Jan. 30, 2009
UPCOMINGThe 2009 indoor track and field season at the Albuquerque Convention Center rolls on as the University of New Mexico hosts the New Mexico Multis and Invitational today and Saturday. The Multis competition - women's pentathlon and day one of the men's heptathlon - runs from 2-8 p.m. today and will be free to public. Saturday's Invitational opens with the field events at 9 a.m., followed by the first event on the track at 10 a.m. Admission is $5 at the door. UNM students with a valid Lobo Card get in for free.
The indoor track and field facility at the Albuquerque Convention Center earned a well-deserved reputation as one of the premier venues in the America during the 2006 and 2007 seasons before a scheduling conflict at the Convention Center eliminated the home schedule in 2008. In its first two full seasons of competion, the Convention Center welcomed 31 top-25 men's and women's teams and several world class professional athletes. A remarkable 25 automatic qualifying marks and 249 provisional qualifying marks to the NCAA Indoor Championships were recorded from 2006-07, including a collegiate record in the men's heptathlon in 2006.
New Mexico hosted one of the top early-season meets in the country last week as some of the finests collegiate athletes in the West combined to record 25 provisional and two automatic qualifying marks for the NCAA Indoor Championships. Two facility records also fell in the Duke City's first major collegiate track and field meet since 2007.
NEW MEXICO INVITATIONAL MEET INFORMATION/RESULTSFull Teams (11): Adams State (D-II), Arizona, New Mexico, New Mexico Highlands (D-II, women), New Mexico JC (women), San Francisco State (D-II, women), South Plains JC, Texas Tech, Wayland Baptist (NAIA), West Texas A&M (D-II, men), Western State (D-II, men).
Scouting The Opponents: Representatives from nationally ranked Texas Tech (No. 7 men/No. 11 women) and Arizona (No. 13 women/No. 22 men) lead a diverse collegiate field this weekend. The Red Raiders, Wildcats and the host Lobos are the lone Division I teams in the meet.
Division II power Adams State enjoyed an outstanding 2008. The Grizzly women won the NCAA D-II Indoor title and finished second outdoors, while the Adams State men were third indoors and fourth outdoors. Western State's men notched top-25 finishes indoors and outdoors at the 2008 NCAA D-II Championships, including a 10th place for the Mountaineer men indoors.
South Plains College has boasted the top men's junior college team in the country over the past two seasons, winning the 2007 and 2008 NJCAA outdoor titles. The Wayland Baptist women, meanwhile, swept the NAIA indoor and outdoor crowns in 2008.
Adams State, Arizona, San Fransico State and Western State are all making their second trip to the Convention Center this winter.
Results: Event-by-event results will be posted on the bulletin board near the finish line corner of the facility, near the timing table. Live results will be available courtesy of Record Timing at www.recordtiming.com. Final HTML results will available on www.GoLobos.com immediately following the meet.
Scoring: All meets at the Convention Center this season will be non-scoring competitions.
ATHLETES TO WATCHThis weekend's meet will feature 20 Division I and Division II nationally ranked athletes along with several standout postcollegiate athletes. The ranked competitors are as follows:
Notable Postcollegiate Athletes
Ebonie Floyd-Broadnax (60m/200m) - Qualified for 2008 USA Olympic Team (400m)...two-time All-American at Houston...2007 NCAA runner-up in the 100m/3rd in the 200m...swept the 60 & 200 in her last appearance in Albuquerque as a senior in 2007.
Jake Arnold (heptathlon) - 3rd in the decathlon at the 2006 and 2007 USA Championships...two-time NCAA decathlon champion and two-time heptathlon All-American at Arizona...2nd in the heptathlon in his last visit to Albuquerque in 2007.
