May 28, 2006
AUSTIN, Texas - Freshman Anthony Fairbanks' seventh place performance in the javelin on Saturday afternoon helped the men of New Mexico finish a program-best 16th at the NCAA Midwest Regional Championship meet. Fairbanks added two more points, giving UNM a two-day total of 16, and made himself a candidate for an at-large bid to the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Sacramento (June 7-10).
Fairbanks' throw of 206' 3" on his third attempt moved him up five spots from 13th and into the finals. The Albuquerque Highland product led all Mountain West Conference competitors in the field, including the conference record holder, TCU's Joe Brown (14th - 190' 10"). Fairbanks joined counterpart Katie Coronado, who was also seventh in the women's javelin on Friday, as the only Lobo rookies to score at the elite Midwest Regional meet.
Senior teammate Matt Keeran, however, was unable to recapture his late season magic of a year ago as he finished 16th with a throw of 178' 9". Keeran, who advanced to the 2005 NCAA Championships with a seventh place finish at the Midwest Regional meet, owned the fifth-best mark in the region entering the weekend with a throw of 218' 8".
Elsewhere, fifth-year senior Jamie Fishencord ended her fine career by placing 20th in the hammer throw (174' 1") and freshman Josh Cosio was unable to clear the opening bar of 6' 9" in the high jump. The UNM women finished tied for 31st in the overall standings on Coronado's two points in the javelin.
While senior pole vaulter Derek Mackel secured his first trip to the NCAA Outdoor Championships with his victory on Friday, junior vaulter Robert Caldwell, Coronado, and Fairbanks will all have to wait until the NCAA Championship Committee announces the national field on Monday.