Lobos Ready For Big Week of Track & Field Action
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  04/11/2007
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

April 11, 2007


The University of New Mexico begins the first of four days of track and field competition this week when sophomore Sandy Fortner takes part in the Mt. SAC Relays heptathlon, held at nearby Azusa Pacific University. Fortner is one of 11 Lobos that will be competing in the 49th Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif. The rest of the team will be in action on Saturday when UNM travels to El Paso, Texas for the UTEP Invitational. The Lobos will be part of a powerful field that includes the fourth-ranked Arizona men, the No. 14 Texas Tech women, the UTEP and McNeese State men, both tied for 17th, and the No. 22 Red Raider men.


Results: Daily results from the heptathlon will be available online here

Live results of Friday's events will be available online here

Schedule: Eleven UNM athletes will be in action Wednesday-Friday at the Mt. SAC Relays. The event schedule is as follows (all times Mountain):

• So. Sandy Fortner (heptathlon - Mt. SAC Relays section): Starts at 12:15 p.m. on Wednesday and resumes at 2 p.m. on Thursday.
• Jr. Ariel Burr (400m - sec. 201): 3 p.m. on Friday
• Jr. Jarrin Solomon (400m - sec. 202): 3:15 p.m. on Friday
• So. Sheyenne Lewis & So. Leslie Luna (5,000m - sec. 203): 3:30 p.m. on Friday
• Fr. Nick Argüelles & Fr. Brian Vallie (800m - sec. 209): 5:10 p.m. on Friday
• Sr. Timmie Murphy (10,000m - sec. 235): 10:45 p.m. on Friday
• Jr. Yuval Carmi, Jr. Joseph Garcia & Sr. Jeremy Johnson (10,000m - sec. 236): 11:30 p.m. on Friday.

Weather: The forecast in Azusa for the two-day heptathlon competition calls for partly cloudy skies, highs ranging from the high 60s to the low 70s and no chance of precipitation. However, winds could be a factor, particularly on Thursday with gusts reaching 17 miles per hour.

Friday's conditions should be ideal for top performances on the track. The forecast calls for sunny skies during the day with a high of 76 degrees, light winds, 35 percent humidity and virtually no chance of rain.

Last Time at the Mt. SAC Relays: Ariel Burr smashed her own school record in the 400 meters by a stunning 0.63 seconds, winning the Olympic Development section of the event with what was then a career-best time of 53.48 at the 2006 Mt. SAC Relays. Burr defeated Arizona senior Marquita Taylor by 0.46 seconds and ran over a second under the NCAA regional qualifying standard.

New Mexico picked up its second victory of the meet in the men's 5,000 as junior Jeremy Johnson crossed the line with a time of 14:35.85, nearly ten seconds ahead of the nearest finisher in the 22-man field.

Jarrin Solomon also had a strong performance in the men's Olympic Development 400, placing second overall and first among collegiate competitors with a time of 47.19. Solomon defeated former Big East champion Ryan Postel of Notre Dame by 0.08 seconds in heat two.

Earlier in the day at nearby Azusa Pacific University, Sandy Fortner placed 11th out of 17 in the women's heptathlon, improving her NCAA provisional qualifying ranking with a score of 5,088. Fortner notched top-10 finishes in the high jump (T3rd, 5' 6"), 200m dash (6th, 25.25) and javelin throw (10th, 113') over the two-day competition.

The Lobos' long distance runners took the stage during the evening, beginning with senior Jacquelyne Gallegos who finished 17th in a field of 32 in the women's Olympic Development 5,000 (17:12.30). Later in the women's 10,000, Lindsay Barr shaved 27 seconds off her career best, crossing the line in 37:30.16 (15th). In the men's 10,000, Juan Ortega and Joseph Garcia finished 14th (30:55.32) and 21st (31:28.17), respectively.


Results: Final meet results will be available online at: www.utepathletics.com

Schedule: Field events begin at 9a.m., followed by the first event on the track at 3 p.m. (Mountain). All events will be held at historic Kidd Field on the UTEP campus in West El Paso.

Weather: The forecast in El Paso on Saturday calls for sunny skies, highs in the low 70s, light winds and virtually no chance of rain.

