March 23, 2006
UPCOMINGAfter a historic indoor campaign, the University of New Mexico men and women open the 2006 outdoor track and field season in Tucson, Ariz. this weekend at the Jim Click Shootout. The Lobos will be part of a six-team field that also includes host Arizona, Kansas State, Notre Dame, San Diego State and Wyoming. The three-day meet gets underway today and tomorrow with the multi-event competition and concludes with the rest of the events on Saturday.
This weekend's meet marks the latest official outdoor season-opener for New Mexico since 1967 and will be the first meet in four weeks for all the UNM athletes, except for NCAA indoor pole vault qualifiers Robert Caldwell and Derek Mackel. The rest of the team last competed on Feb. 25 on the final day of the Mountain West Conference Indoor Championships in Albuquerque.
THE JIM CLICK SHOOTOUT AT A GLANCEResults: Meet results will be available online at www.arizonaathletics.com.
Schedule: Freshman Sandy Fortner (Fort Sumner, N.M.) will compete in her first collegiate heptathlon on Thursday and Friday. New Mexico's full men's and women's squads will be in action on Saturday.
Weather: Saturday's forecast in Tucson is for partly cloudy skies, a high of 81 degrees, 12 mile-per-hour winds and 17 percent humidity. There is no chance of precipitation.
Last Meet At Arizona: UNM opened the 2005 outdoor season at Arizona's Willie Williams Classic (March 18-19). Amanda Barnes won the shot put and was one of three Lobo throwers to secure regional qualifying marks, along with Jordan Parker (shot put) and Jessica McIntyre (javelin). UNM also received top-5 finishes from Riann Lucy (5th - 800m), Timmie Murphy (4th - 5,000m), Nick Martinez (3rd - 1,500m), Kimilia Davis (5th - 400m), Whitney Johnson (5th - pole vault) and Barnes again in the discus.
Outdoor Openers In Tucson: New Mexico has kicked off its outdoor season at Arizona four times in head coach Matt Henry's six-year tenure. 2002 (San Antonio) and 2003 (Albuquerque) were the only years the Lobos started their spring season elsewhere.