March 28, 2009
STANFORD, Calif. - University of New Mexico junior transfer Nicky Archer clocked the fourth-fastest 10,000-meter time in program history (34:32.21) to lead a trio of NCAA provisional qualifiers for the Lobos on Friday night at the Stanford Invitational. Fellow junior Chris Barnicle - a transfer from Arkansas - ran a career-best 28:58.96 in his Lobo debut, which was good for seventh all-time at UNM. Senior Mat Ashton also reached the provisional standard with a time of 29:22.40.
Archer (Cheshire, England), who was the top cross country runner for the Mountain West Conference champion Lobo women during the fall, ran nearly 28 seconds under the NCAA provisional qualifying standard in her outdoor debut. The long distance specialist was over 90 seconds better than her previous best in the event.
Barnicle became the seventh man in UNM history to run under 29 minutes in the 10K in his first official outdoor track competition since 2007. The Newton, Mass. product surpassed his previous best in the event by nearly 90 seconds.
Junior Alex Willis (Leadville, Colo.) recorded a career-best time of 9:23.24 in the 3,000m steeplechase earlier in the day in his 2009 debut. Willis redshirted during the recent indoor season.