April 28, 2009
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - University of New Mexico senior Jermaine McQueen has been selected as the Mountain West Conference Men's Outdoor Track & Field Athlete of the Week the conference office announced this afternoon. New Mexico has won or shared the past three MWC Men's Athlete of the Week awards. The Lobos' three men's awards and four combined men's and women's awards this spring are tied for the most in program history (2007).
The New Mexico men have captured eight Outdoor Athlete of the Week awards over the past three years after winning just six times from 2000-06 and none in their first two seasons in the league
McQueen won the university section of the 100-meter dash with an NCAA regional-qualifying time of 10.46 to lead New Mexico at California's Brutus Hamilton Invitational on April 25. His MWC-leading time was the fastest by a Lobo since 1986 and moved him up to third on the school's all-time performers list.
McQueen, whose 100-meter time is tied for 38th in the nation, also led the Lobo 4x100 relay team to a second-place finish with a time of 40.82. The relay performance is the second-fastest time in the league this year and places the team fifth all-time in school history. The Raleigh, N.C., native moved the Lobos from third to second on the anchor leg of the relay.
The former wide receiver is the first Lobo short sprinter (100m/200m) to win the Athlete of the Week award.
UNM has a program record 16 athletes (10 men, 6 women) in 12 different events qualified for the NCAA Midwest Region Championships. Four athletes have recorded provisional qualifying times for the NCAA Championships in the 10,000m, which is not contested at the regional meet.
New Mexico will host the 19th Don Kirby Memorial Invitational/Rio Rancho High School Invitational on Saturday, May 2 at Great Friends of UNM Track Stadium. It's the final home meet of the year for the Lobos and the first time UNM has invited high school competitors to the Don Kirby Invitational. Sixteen high school teams and five collegiate squads are expected to compete in the day-long event.