April 4, 2009
AUSTIN, Texas - University of New Mexico senior Katie Coronado broke her own school record with a throw of 181 feet (55.18) in a second place finish in the elite section A javelin competition this afternoon at the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays. Coronado's mark was the third-best in NCAA Division I this spring as she became the second woman in Mountain West Conference history to throw over 180 feet.
Coronado recorded her previous best throw of 179' 6" in a runner-up finish at the 2008 NCAA Championship meet.
Abilene Christian junior Linda Brivule, the Division II national champion and 2008 Olympian (Latvia), won the event with a mark of 184' 6" (56.25m).
It was just Coronado's third loss in her last 13 collegiate meets over the past two seasons. The Ruidoso, N.M. product opened the 2009 season with easy wins at UNLV and Arizona State.
Senior Anthony Fairbanks didn't fare as well, fouling on all three attempts in the men's section A competition.
The rest of the Lobos are competing in Claremont, Calif. at the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational today. Complete results and a recap of all the UNM highlights will be available later tonight.