April 8, 2006
AUSTIN, Texas - The University of New Mexico track and field team added two more athletes to its growing list of NCAA regional qualifiers midway through competition at the Texas Relays at Mike A. Myers Stadium. Senior Jamie Fishencord recorded a mark of 177' 9" in the hammer throw on Thursday afternoon, while sophomore Whitney Johnson cleared 12' 5 1/2" in the pole vault on Friday morning to secure their spot at the Midwest Region Championship meet (May 26-27) for the second straight year.
Fishencord, who has qualified for the regional meet each of the past three years, finished 14th in the field of 25 in the section B hammer throw, while Johnson tied for fifth out of 20 in the section B pole vault. The duo were both making their second appearance at the elite Texas Relays meet.
On Friday evening, freshman Anthony Fairbanks finished second in a field of 18 in the section B javelin. Fairbanks improved on his NCAA regional qualifying mark with a season-best throw of 210' 9", defeating Mountain West Conference record holder Joseph Brown of TCU (5th - 207' 5") and senior teammate Matt Keeran (8th - 195' 11") for the first time.
In other UNM action on Friday, the UNM men's and women's 4x100 relay teams finished 29th and 32nd, respectively. Later, the men's and women's 4x400 relay teams placed 24th and 36th, respectively.
Also on Friday morning, sophomore Tiyana Peters finished 15th in the section B high jump with a mark of 5' 7", while Fishencord placed 14th in the section B discus with a throw of 143' 1".