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Lobos To Host Final Indoor Home Meet On Saturday
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  02/05/2009
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Feb. 5, 2009

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UPCOMING

The 2009 indoor track and field season at the Albuquerque Convention Center comes to a close on Saturday when the University of New Mexico hosts the New Mexico Classic. The Lobos will welcome seven teams, including the nationally ranked Stanford men and women, Mountain West Conference foe San Diego State, Colorado, Fresno State and New Mexico State. The action gets underway 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.

New Mexico head coach Joe Franklin will also send four of his distance standouts to Notre Dame for the Meyo Invitational (www.und.com) on Saturday. Senior Lee Emanuel will look for an NCAA qualifying time in his first mile race of the season, where he will be joined by junior treammate David Bishop. Junior Ashley Gibson will run the women's mile and senior Mat Ashton will run the 3,000 meters.

After a year hiatus the indoor track and field facility at the Convention Center in downtown Albuquerque has once again solidified its place as one of the premier venues in North America. Collegiate athletes have combined to record 45 provisional qualifying marks/times and four automatic qualifying times/marks to the NCAA Indoor Championships in the first two major invitational meets of the season. Five facility records have also been set over the past two weeks.

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 by Trey Hardee of Texas in 2006.

NEW MEXICO CLASSIC MEET INFORMATION/RESULTS

Full Teams (8): Colorado, Diné College (USCAA), Fresno State (women), New Mexico, New Mexico State (women), San Diego State (women), Stanford, Western State (D-II)

Other Teams Represented: Arizona State, Fort Lewis College (D-II), Oklahoma (men), Southern California (men)

Ranked Opponents: No. 13 Stanford men, No. 16 Stanford women. Selected athletes from No. 2 Arizona State men, No. 9 ASU women, No. 22 Oklahoma men.

Results: Event-by-event results will be posted on the bulletin board near the finish line corner of the facility, near the timing table. 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 WATCH

This weekend's meet will feature 16 Division I and Division II nationally ranked athletes. The ranked competitors are as follows:

Notable Postcollegiate Athletes
Chris Johnson (60m) - All-American at Arkansas-Little Rock under current UNM assistant coach Leo Settle.

Division I Men
Jeremy Dodson (Colorado) - No. 17 in the preseason 200m
Casey Roche (Stanford) - No. 13 in the pole vault

Division II Men
Tyler Pennel (Western State) - No. 5 in the mile
Iain Donnan (Western State) - No. 4 in the 5,000m (running the 3,000 on Saturday)
Oliver Harsanyi (Western State) - No. 2 in the high jump
Jon Spruill (Western State) - No. 3 in the high jump
Jason Brenton (Western State) - No. 9 in the triple jump
Jeremiah Giambartolomei (Western State) - No. 17 in the weight throw

Division I Women
Ariel Burr (New Mexico) - No. 10 in the 400m (running the 200m on Saturday)
Charonda Williams (Arizona State) - No. 9 in the 200m/No. 4 in the 60m
Dominique Maloy (Arizona State) - No. 17 200m in the preseason
Michaela Wallerstedt (Stanford) - No. 23 in the shot put
Decontee Keye (San Diego State) - No. 17 triple jump/No. 34 long jump in the preseason
Sharon Ayala (Freno State) - No. 12 weight throw in the preseason

Division II Women
Lisa Thomas (Western State) - No. 20 in the 5,000m (running the 3,000m on Saturday)
Ashley Stephens (Western State) - No. 2 in the weight throw

LAST TIME OUT: New Mexico Multis & Invitational

New Mexico added two more provisional qualifiers for the 2009 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships as the New Mexico Multis and Invitational wrapped up on Jan. 31 at the Albuquerque Convention Center. Junior transfer Rory Fraser broke a 16-year-old record in the 3,000 meters with an altitude adjusted time of 8:03.75, while fifth-year senior Ariel Burr returned to the national 400 rankings with a time of 54.38.

Collegiate athletes turned in 20 provisional and two automatic qualifying performances, along with three facility records during the two-day meet.

Fraser got a big assist from senior teammate Lee Emanuel, the Lobos' middle distance standout who set an outstanding pace in the 3,000 before stepping aside midway through the race. After narrowly missing the NCAA provisional standard in winning the mile last week in his Lobo track debut Fraser poured it on over the last few laps to break Chip Smith's 1993 record by 3.25 seconds.

