Johnson Vaults Into Seventh, Tallies NCAA Qualifying Score
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  04/01/2004
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

April 1, 2004

Results from Thursday's Events

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AUSTIN, Texas - Mark Johnson's personal record in the pole vault helped the University of New Mexico senior move up six places to finish seventh on the final day of the decathlon this afternoon at the 77th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays. Johnson finished with a personal best and NCAA provisional qualifying score of 7,141 in his first appearance at the Texas Relays.

After finishing day one in 13th place, the Fontana, Wisc. native soared 16-04.75 in the pole vault (T3rd), nearly eight inches above his previous best, to shoot up the standings. Johnson capped his afternoon with another personal record of 4:44.46 in the 1,500-meter run. He also notched personal bests in the 100 (11.30), discus (127-01) and javelin (144-04) during the 10-event competition to eclipse the provisional qualifying score by 141 points.

Johnson, the 2004 MWC indoor heptathlon champion, was one of 11 in the 16-man field to surpass the provisional standard, while three athletes secured automatic bids to the NCAA Outdoor Track Championships. Mountain West Conference rivals Curtis Pugsley (7,044 pts.) and Devin Scoresby (6,854 pts.), both of BYU, finished tied for ninth and 12th, respectively.

In other action at Mike A. Myers Stadium, senior Chris Garofola clocked a time of 53.82 to finish fourth in his heat and a solid 23rd overall in the 400-meter hurdles. Junior Jamie Fishencord, meanwhile, notched her third NCAA regional qualifying mark in the hammer, finishing third in her flight and 14th overall with a mark of 174-03.

Garofola kicks off a full day of Texas Relays competition tomorrow morning when he joins the field of the 110m hurdles. Branden Bennett (pole vault), Jason Barkemeyer (discus/shot put), Jimmy Minner (javelin), Veronica R. Gonzales (javelin) and Kayla Brown (javelin) will also compete on Friday. The UNM women's distance medley relay team of Kimilia Davis, Amanda Swann, Riann Lucy and Jacquelyne Gallegos will cap the meet with their race on Saturday afternoon.