June 9, 2005
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The 2005 University of New Mexico track season came to an end tonight on a humid evening in Northern California at the NCAA Outdoor Championship meet. Senior Amanda Barnes scratched on her first two attempts in the qualifying round of the shot put and finished 23rd with a mark of 48-07.50. Junior Dan Feltman, meanwhile, concluded a taxing decathlon competition in 16th place with a score of 6,794. Feltman finished two spots higher than his seed in his national championships debut.
After dropping as low as 18th in the standings after the first event of the day, the 110-meter hurdles (16th - 15.90), Feltman staged a bit of a comeback, climbing four spots over the next three events. He finished ninth overall in the discus (130-00), was 14th in the pole vault (13-09.25) and had the fifth-best throw (188-05) in his specialty, the javelin, to move into 14th place overall. Unfortunately, an 18th place performance (5:00.67) in the final event, the 1,500-meter run, caused the Deming native to drop back into 16th. Feltman finished 11th among the underclassmen and was one of just 18 men out of the original field of 26 to finish the grueling two-day competition. Texas junior Trey Hardee held off Dartmouth senior Mustafa Abdur-Rahim 7,881-7,739 to win the national title.
Barnes was unable to recapture her magic from the Midwest Regional meet, which also saw her foul on her first two attempts in the shot put before powering her way into the finals. This time the Carlsbad native could only muster a toss of 48-07.50, marking the first time in nearly 3 months that she has thrown under 51 feet. Barnes needed to surpass 51-06.00, a mark she reached five times this spring, to finish in the top 12 and earn a spot in Saturday's finals. She was the first Lobo woman ever to compete in the shot put at the NCAA Championships.
Despite the disappointing finish tonight, Barnes concluded her sensational career as the best all-around women's thrower in New Mexico track and field history. A two-time Mountain West Conference shot put champion, five-time indoor/outdoor all-conference honoree and three-time Midwest Regional qualifier, Barnes set the UNM indoor and outdoor shot put records, weight throw and discus records in her final season. She earned 17 career victories, including 14 in the shot put, and will earn Academic All-MWC honors for the fourth straight season. One of two NCAA Woman of the Year nominees from UNM, Barnes graduated with degrees in Applied Mathematics and Biology, while raising her 6-year-old daughter Sable.