Bruce Davis (400m/800m) - Earned All-America honors with Mississippi State's 4x400 relay team in 2007...semifinalist in the 400...junior college All-American in the 400
Tyree Gailes (60m/200m) - Two-time All-American at Texas Tech in the 60m and 100m
Shawon Harris (60m Hurdles) - All-American at Texas Tech in the 60 hurdles and 400 hurdles
Division I Men
Lee Emanuel (New Mexico) - No. 8 in the 800m (running the 3,000m on Saturday)
Nick Mossberg (Arizona) - No. 10 in the pole vault
Luis Rivera-Morales (Arizona) - No. 9 in the long jump, No. 13 in the triple jump
Zack Lloyd (Arizona) - No. 1 in the shot put
Division II Men
Jerrell Miller (Adams State) - No. 19 in the 60m
Josh Streeter (Adams State) - No. 1 in the 800m/No. 3 400m (running the 60m hurdles on Sat.)
Corey De La Cruz (Adams State) - No. 5 in the 800m
James Douglas (Adams State) - No. 6 in the long jump
Matt Gersick (Adams State) - No. 5 in the shot put, No. 3 in the weight throw
Wayne Durham (Adams State) - No. 1 in the heptathlon (60m hurdles, triple jump on Sat.)
Jason Mannerberg (Adams State) - No. 6 in the heptathlon
Division I Women
Liz Patterson (Arizona) - No. 3 in the high jump
Gabriella Duclos (Arizona) - No. 4 in the pole vault
Megan Howard (Arizona) - No. 10 in the shot put
Division II Women
Michele Williams (Adams State) - No. 6 in the 400m
Sofia Monroe (Adams State) - No. 1 in the 800m (running the mile on Saturday)
Vanessa Roy (Adams State) - No. 4 800m
Amanda Gylling (Adams State) - No. 9 in the 60m hurdles
Adrienne Lewis (Adams State) - No. 12 in the long jump
Angella Graham (New Mexico Highlands) - No. 18 in the long jump (triple jump on Sat.)
Rennee Harris (Adams State) - No. 22 in the long jump
LAST TIME OUT: Cherry & Silver InvitationalSeniors Lee Emanuel, Jarrin Solomon and junior Deanna Young led a sensational day of indoor track and field at the Albuquerque Convention Center on Jan. 24. The Lobo trio recorded three of the 25 NCAA provisional qualifying marks in the first major collegiate meet of the 2009 season in the Duke City - the Cherry & Silver Invitational. The meet also saw two NCAA automatic marks surpassed and two facility records fall.
After two remarkable seasons of action in downtown Albuquerque, the world-class facility at the Convention Center was put on the shelf in 2008. Host New Mexico, however, along with nationally ranked teams from BYU, Arizona, Stanford, Adams State, talented squads from California, Houston and UT-San Antonio, and a group of world class post-collegiate athletes served notice today that indoor track is back in Albuquerque.
Solomon jump-started the Lobos with a stunning performance in the men's 400 meters. After redshirting all of the 2008 season, the Albuquerque La Cueva product picked up where he left off in 2007, smashing his own school record in a wire-to-wire victory in the collegiate 400 field. Solomon outlasted Arizona All-American Bobby McCoy and Adams State All-American Josh Streeter for the win, crossing the line in an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 46.84. McCoy - who was fourth in the event at the 2008 NCAA Indoor Championships - was unable to counter Solomon's sizzling burst out of the starting blocks.
Solomon's last 400 at the Convention Center came at the 2007 Mountain West Conference Championships, where he finished second to break his father Michael's UNM record with a time of 47.00. Former USA Indoor 400 champion James Davis - who set a Convention Center record of 46.60 in the invitational race - was the only athlete to clock a faster time than the UNM senior today.
An hour and a half later, Emanuel secured his place as the fastest indoor middle distance man in New Mexico history. The Hastings, England product ran third for much of his 800-meter race before turning on the jets and surging past BYU's Kyle Perry - the 2008 MWC mile champion - and the Cougars' all-MWC honoree Jacob Gustafsson over the final 100 meters.
Emanuel crossed the line in an altitude adjusted and NCAA provisional qualifying time of 1:50.30 to break Roger Moore's 1983 school record by 0.30 seconds. Emanuel broke a 24-year-old UNM record in the mile in his debut season last year.
