March 16, 2005
UPCOMINGFresh off one of the best indoor track and field campaigns in head coach Matt Henry's tenure, the University of New Mexico men and women kick off the outdoor season this weekend (March 18-19) at the 22nd annual Willie Williams Classic in Tucson, Ariz. The collegiate action gets underway on Friday afternoon with nine field events and 12 races on the track at Roy P. Drachman Stadium. The competition resumes Saturday morning and wraps up at approximately 3 p.m. (MST)
Head coach Matt Henry will bring a full contingent of nearly 60 athletes to Tucson in what will be the first competition since Feb. 26 for the majority of the team. Senior Matt Gonzales, who earned All-America honors with his fourth place finish in the 5,000 last week at the NCAA Indoor Championships, will take a well-deserved week off before returning to lead a Lobo distance contingent at Stanford next weekend.
New Mexico opens the outdoor season at the University of Arizona for the third time in Matt Henry's five-year tenure. The Lobos also competed at the Willie Williams Classic in 2001 and 2004. Last year the UNM throwers led the way as Jamie Fishencord won the hammer throw and Amanda Barnes won the shot put. Fishencord and Barnes were also two of five New Mexico throwers to record qualifying marks for the Midwest Region Championships over the two days of competition.
The 2005 UNM outdoor schedule will take the Lobos on a tour of the Southwest, including a pair of home meets at the Great Friends of UNM Track Stadium. New Mexico will open the home slate on April 16 when it hosts the Modrall Sperling Lobo Open. The Lobos then return home for the 15th running of the Don Kirby Memorial Invitational on April 30. The Mountain West Conference Championships will be held in Fort Collins, Colo. for the first time, while Norman, Okla. will be the site of the NCAA Midwest Region Championships. Finally, the NCAA Championship meet will return to Sacramento, Calif. after a year away.
MEET INFORMATION/RESULTSComplete information and results from Willie Williams Classic will be available at the official athletic department website of the University of Arizona:
40 YEARS AGO...In the spring of 1965, head coach Hugh Hackett assembled one of the greatest track and field teams in University of New Mexico history. Under Hackett, the Lobos never lost a meet that spring and asserted themselves as a bonafide national power with a stirring 93 1/3 to 46 2/3 upset of USC at University Stadium in Albuquerque. New Mexico won every race on the track as they handed the mighty Trojans their first loss in three years and just their second defeat in 20 years.
New Mexico won five events on the track to capture its second consecutive Western Athletic Conference championship before taking on the field at the NCAA Track and Field Championships in Berkeley. Clarence Robinson swept the long (25-10.50) and triple jump (50-02.00) to lead the Lobos to a fifth place finish with a program-best 25 points, just seven points behind co-national champions Oregon and USC. Robinson's school record of 26-09.25 in the long jump and the 440-yard relay team's (Bernie Rivers, Art Carter, Steve Caminiti, René Matison) converted 4x100-meter time of 39.84, both set in `65, remain two of the oldest school records at UNM.
New Mexico went on to capture two more WAC titles in 1966 and `67, and finished tied for 11th and tied for fifth at the NCAA Championships in both years, respectively. The 1966 team had four individuals and one relay team earn All-America honors after bringing home seven conference event victories. In `67, Art Baxter captured the triple jump national crown and Web Loudat earned All-America accolades in the steeplechase, while the Lobos won six events at the WAC Outdoor Championships.