June 11, 2009
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - After a stormy, weather-delayed Wednesday the skies cleared and the University of New Mexico shined this evening at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Arkansas' John McDonnell Field. Juniors Michelle Corrigan and Chris Barnicle shocked the fields of the women's and men's 10,000 meters with a pair of All-America performances in their NCAA Outdoor debuts.
Corrigan used a late surge to place eighth - 12 spots above her seed - and become the first UNM woman to earn All-America honors on the track since 1996. Barnicle (Newton, Mass.) finished 13th - seven spots above his seed - to earn All-America laurels as one of the top-eight finishing United States citizens in the race.
He became the fourth Lobo to earn All-America honors in the event and third (five times) since 2003. Barncile and former Lobo Jeremy Johnson combined to give UNM an All-American in the event each of the past three seasons.
Corrigan, meanwhile, joined Tangi Galloway (fourth in the 10K in '96) as the Lobos' only women's All-Americans on the track at the NCAA Championships. Women competed at the old AIAW Championships until 1983.
The Green Bay, Wisc. product clocked a time of 34:20.24 - 37 seconds ahead of junior teammate Nicky Archer, who was 14th (34:57.83).
Corrigan Postrace Interview (Flotrack.org):
Barnicle crossed the line in 29:21.33 - 21 seconds and three spots ahead of senior teammate Mat Ashton (16th, 29:42.60). Ashton capped his Lobo career as one of just three UNM men to advance to the NCAA Championships in consecutive seasons.
In earlier action, senior Lee Emanuel (Hastings, England) qualified for Saturday's 1,500-meter finals by finishing third (3:39.91) to finish in heat one to automatically advance to the finals, which will be televised live on CBS on Saturday at 12:21 p.m. (Mountain).
Emanuel, who won the mile at the 2009 NCAA Indoor Championships in March, owns the fastest time among the finalists. Top-seeded Matthew Centrowitz of Oregon finished a distant 24th with a time of 3:53.19.
Emanuel is the first Lobo to advance to the NCAA 1,500 finals since All-American Kip Koskei in 1979 (third).
Emanuel's Postrace Interview (Flotrack.org):
Junior tranfer Ashley Gibson opened the Thursday action by finishing 22nd in the women's 1,500 semifinals with a time of 4:23.99. Gibson was the first UNM woman to compete in the event at the NCAA Championships.