Young, meanwhile, put an exclamation point on the Lobos' effort today, dominating the women's triple jump field with a provisional qualifying leap of 42' 4 ½" (12.91m). The Albuquerque Highland product, who entered the day at 11th in the national preseason rankings, came within three inches of her own school record. She recorded the three longest marks of the day before sitting out the finals.
Elsewhere for New Mexico, junior transfer Rory Fraser picked up a win in his first mile race as a Lobo. Fraser clocked a solid altitude adjusted time of 4:05.70, less than three seconds shy of the NCAA provisional qualifying standard. Senior teammate Mat Ashton was seventh in a career best altitude adjusted time of 4:17.01.
Senior Ariel Burr made a triumphant return to indoor action after redshirting the 2008 season. Burr finished second in the 400 with a time of 55.02. It was her first indoor 400 race since winning the MWC title in the event at the Convention Center in 2007.
Fellow senior Domnick Meadows used a raucous crowd lining the triple jump runway to post a career-best mark of 49' 3 ½" (15.02m) en route to a fifth place finish. An all-MWC honoree indoors last winter, Meadows redshirted the 2008 outdoor season. He was part of an elite triple jump field that saw three men surpass the NCAA provisional qualifying standard in the final event of the day.
SOLOMON CLOCKS MWC'S THIRD-FASTEST 400Senior Jarrin Solomon was named Mountain West Conference Men's Indoor Track & Field Athlete of the Week the conference office announced on Jan.27. It's Solomon's first career indoor Athlete of the Week award and he became just the fourth member of the UNM men's team to be honored by the MWC during the winter season.
Solomon jump-started the Lobos in Cherry & Silver Invitational with a stunning performance in the men's 400 meters. After redshirting all of 2008, the Albuquerque La Cueva product picked up where he left off in 2007, smashing his own school record in a wire-to-wire victory in the collegiate field.
Solomon crossed the line in an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 46.84 - the fastest time in Mountain West Conference history run in the month of January and third-fastest overall on the conference record book. The previous five fastest 400-meter times in MWC history had all been run on or after Feb. 24. His time is currently third in the country on the early season descending order list.
Solomon outlasted Arizona All-American Bobby McCoy in the first and fastest collegiate heat and also defeated Adams State All-American Josh Streeter, who was running in heat two. McCoy was fourth in the 400 at the 2008 NCAA Indoor Championships, while Streeter was third at the 2008 Division II Indoor Championships.
Solomon's last 400 at the Convention Center came at the 2007 MWC Championships, where he finished second to break his father Michael's UNM record with a time of 47.00.
Former USA Indoor 400 champion James Davis - who set a Convention Center record of 46.60 in the invitational race - was the only athlete to clock a faster time than Solomon on Saturday.
LOBO ALL-AMERICAN PITCHES IN ON TRACK SET-UPSecond-year UNM head coach Joe Franklin and his staff worked around the clock in late December and early January to put the track together in the 106,000-square foot Fran Hill Exhibit Hall at the Albuquerque Convention Center. Franklin received a big assist from former Lobo pole vaulter Robert Caldwell - a two-time All-American who graduated last spring. Caldwell enlisted the help of workers at his company, Pro Fab, and TLC Plumbing to help with the assembly of the track.
New Mexico opens the 2009 indoor season on Saturday, Jan. 17 with the Lobo Opener. It will be the first of four straight home meets: the Cherry and Silver Invitational (Jan. 24), New Mexico Multis and Invitational (Jan. 30-31), and the New Mexico Classic (Feb. 7).
The Mountain West Conference Championships will return to Albuquerque in 2010.
"Setting it all up has been a labor of love, but our kids are so excited to have this facility back in Albuquerque," Franklin said. "(Former UNM coaches) Matt and Mark Henry, and Scott Steffan did a great job of putting on some amazing meets in prior seasons and we're eager to pick up where they left off in 2007.
You're going to see some very fast times on the track and big marks in the field events here this winter and our athletes are thrilled to be able to compete each week at home in front of their friends and family."