lead all collegiate competitors (third overall). Fellow junior Willie Yuen, meanwhile, turned in one of this best collegiate performances, finishing sixth in the long jump (22-07.25) and placing third in the triple jump with a personal best leap of 47-06.50.
Back on the track, senior Chris Garofola clocked a pair of personal bests in the 100 (10.75) and 200 (21.35), and helped both Lobo relay teams record their top times of the spring in runner-up finishes. Garofola placed eighth in both individual events, ran the second leg for the 4x100-meter relay team (42.16) and the lead leg for the mile relay squad (3:14.30). Senior Sean Flaherty and junior Cameron Clarke led the UNM distance efforts, placing fourth and seventh, respectively in the 1,500. Both runners notched season-bests with Flaherty timed in 3:52.26 and Clarke crossing the line with a time of 3:53.50.
New Mexico's men and women return home next Saturday, May 1 for the 14th running of the Don Kirby Memorial Invitational, sponsored by the Modrall Sperling law firm. Mountain West rivals Air Force, Colorado State and Wyoming headline the regional field. The meet gets underway with the field events at 9:30 a.m., followed by running events at 10:30. Admission is free to the public.