Last Time at the UTEP Invitational: UNM continued one of its best weekends of the 2006 outdoor season with a stellar meet performance at the UTEP Invitational. Senior Mike Powdrell led the UNM men by winning the long jump with a wind-aided mark of 24' 5 1/2". Sophomore Kristan Matison, meanwhile, paced the women with time of 11.80 (altitude adjusted) in the 100-meter dash.

After fouling on his first two attempts, Powdrell uncorked the best jump of his career to win the event by more than 10 inches over the runner-up, Alabama's Charlie Coleman (23' 7 1/4"). The former Albuquerque Highland High School product came back to finish second in the high jump behind UTEP All-American Mickael Hanany with a season-best leap of 6' 8 3/4".

Matison, meanwhile, shaved 0.06 seconds off her collegiate best and was 0.05 seconds off the NCAA regional qualifying standard en route to a fourth place finish in a strong women's 100m field.

New Mexico also received winning performances by sophomore Stasia Ploskonka (2,000m steeplechase) and senior Frank Hemingway (1,500m), while sophomore Whitney Johnson took third place with a mark of 12' 11 1/2" in the pole vault.

Other Lobo highlights from the `06 UTEP Invitational included:

-Senior Aaron Brack clocking a (altitude adjusted) time of 10.60 en route to a ninth place finish in the men's 100. UTEP's Churandy Martina won the event with an (altitude adjusted) time of 10.08, the fastest in the nation at the time.

-Freshman Taylor Siemon and junior Randle McCain finishing fourth (49.20 adjusted) and fifth (49.25 adjusted), respectively, in the men's 400.

-Sophomore Domnick Meadows recording a mark of 23' 4" (wind-aided) to finish fourth in the long jump.

-Freshman Katie Coronado finishing second in the javelin with a throw of 144' 11" to surpass the NCAA regional qualifying mark for the second time that season.

-Junior Mark Lamb clocking a time of 14.81 (altitude-adjusted) in the 110-meter hurdles (8th place) and coming back to finish fourth in the 400-meter hurdles with a (altitude-adjusted) time of 56.39.

-Sophomores Ariel Burr and Jarrin Solomon coming back to run on both UNM relay teams two days after competing in Southern California at the elite Mt. SAC Relays. Solomon also ran the 200 at UTEP.

LAST TIME OUT (Texas Relays April 6-7)

AUSTIN, Texas - Sophomore Katie Coronado finished third in the section A javelin competition on Saturday to cap the Lobos' performance at the 80th Texas Relays. In a field loaded with All-Americans and conference champions, Coronado more than held her own with a top throw of 158' (48.15m). On Friday night, javelin teammate Anthony Fairbanks finished eighth in the men's section B competition with a mark of 204' 4" (62.28m).

The lone New Mexico athlete in action on Saturday, Coronado represented her home state well as she surpassed the NCAA regional qualifying standard for the third time this year. The former Ruidoso High School standout has thrown over 155' in all three meets this year after doing so just twice in 2006.

Coronado finished four inches ahead of Georgia All-American Sigrun Fjeldsted, over four feet ahead of Western Athletic Conference champion Inger Appanaitis of Nevada and defeated three-time Georgia All-American Krista Woodward by more than eight feet. She was also the lone underclassman and the only American to finish among the top-6 in the elite field. UTEP senior All-American Erma Gene Evans won the event with a throw of 166' 10" (50.85).

Junior Tiyana Peters won the section B high jump to pace the team on Friday morning. Peters cleared an outdoor-best and NCAA regional qualifying height of 5' 8 3/4" (1.75m) for the third straight week to earn her first victory of the season.

Peters, who was 15th in the event at the 2006 Texas Relays, was one of six women to clear 5' 8 3/4", but used fewer attempts to clear the bar. The Flanders, N.J. product entered the meet ranked No. 1 in the Mountain West Conference this spring.

Meanwhile, the New Mexico men's 4x400-meter relay team came up short in its attempt to qualify for the NCAA regional championships.

The team of Taylor Siemon, Kurt Henry, Jarrin Solomon and Randle McCain finished 14th in the field of 31 with a time of 3:11.69 - 1.69 seconds off the regional qualifying standard and 1.46 seconds shy of advancing to the event finals on Saturday. The foursome improved dramatically, however, on their Texas Relays debut last year, when they finished 24th with a time of 3:13.10.