Feb. 9, 2008
AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. - University of New Mexico junior Sandy Fortner recorded a career-best mark of 19' 8" (5.99m) - three inches shy of the school record - to win the long jump this afternoon at the Don Barrett Air Force Open. Fortner destroyed her previous indoor best in the event by nearly seven inches as she moved atop the Mountain West Conference standings in the event.
Fortner also clocked a career-best (altitude adjusted) time of 8.86 to finish fifth in the prelims of the 60-meter hurdles to lead the Lobo split squad at the Cadet Field House.
Elsewhere, senior Kristan Matison recorded a season-best (altitude adjusted) time of 7.85 in the prelims of the 60 and went on to place eighth (7.93) in the event finals.
New Mexico received several top-five finishes in the field events, including junior Tiyana Peters placing fifth in the high jump (5' 7" - 1.70m) and junior Whitney Johnson finishing fourth in the pole vault. Johnson turned in her best performance since undergoing major knee surgery in the summer of 2006, clearing a height of 12' 1 1/2" (3.70m).
On the men's side, senior Robert Caldwell led a 2-4-5 Lobo finish in the pole vault with a mark of 16' 2 3/4" (4.95m). Caldwell, who has been dealing with pain in his knees this winter, rebounded after failing to clear his opening bar in his last two meet appearances.