Jan. 17, 2009
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.--The University of New Mexico had a strong showing in the season opener the Lobo Invitational this afternoon at the Albuquerque Convention Center. After a one year hiatus indoor track and field is back in Albuquerque and some familiar faces picked up right where they left off.
Senior Ariel Burr won the 300m with a time of 39.39 beating her nearest competitor by over a second. Burr picked up her first win since winning the 2007 indoor MWC championship in the 400m.
Senior Jarrin Solomon won the 600m with a time of 1:19.18. Solomon is the 2007 outdoor 400m champion.
Senior Josh Cosio won the Triple Jump with a jump of 45' 1 ½" (13.75m) and the High Jump with a career best jump of 6' 10 ¼ "
Transfer from Bucknell University, Andrea Wright who is known for her 800m abilities, won the 600m with a time of 1:38.31 in her first race as a Lobo.
Junior Matt Henry-Marshall threw a career long 53' 3 ½" (16.24m) in the weight throw.
Several young Lobos had great performances in their first meets wearing the Cherry and Silver. Freshman Sara Lee brought home her first collegiate win of her career in her first competition. Lee, the House, N.M. native earned the first place finish with a vault of 10' 2" (3.10m). Fellow freshman Asal Salehpoor took second place in the long jump with a career best jump of 18' 1 ½ " (5.52m)
In the women's mile, freshman transfer Alex Darling picked up a second place finish in her first collegiate distance race and ran a time of 5.16.15.
On the men's side freshman Matt Everett picked up his first collegiate win in the 1000m with a time of 2.41.77. In the 60m hurdles freshman Chad Clark won his first collegiate race with an altitude adjusted time of 8.56.
A pack of Lobos competed unattached in today's meet. Senior Sandy Fortner placed in three events. The Fort Sumner, N.M. native placed first in the 60m hurdles with an altitude adjusted time of 9.14, a second place finish in the high jump with a height of 5' 5" (1.65m) and a fourth place finish in the shot put with a throw of 41' 1 ¼" (12.54m). Junior Deanna Young won the long jump with a leap of 18' 11 ¾" (5.78m). Brianna Paxton took second place in the shot put with a throw of 43' 9 ¾" (13.35m).
New Mexico will host some of the biggest names in college track and field next week at the Cherry and Silver Invitational at the Albuquerque Convention Center. The return of the indoor track has caught the attention of powerhouses such as 2008 NCAA men's indoor champions Arizona State University, 2008 NCAA women's indoor runner up Arizona State, University of Arizona, UC-Berkeley, Stanford, Texas Tech just to name a few. For meet information please visit www.GoLobos.com.