Jan. 28, 2009
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - University of New Mexico senior Jarrin Solomon was named Mountain West Conference Men's Indoor Track & Field Athlete of the Week the conference office announced yesterday. 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 on Jan. 24 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 second 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.