New Mexico Track and Field Heads to Mt. SAC Relays
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  04/17/2008
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

April 17, 2008


The University of New Mexico track and field team will travel to Walnut, Calif. for the 50th running of the Mt. SAC Relays this weekend (April 17-19). New Mexico will look to continue to add to the number of NCAA Midwest Regional qualifiers and help boost its national rankings. While most of the sprinters and distance runners will head to Mt. SAC the field event athletes will compete at the TCU Invitational to get a feel for the facilities where the Mountain West Championships (May 14-17) will be held.


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"This weekend becomes a down weekend for us. Not that we are going to take this meet lightly, we are just trying to get ready for Cal (next week) and the Don Kirby Invitational (May 3 home meet). Ariel (Burr) will run the Olympic Development section of the 400. Our normal relay guys will run open races. Guys like Philip Reid, Kurt Henry, Ryan Steadman will all run their primary events. For the distance guys and girls, Mat Ashton will run the 5,000 as will Carolyn Boosey. Kara Henry will look to get better in the steeplechase. Jeremy Johnson will not be going as he gets over the flu."

"A lot of field event kids will go to TCU to get used to the runways and vault pits. Sandy Fortner will go to TCU and compete in some capacity, we just don't know which events yet. Sandy will look to improve and prepare for a heptathlon next week. We hope to get (pole vaulter) Kyle Walker regionally qualified."


University of New Mexico junior Lee Emanuel was selected as the Mountain West Conference Men's Outdoor Track and Field Co-Athlete of the Week on Tuesday, sharing the award with BYU's Leif Arrhenius. Emanuel recorded a time of 3:40.77 - the second-fastest in the nation - to lead all collegians in the invitational 1,500-meter run at Arizona State's Sun Angel Track Classic on April 12.

Emanuel trailed only world-class runners Lopez Lamong (2007 NCAA 1,500 champion), Matt Tegenkamp (American two-mile record holder), Jonathon Riley (three-time U.S. champion) and Chris Solinsky (five-time NCAA champion) - all competing for Nike - and missed the 29-year-old UNM record by 2.17 seconds in his first collegiate 1,500 race.


Sophomore sensations Alesha Walker and Deanna Young have helped put the Lobo women's track and field team on the national map. The women's team is ranked 24th in the nation thanks to some key performances by Walker and Young.

Walker's school record-breaking jump of 21"4' at the UTEP Invitational on April 12 is the third best leap in the nation. Walker's jump is also the sixth best leap in the world as of April 13th according to www.iaaf.org. Young whose forte is the triple jump has the 22nd best mark in the nation at 42' 5 ¼" and also owns the nations 16th best long jump with a mark of 20" 6 ¼" (March 29).

Other Lobo Women Contributing to National Ranking:
Jr. Katie Coronado - Javelin (171' 5") - Ranked 9th Nationally
Sr. Tiyana Peters - High Jump (5' 10") - Ranked 10th Nationally
Jr. Sandy Fortner - Heptathlon (5,343) - Ranked 11th Nationally
Sr. Kara Henry - 3,000m Steeplechase (10:41.16) - Ranked 34th Nationally


Junior Transfer Lee Emanuel just missed a twenty year old school record by 2.17 seconds on his way to posting the second-fastest 1,500m time in the nation with a 3:40.77 on April 12 at the Sun Angel Classic in Tempe Ariz. Emanuel holds the top time in the Mountain West Conference - almost a full four seconds ahead of BYU's Kyle Perry. The Hastings, England product holds the UNM indoor school record in the mile at 4:04.27 and was a little over two seconds shy of breaking Kip Koskei's 1979 record of 3:38.60 in the 1,500.

Other Lobo Men Contributing to National Ranking:
Sr. Robert Caldwell - Pole Vault (17' 2 ¾") - Ranked 9th Nationally
Jr. Anthony Fairbanks - Javelin (224' 11") - Ranked 15th Nationally
Jr. Mat Ashton - 10,000 (29:12.81) - Ranked 19th Nationally


29th Annual Sun Angel Classic University of New Mexico junior transfer Lee Emanuel recorded a national-leading time of 3:40.77 to lead all collegians in the invitational 1,500-meter run on April 12 at Arizona State's 29th annual Sun Angel Track Classic. Emanuel trailed only world class runners Lopez Lamong, Matt Tegenkamp, Jonathon Riley and Chris Solinsky - all competing for Nike - and missed the 29-year-old UNM record by 2.17 seconds in his first collegiate 1,500 race.

