Corrigan Breaks UNM 5,000-meter Record At Washington
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  02/16/2008
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Feb. 16, 2008

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Tyson Invitational Results

SEATTLE - Another week, another school record for the University of New Mexico distance crew. Junior Michelle Corrigan clocked a time of 17:05.19 in the 5,000-meter un this afternoon at Washington's Husky Classic to break Kelly Dix's 15-year-old record by 1.38 seconds.

Corrigan - a transfer from Mississippi State - finished 15th in the field of 37. The Green Bay, Wisc. product was less than a second behind Mountain West Conference rival Katie Bowen of BYU in her first 5K race of the winter.

Corrigan's was one of several outstanding performances by the Lobo distance runners in Seattle.

Junior Mat Ashton finished eighth in the men's 5,000 with a time of 14:00.30 - 9.7 seconds under the NCAA provisional qualifying standard. Ashton clocked the fastest time by a Lobo in the event since Matt Gonzales set the school record of 13:45.72 in an All-America performance at the 2005 NCAA Championship meet.

Elsewhere, junior Lee Emanuel clocked a time of 4:03.44 to finish 14th overall and eighth among collegiate runners in the men's mile. Emanuel was the top MWC competitor in the event one week after breaking a 24-year-old school record with a time of 4:02.47.

There were plenty of personal records set on Saturday. Junior Carolyn Boosey clocked a time of 5:04.67 (38th) to take over the team lead in the mile, while sophomore Vanessa Ortiz destroyed her previous best in the 5K with a time of 17:51.24 (31st).

On the men's side, sophomore Brian Vallie clocked a PR time of 4:13.70 (36th) in the mile and junior Joseph Garcia slashed 24 seconds off his previous best with a time of 14:57.34 (50th) in the 5,000.

The Lobo sprinters, jumpers and throwers, meanwhile, wrapped up their second and final day of competition at Arkansas' Tyson Invitational.

Sophomore Deanna Young turned in the highlight performance of the day for New Mexico with her career-best indoor triple jump mark of 40' 1/2" (12.20m) - the best by a Lobo since 2002. Young finished seventh out of 33 competitors in the event.

Junior Tiyana Peters increased her Mountain West leading mark in the high jump to 5' 8" (1.73m) to finish 10th, while fellow junior Whitney Johnson cleared the 12-foot mark for the second straight week in the pole vault with a clearance of 12' even (tied for 13th).