Burr, meanwhile, enjoyed an tremendous day on the oval. The Carrizozo, N.M. product edged Texas Tech's Trudeann Clarke by 0.02 seconds to pick up her first 400 victory of the year after redshirting during the winter of 2008.

Burr came back later in the afternoon to finish a strong second in the 200 with a career-best time of 24.43. She led all collegians and finished 0.19 seconds behind former Houston All-American and 2008 Olympian (400m) Ebonie Floyd-Broadnax.

New Mexico also received a big performance from the men's 4x400 team of Jarrin Solomon, Philip Reid, Ryan Steadman, and Dominick Roberts which finished a close second behind Texas Tech with a time of 3:13.59 - the best by a Lobo foursome in over a decade.

Junior transfer Nicky Archer - New Mexico's top finisher at the 2008 NCAA Cross Country Championships - was victorious in her American track debut. The product of Cheshire, England recorded an altitude adjusted time of 9:40.71 - just off the NCAA provisional qualifying standard - after junior teammate Ashley Gibson set a strong early pace. Senior Michelle Corrigan was second with an adjusted time of 10:06.94 in her season debut.

Elsewhere, senior Jermaine McQueen finished third in the 200 with a time of 21.69 - the best by a Lobo since 2001 when Larry Davis set the indoor record with a time of 21.44. Both McQueen and Davis were wide receivers for the UNM football team.

McQueen's performance came after finishing fourth in the 60 with a season-best altitude adjusted time of 6.96. The time would have been even faster if not for a double clutch out of the starting blocks by the Raleigh, N.C. product.

Sophomore teammate Chris Keeling, who is competing unattached this season while he redshirts the 2009 indoor season, clocked an adjusted time of 6.95 in a third place finish.

Redshirt freshman Alex Darling recorded an altitude adjusted time of 2:14.78 - the best by a Lobo in three years - in a second place finish in the women's 800. Fellow Albuquerque La Cueva product Chad Clark also had a solid day, placing fourth in the 60-meter hurdles finals with an adjusted time of 8.57.

Freshman Brandon Simpson, a product of Albuquerque Cibola, was the runner-up in the high jump with a leap of 6' 6 ¾" (2.00m) in his collegiate debut.

MOUNTAIN WEST CONFERENCE LEADERS

With the 2009 Mountain West Conference Indoor Championships three weeks away, several New Mexico athletes have established themselves as gold medal contenders. UNM currently owns the top time/mark in the MWC in seven events.

Senior Ariel Burr has the league's fastest 200 and 400-meter times, while fellow senior Jarrin Solomon is No. 1 in the men's 400 and leads the MWC's top-ranked 4x400 relay team. Junior Rory Fraser is the top-ranked 3,000 runner, senior Josh Cosio shares the best high jump mark and junior Deanna Young is the No. 1 triple jumper in the league.

The following is breakdown of all the Lobos who rank among the top-5 in their respective events:

Men
Sr. Jermaine McQueen - No. 4 in the 60m (6.96)/No. 2 in the 200m (21.69)
Fr. Thomas Trujillo - No. 3 in the 200m (21.83)
Sr. Jarrin Solomon - No. 1 in the 400m (46.84)
Sr. Lee Emanuel - No. 2 in the 800m (1:50.30)
Jr. Rory Fraser - No. 4 in the mile (4:06.56)/No. 1 in the 3,000m (8:03.75)
4x400 relay team (Solomon, Reid, Roberts, Steadman) - No. 1 (3:13.59)
Sr. Josh Cosio - No. 1 in the high jump (6-10.75)
Fr. Brandon Simpson - No. 3 in the high jump (6-06.75)
Sr. Domnick Meadows - No. 2 in the triple jump (49-03.50)

Women
Sr. Ariel Burr - No. 1 in the 200m (24.43)/No. 1 in the 400m (54.38)
Jr. Nicky Archer - No. 3 in the 3,000m (9:40.71)
Jr. Deanna Young - No. 1 in the triple jump (42-04.25)
Sr. Hagit Salamon - No. 5 in the triple jump (38-02.75)

SOLOMON CLOCKS MWC'S THIRD-FASTEST 400

Senior 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 fifth in the country on the 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.

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