March 22, 2007
UPDATE - The University of New Mexico outdoor season rolls on this week as the Lobos visit USC on Saturday for the Trojan Invitational. New Mexico will be part of a top notch collegiate field with Michigan, Texas A&M, Washington State, Cal State Northridge, Cal State Los Angeles, Cal State Fullerton, Loyola Marymount, Long Beach State and the host Trojans joining UNM at Loker Stadium. The action gets underway at 10 a.m. (MST) on Saturday.
The Lobos will get a head start on this week's track and field action as sophomore Sandy Fortner competes in her first heptathlon of the year at Arizona's Jim Click Combined Events. Fortner opens with the first four events of the competition today and will wrap up the final three events on Friday afternoon. The Fort Sumner, N.M. product was the nation's sixth-ranked freshman heptathlete last year.
New Mexico will look to build on its success in last week's outdoor season opener at Arizona State. Sophomore Katie Coronado won the women's javelin, senior Timmie Murphy captured the 3,000 and freshman Alesha Walker earned her first career victory in the long jump. Coronado and sophomore Anthony Fairbanks both surpassed the NCAA regional qualifying standard in the javelin. Fairbanks was named the Mountain West Conference Men's Track & Field Athlete of the Week on Wednesday - the first weekly award of his career.
The weather in Los Angeles should be ideal for track & field competition with the forecast listing partly cloudy skies, a high of 68 and light winds and no significant chance of precipitation. The conditions in Tucson, however, are far less favorable with occasional thunderstorms and strong winds expected throughout the afternoon. The winds will ease slightly on Friday, but there is a 60 percent chance of rain.
Meet results will be available at the following websites: