March 13, 2009
UPDATE -- The 23rd-ranked University of New Mexico men got out of the blocks well this afternoon at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships in College Station, Texas. Seniors Lee Emanuel (mile) and Jarrin Solomon (400 meters) both qualified for the finals, which will be held on Saturday afternoon and streamed live on ESPN360.com.
Solomon clocked the sixth-fastest qualifying time of the day in the men's 400 and was second in his heat, crossing the line in 46.95. The Albuquerque La Cueva product needs only to finish his race on Saturday to become the Lobos' first indoor All-American in the 400.
The men's 400 will be a two-section final (four runners in each heat) that is scheduled to start at 4:50 p.m. Mountain.
The finals won't feature top-seeded Gakologelwang Masheto of Illinois, who entered the meet with the fastest 400 time in the world (45.80). Masheto won his heat, but was 12th overall (47.27). The fastest eight times qualified for the finals.
Emanuel opened the day by recording the fourth-fastest time in the mile (4:01.61). The Hasting, England product will be one of 10 men vying for the national title tomorrow. Emanuel is the first Lobo to qualify for the NCAA Indoor meet in the mile.
Like the 400, the men's mile prelims saw the top seed finish well off the qualifying pace as Michigan State's Shane Knoll ran the third-slowest time of the day (4:05.05).
The mile finals (one section) get underway at 4:10 p.m. tomorrow.
Later this evening, junior Rory Fraser (No. 11 seed) will run the men's 5,000m finals (6:30 p.m.) and the men's distance medley relay team (David Bishop, Dominick Roberts, Ryan Steadman, Mat Ashton) takes part in a record-setting 18-team final (two sections) at 7:40 p.m. Both events will be streamed live on ESPN360.com.