March 29, 2009
EL PASO, Texas - University of New Mexico junior Alesha Walker wasted no time, recording an NCAA regional qualifying mark in the long jump in her official return to action on Saturday at the UTEP Springtime Invitational. Walker soared 20' 3 ¾" (6.19m) to finish second in the event behind only UTEP's Blessing Okagbare (21' 1 ½" - 6.44m) - the 2008 Olympic bronze medalist in the event.
Walker redshirted the 2009 indoor season after finishing second in the long jump at the Mountain West Conference Outdoor Championships and earning a trip to the U.S. Olympic Trials.
Senior Jermaine McQueen paced UNM on the track, clocking an altitude adjusted time of 21.39 in the 200 meters. McQueen's time was the fastest by a Lobo since 2004 and moved him into sixth on the all-time performance list in the event. He was just 0.04 seconds shy of the NCAA regional qualifying standard.
Other New Mexico highlights included:
-Senior Josh Cosio tied for second in the high jump with a leap of 6' 8 ¾" (2.05m).
-Junior Kim Perkins winning the 400m hurdles with an altitude adjusted time of 1:02.19.