April 18, 2005
MESA, Ariz. - While technical difficulties in the sports information office at Mesa Community College prevented the timely release of results, the University of New Mexico had plenty of good news to report from its Friday night competition at the Mesa Classic Track and Field Classic. The Lobos won 10 events, set one school record and recorded season-bests in 11 events in their first trip to Mesa since the 2002 season.
The UNM women turned in their finest overall performance of the year, notching seven of the event victories. The Lobos' rookie sprinters shined as Kristan Matison won the 200 with a time of 25.13 and Ariel Burr clocked a season-best 55.66 to win the 400. Matison also placed second in the 100 with a season-best time of 12.12, while freshman teammate Tabatha Shaw was third with a season-best time of 12.43. Shaw also clocked a season-best 25.71 in the 200 to place third, while junior Kimilia Davis posted a solid season-best time of 56.60 to place second in the 400.
New Mexico swept the relay races as the team of Davis, Burr, Shaw and Matison opened the meet with a time of 47.09, the second fastest in fifth-year head coach Matt Henry's tenure, in the 4x100-meter race. KC Prtichard, Burr, Brandie Mills and Matison later came back to win the 4x400 with a time of 3:55.11.
In other track events, freshman Haily Lee won the 400-meter hurdles in a season-best time of 1:04.77, while rookie Stasia Ploskonka broke the four-year-old UNM record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 12:06.25 en route to a third place finish. Just the third New Mexico woman ever to compete in the five-year-old event, Ploskonka ran 5.17 seconds under Hannah Radzinski's 2001 record.
Senior Amanda Barnes dominated the shot put again, while fellow senior Veronica R. Gonzales earned her third career victory in the javelin to lead the Lobo women in the field events. Barnes recorded a mark of 51-10.50, nearly two feet beyond the runner-up, to earn her fourth shot put victory of the season and 12th of her outdoor career. Gonzales, meanwhile, threw a season-best 149-09 to win the javelin by nearly 15 feet. Barnes also placed third in the discus with a season-best mark of 149-08, followed by fellow senior Jamie Fishencord who was fourth (143-02). Freshman Tiyana Peters was the runner-up in the high jump with a leap of 5-06.00.
On the men's side, freshman Jarrin Solomon won the 400 with a season-best time of 48.55, followed by fellow rookie Kurt Henry (50.13) and sophomore Randle McCain (50.17) who placed fourth and fifth, respectively, in their first 400 race of the season. Newcomer Hessel Posthuma won the 1,500 with a time of 4:02.02 in his UNM debut, while the team of McCain, Solomon, Henry and sophomore Jeramie White won the 4x400-meter relay race. Running for the first time together, the foursome clocked a time of 3:14.25, which was the fastest by the Lobos since 2003.
Sophomore transfer Mark Lamb turned in his best performance as a Lobo, recording a pair of season-best times in the hurdle events. Lamb clocked a time of 14.91 to finish fourth in the 110-meter hurdles, then came back to place second in the 400 hurdles with a time of 55.17.
Elsewhere, sophomore Robert Caldwell placed second in the pole vault (16-00.75), while freshman Domnick Meadows was the runner-up in the triple jump (44-10.25). Senior Jordan Parker placed third in the discus (161-08) and fourth in the shot put (54-05.25), while junior Rueben Trujillo was fourth in the javelin (season-best 180-02).
New Mexico travels to San Diego this weekend for the two-day UC-San Diego Open before hosting its lone home meet of the 2005 season on Saturday, April 30. The Lobos will take on Mountain West Conference rivals Colorado State and Wyoming two weeks before the league championship meet in the 15th annual Don Kirby Memorial Invitational, sponsored by the Modrall Sperling law firm. Several regional junior colleges are also expected to attend the non-scoring meet. The action at Great Friends of UNM Track Stadium gets underway at 9:30 a.m. with the field events, followed by the running events at 10:30. Admission is free.