The Sun Angel Classic also marked a solid return to 400-meter competition for senior Ariel Burr, who won the open section with a time of 54.90. It was the first 400 race of the year for Burr who redshirted indoors after becoming the first UNM woman to advance to the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the event last year.

UTEP Invitational University of New Mexico sophomore Alesha Walker flew 21' 4" (6.50m) to break the 18-year-old school record in the long jump on April 12 at the UTEP Invitational. The Killeen, Texas product surpassed All-American Lavern Clarke's 1990 mark by 4 1/4 inches to move up to third in the current national rankings and tied for fourth on the Mountain West Conference all-time list.

Elsewhere at Kidd Field, senior Tiyana Peters turned in her best performance of the season, matching her career best with a leap of 5' 10" (1.78m) to win the high jump. Peters, who has won three consecutive indoor/outdoor MWC high jump titles, continues to lead the conference in the event.

Junior Katie Coronado cruised to her fourth women's javelin victory in as many meets, handling the field with a throw of 162' 4" (49.49m). Coronado finished over 21 feet ahead of the nearest competitor and defeated former UTEP All-American and 2007 NCAA runner-up Erma Gene Evans (3rd, 137' 5") for the first time.


Several Lobos are highly ranked in the Mountain West Conference and with five weeks left until the MWC Outdoor Championships in Fort Worth (May 14-17), the Lobos will look to improve in the conference standings. New Mexico has eight athletes currently ranked No. 1 in the conference in their respective events with six other marks ranked among the top-3 in the MWC.

Junior transfer Lee Emanuel leads the MWC in the 1,500 with a time of 3:40.77, while British mate and fellow junior transfer Mat Ashton has the top spot in the 10,000 with a time of 29:12.81. Junior javelin thrower Anthony Fairbanks leads the MWC by over nine feet with a top mark of 224' 11" (68.55m).

Junior high jumper Josh Cosio cleared 6' 8 ¾" (2.05m) - the second best mark in the conference - while senior pole vaulter Robert Caldwell's mark of 17' 2 ¾" (5.25m) is good for third in the MWC. The men's 4x100 relay team of freshman Chris Keeling, seniors Jarrin Solomon and Kurt Henry, and sophomore Philip Reid owns the second-fastest time in the league at 41.82.

On the women's side, Senior 400m ace Ariel Burr holds to top spot in the event with a time of 54.90. In the high jump juniors Tiyana Peters and Sandy Fortner hold the first and second best marks in the MWC. Peters has tied a career best with a 5' 10" (1.78m) leap while Fortner cleared 5' 7" (1.70m). Fortner also holds the 2nd best mark in the heptathlon with 3,434 points. Junior Katie Coronado has the MWC top throw in the javelin of 171' 5" (52.25m), which is 14 feet ahead of the next competitor.

Sophomores Alesha Walker and Deanna Young have the first and third best leaps in the long jump. Walker smashed the 18 years old New Mexico school record as she flew into the MWC lead with a jump of 21' 4" (6.50m). Young made her season debut a quality outing at the when she just missed the UNM school record with a jump 20' 6 ¼" (6.25m). Young also owns the MWC top triple jump spot with a mark of 42' 5 ½" (12.94m).

Other Lobos Ranked in the Top 10 in the MWC include:

100 Meters:
Alesha Walker - 8th (11.93*)

200 Meters:
Ariel Burr - 7th (24.36*)

100 Meter Hurdles:
Sandy Fortner - 7th (14.38*)

400 Meter Hurdles:
Kim Perkins - 6th (1:01.41)

3,000 Meter Steeplechase:
Kara Henry - 4th (10:41.16) Carolyn Boosey - 7th (10:56.74)

Long Jump:
Sandy Fortner - 9th (19' 4 ¾")

Triple Jump:
Britney Smith - 6th (37' 10 ½")

Shot Put:
Brianna Paxton - 7th (44' 3 ¼") Sandy Fortner - 9th (43" 0 ¼")

Vanessa Strobbe - 8th (135' 5")

200 Meters:
Philip Reid - 6th (48.02) Jarrin Solomon - 7th (48.07)

800 Meters:
Lee Emanuel - 4th (1:50.91) Ryan Steadman - 8th (1:52.84)

1,500 Meters:
Jeremy Johnson - 4th (3:50.00)

5,000 Meters:
Joseph Garcia - 10th (14.52.70)

4 x 400 Meter Relay:
Reid, Solomon, Ku. Henry, Steadman - 4th (3:12.41)

Pole Vault:
Kyle Walker - 6th (16' 0 ¾") Adam Martinez - 7th (15' 7")

Hammer Throw:
Matthew Henry-Marshall 6th (171' 1")