April 26, 2005
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - University of New Mexico senior Amanda Barnes won her first Mountain West Conference Athlete of the Week award, the conference announced Tuesday afternoon. Barnes received the award after her record-breaking 52-09.50 throw last weekend at the UC San Diego Triton Invitational. The throw shattered the MWC record, set in 2001 by Colorado State's Liz Toman, by over eight inches.
Barnes' throw placed her third in the Triton Invitational behind UCLA's Jessica Cosby and Kamaiya Warren, who threw 55-11.75 and 54-05.50, respectively. It was only the second time in six meets that Barnes did not finish first in the shot put. Barnes also placed 14th in the hammer throw, with a personal best of 159-06.00, and 17th in the discus.
This is the fifth time this year that Barnes has thrown over 51 feet in the shot put after reaching the 50-foot mark at the 2004 MWC Outdoor Championships. Barnes is currently ranked third in the Midwest Region and 16th in the nation in the event.
Barnes is the first UNM woman to earn the Mountain West Conference Athlete of the Week award since high jumper Kelli Myers on May 7, 2002. Barnes is one of four New Mexico women ever to win the award outdoors, joining Myers, sprinter Adwoa Gyasi-Nmako (2000) and triple jumper Monique Harris (2000.)