April 22, 2007
SAN DIEGO - The University of New Mexico track and field team turned in a solid performance in sunny San Diego today at the UCSD Triton Invitational. Junior Tiyana Peters cleared an outdoor-best 5' 10" to finish tied for third in the high jump and the men's 4x400-meter relay cruised to a wire-to-wire victory to lead the Lobos on the track. New Mexico returns to San Diego in three weeks for the Mountain West Conference Championships, hosted by San Diego State (May 10-12).
After clearing the NCAA regional qualifying height of 5' 8 ¾" in each of her past four meets, Peters got over the 5' 10" bar for the first time this afternoon. She cleared the same height en route to the MWC Indoor title in February and is the current conference leader outdoors.
Later, the all-New Mexico men's 4x400 team of sophomore Taylor Siemon (Albuquerque La Cueva), junior Jarrin Solomon (Albuquerque La Cueva), junior Kurt Henry (Albuquerque Cibola) and senior Randle McCain (Silver City) dominated the field, winning easily with a time of 3:12.91. (The official results incorrectly credit the Lobos' time to Cal Poly Pomona.)
The UNM foursome, however, expressed some frustration after the race when their rematch with Arizona State never materialized. The Lobos had been looking forward to a second head-to-head match-up with the Sun Devils after being narrowly defeated on March 31 in Tucson, but ASU pulled out of the race.
The women's 4x100 relay team of junior Ariel Burr, freshman Alesha Walker, freshman Tressi Richardson and junior Kristan Matison got the day off to a good start, finishing second with a time of 46.26. New Mexico recorded its first legal time of the year after being disqualified earlier in the season at Arizona.
The men's 4x100 team of freshman Philip Reid, senior Mark Lamb, Siemon and Solomon followed with its first official time of the year as well. The Lobos won their heat and finished fourth overall with a time of 42.03. Like the women, UNM was disqualified in its previous race at Arizona.
Freshmen Brian Vallie and Kelly McCabe turned in two of the best individual performances of the day on the track for the Lobos. Vallie placed seventh in his first collegiate 1,500 with a time of 3:50.67 - the fastest by a Lobo in two years. McCabe slashed nearly 37 seconds off her school record in the 3,000 steeplechase, finishing fourth with a time of 11:15.58.
Other meet highlights included:
-Ariel Burr finishing third (2nd collegian) in the 400 with a time of 54.34...Burr recorded the time after her heat was called back to the starting line 100 meters into their race.
-Kristan Matison finishing ninth in the 100 (12.26) and 200 (24.83)...Matison was the fourth collegiate finisher in the 100 and clocked a season-best in the 200.
-Alesha Walker clocking a season-best time of 24.69 en route to a sixth place finish in the 200 (3rd collegiate).
-Sophomore Leslie Luna finishing sixth in the 3,000 with a time of 10:12.50.
-Freshman Vanessa Ortiz clocking a time of 17:55.67 - the team's second fastest this year - en route to a fifth place finish in her first outdoor 5,000 race.
-Freshman Kim Perkins finishing third in the 400 hurdles with a season-best time of 1:02.61.
-The women's 4x400 team of senior KC Pritchard, Christina Zarrella, Kim Perkins and redshirt freshman Katie Candelaria finishing third with a time of 3:54.32, despite running without team leader Ariel Burr for the second straight week.
-Sophomore Sarah Swartwood recording a personal record of 42' 9 ¾" in the shot put - almost two feet beyond her previous best - and a career-best mark of 145' 11" in the hammer - nearly five feet beyond her previous best.
-Sophomore Katie Coronado finishing fifth in the javelin with a mark of 160' 4" - her second-best mark of the season.
-Taylor Siemon finishing seventh in the 400, fourth among collegiate athletes, with a time of 48.81.
-Sophomore Anthony Fairbanks recording his second-best mark of the year (213' 5") en route to a fifth place finish (second among collegians) in the men's javelin.