No. 8 Arizona State, Five Ranked Athletes Headline Albuquerque Invitational Track Meet
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  02/08/2006
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Feb. 8, 2006

UPDATE -- The historic 2006 indoor track and field schedule at the Convention Center continues this weekend with the Albuquerque Invitational (Saturday, Feb. 11) and Green Chile All-Comers (Sunday, Feb. 12) meets. The Albuquerque Invitational will feature 13 college teams with the host New Mexico Lobos taking on a field that includes the eighth-ranked Arizona State women, Mountain West Conference champion BYU women, Conference USA men's and women's champions from Houston and Big West men's champs Cal State Northridge. Two-time defending NCAA Division II men's champion Abilene Christian and the 2005 national runners-up from Adams State are also among the field.

The action gets underway with the field events 9 a.m., followed by the first event on the track at 9:45. Tickets will be available at the door - $3 for adults, $2 for students and free for ages 5 and under.

Five nationally ranked athletes (Trackwire.com) are entered in Saturday's meet, including Lobo pole vaulter Derek Mackel (No. 6). The women's pole vault will feature No. 5 April Kubishta from Arizona State, along with the MWC's top two vaulters - Erin Asay of San Diego State and New Mexico's Whitney Johnson. The Sun Devils' Jacquelyn Johnson, who is ranked sixth in the long jump and eighth in the heptathlon, will compete in the long jump, high jump and 60-meter hurdles. Other ranked competitors include BYU's Kamila Rywelska (No. 8) in the triple jump and Ashley Owens (No. 9) of UNLV in the 60. The women's high jump will feature the top two jumpers in the MWC - Tiyana Peters of UNM and SDSU's Nicole Carmier, while the league's top-ranked triple jumper, Decontee Kaye, will join Rywelska and New Mexico's Hagit Salamon (MWC No. 4) in the event.

The men's pole vault (1 p.m.) will be the marquee event of Sunday's Green Chile All-Comers meet with 2000 Olympic gold medalist Nick Hysong headlining a field that includes four former NCAA All-Americans, two former national junior college champions and some of the top high school vaulters in the country. At the Sydney Olympics, Hysong cleared a lifetime best 19-04.50 to became the first American since Bob Seagren in 1968 to win Olympic gold in the pole vault.

Over 600 college athletes have been entered in the Albuquerque Invitational, with nearly 200 more area competitors of all ages and ability signed up for the Green Chile meet. The six week, nine-meet schedule at the Convention Center continues on Feb. 18 with the First to the Finish High School Invitational, followed by the 2006 Mountain West Championship meet (Feb. 23-25).

After just its first month of competition, the indoor track and field facility at the Albuquerque Convention Center has been established as perhaps the best new venue in America. Thirteen top-25 men's and women's teams, 51 nationally ranked athletes and six of the nation's top relay teams have competed in Albuquerque in 2006. Ten NCAA automatic qualifying marks and 56 provisional marks have been recorded in the Convention Center this year, including five of the top marks in the country. One of the five was set by Texas' Trey Hardee who established a collegiate record of 6,208 points in the heptathlon during the Zia Classic Multis competition (Jan. 26-27). In addition, three of the best marks in NCAA Division II were established two weeks ago in Albuquerque by visiting Adams State and Colorado School of Mines.

2006 Albuquerque Invitational

Track & Field Meet Schedule

8:30 M - Long Jump
8:30 M - High Jump
9:00 W - Weight Throw
9:45 W - Distance Medley Relay
10:00 M - Pole Vault
10:05 M - Distance Medley Relay
10:25 W - 5,000m
10:50 M - 5,000m
11:00 M - Weight Throw
11:10 W - 60m Hurdles (prelims)
11:25 M - 60m Hurdles (prelims)
11:30 W - Long Jump
11:40 W - 60m (prelims)
12:00 M - 60m (prelims)
12:15 National Anthem
12:20 W - 60m Hurdles (finals)
12:25 M - 60m Hurdles (finals)
12:30 W - Shot Put
12:30 W - 60m (finals)
12:35 M - 60m (finals)
12:40 W - Mile
12:50 M - Mile
1:00 M - Triple Jump
1:00 W - Pole Vault
1:00 W - 400m
1:10 M - 400m
1:20 W - 800m
1:30 M - 800m
1:30 W - High Jump
2:30 M - Shot Put
2:30 W - Triple Jump
1:40 W - 200m
2:10 M - 200m
2:25 W - 3,000m
2:45 M - 3,000m
3:00 W - 4x400m Relay
3:15 M - 4x400m Relay