April 2, 2008
UPCOMINGThe New Mexico track and field team is headed to one of the premier meets in the country this week when the Lobos head to the 81st Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays. The event so big that one weekend cannot contain it. Spanning five days the event will see some of the best athletes in the country compete. Starting earlier this afternoon the action kicked for the Lobos with Sandy Fortner competing in the heptathlon. Fortner is currently in fifth place after the first five events of the day. The Fort Sumner N.M. product will finish up with the long jump, javelin and 800m tomorrow starting at 12pm.
For a complete schedule of events please visit: Texas Relays Schedule of Events
DISTANCE RUNNERS TO STANFORD INVITATIONALA handful of distance runners will make their season debuts this Friday and Saturday at the Stanford Invitational. The meet will see the return of All-American Jeremy Johnson who was granted a sixth year of eligibility after the NCAA accepted his application for a medical hardship petition. Johnson will run the 1500 meters in his first race of the year. The British duo of Mat Ashton and Lee Emanuel will also hit the track for the first time this year. Ashton will run the 10K and Emanuel will run the 800m.
LIVE RESULTSBoth meets will be carried with LIVE video by: FLOTRACK
81st Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays: LIVE RESULTS
AUSTIN WEATHER REPORTThe weather will be just what the doctor ordered, temperatures from the low 70's to the mid 80's with a few morning clouds on Thursday and Friday morning. Saturdays forecast calls for a high of 80 degrees and sunny and should not affect racing conditions.
PALO ALTO WEATHER REPORTA cool and calm 66-69 degrees is in store for the Lobo distance runners this Friday and Saturday. A Partly cloudy weekend with a 10-20 percent chance of precipitation should not hamper running conditions.
UNM HEAD COACH Joe Franklin's WEEKLY ADDRESSThe Texas Relays is a huge meet in the world of track and field. It's one of the best meets in the country. On the men's side we are going to run a 4x100 meters and 4x400 and hope to get NCAA Regional qualifying times but we need to run well to qualify. In the pole vault Robert Caldwell is ranked fifth in the nation. He will be in an outstanding field and it should be an excited competition. In the Javelin Anthony Fairbanks will also be in an outstanding field and should improve from his last meet in Tempe.
On the women's side we are looking for a nationally qualifying score from Sandy Fortner in the heptathlon. Alesha Walker will be debuting in the long jump as well as Deanna Young in triple jump. We are looking for big marks out of them as well as Briana Paxton, Vanessa Strobbe and Tiyana Peters.
For the distance runners in Stanford Jeremy Johnson will make his debut. He will run the 1500m as a, "rust buster." Mat Ashton will run the 10k, which Johnson will help pace. Lee Emanuel will run a 800m to get ready for next weekend. Brian Valle will also run the 1500m. Kara Henry and Carolyn Boosey will run the steeplechase.
The overall goal is to get 14 regional qualifiers. Realistically this weekend we have a chance of adding four or five to the five that we already have.
LAST TIME OUTNew Mexico jumper Deanna Young punched her ticket to the NCAA Regional Championship with a second place leap of 20" 6 ¼" (6.25m) at the UTEP Springtime Invitational on March 29. In her season debut, Young was almost one full foot above the 19' 8 ¼" regional qualifying mark. Young crushed her previous personal best mark of 18' 0 ½" by over two feet and was only five inches from breaking the New Mexico school record. In the high jump Sandy Fortner also brought home the silver with a new personal best jump of 5' 7". Fortner's previous collegiate best was 5' 6". It was a coming out party of sorts for the freshman competing. Matt Everett brought home a third place finish in the 1500 meters with a time of 4:10.14 in his first collegiate race of his career. Kyle Walker cleared 16' 00 ¾" for a third place finish in the pole vault. Asal Salehpoor finished fourth out of the field of 19 in the long jump with a leap of 18' 8 ½".