Feb. 1, 2004
LUBBOCK, Texas - Senior Jason Barkemeyer and junior Jacquelyne Gallegos took home gold medals in the shot put and 3,000 meters to help the University of New Mexico track and field team cap a solid performance at the Red Raider Classic on Saturday. Barkemeyer recorded a personal-best mark of 56-06.00 to win the shot, while Gallegos breezed to victory with a career-best time of 10:07.09.
Gallegos and teammate Timmie Murphy (10:26.81) finished 1-2 in the 3,000, with another Lobo, senior Sarah Gonzales (10:35.70), just off the pace in fifth. The trio also put forth a strong effort in the mile, finishing third, sixth and seventh, respectively. Gallegos clocked a time of 5:08.55, the fastest by a Lobo this year, while Murphy recorded a season-best time of 5:16.92.
Barkemeyer, meanwhile, continued his stellar start to the 2004 season by smashing his personal records in both the shot put and weight throw. The Belen, N.M. native was also third in the weight throw with a toss of 51-07.00.
Several Lobos enjoyed career days in the field, including sophomore Derek Mackel. Mackel soared a personal-best 16-01.25 in the pole vault to finish fourth, one spot ahead of former teammate Chris Ashcraft of Texas Tech. Senior decathlete Mark Johnson cleared 15-07.25 to finish tied for fifth. Junior Willie Yuen, meanwhile, recorded an impressive mark of 45-11.25 to place fourth in the triple jump.
Juniors Amanda Barnes and Jamie Fishencord continued the momentum on the women's side with second place finishes in the shot put and weight throw, respectively. Barnes recorded a mark of 45-10.50, while Fishencord threw 51-04.25 in the weight throw to edge Barnes, who was third with a mark of 50-03.50.
On the men's side, senior Chris Garofola's time of 21.86 was good for fourth in the 200, while fellow senior Matt Bishop was fifth in the 800 with a strong time of 1:55.44. The Lobos dominated the mile, as Nick Martinez, Sean Flaherty and Leighton Katsuda finished 2-3-4. Martinez clocked a time of 4:19.52, just ahead of Flaherty (4:20.32) and Katsuda (4:27.60). Katsuda, a senior from Wailuku, Hawai'I, also led a solid UNM effort in the 3,000, teaming with freshman Juan Ortega to finish fourth (9:03.37) and fifth (9:09.26), respectively.
New Mexico returns to indoor action next Saturday when the Lobos travel to Houston, Texas for the Houston Invitational.