Five Lobos Invited To NCAA Track & Field Championships
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  05/30/2007
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

May 30, 2007

UPDATE -- Five University of New Mexico athletes saw their names appear on the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships declaration list released on Tuesday. Sophomore javelin thrower Katie Coronado received an at-large bid, joining automatic qualifiers Ariel Burr (400m), Jeremy Johnson (10,000m), Timmie Murphy (5,000m) and Jarrin Solomon (400m). All five will be making their first trip to the national championship meet, which will be held June 6-9 in Sacramento, Calif.

In seventh-year head coach Matt Henry's final season at UNM, the Lobos will have their largest group at the NCAA Championships since 1990. The previous high under Henry was three qualifiers in 2005.

The New Mexico men have sent two athletes to the national meet each year since 2004 and have had a representative at the outdoor championships for five straight seasons - the longest streak since a six-year run from 1982-87. The Lobos had one men's qualifier (1998 and 2000) between 1993-2002.

The UNM women, meanwhile, have their best representation at the outdoor championships since 1990 when four athletes qualified for the NCAA meet. The Lobos had one woman (thrower Amanda Barnes in 2005) advance to the outdoor championships over the past three years.

All five of the 2007 participants are products of New Mexico high schools. Johnson (Manzano) and Solomon (La Cueva) are from Albuquerque, while Burr (Carrizozo) and Coronado are from the southeast part of the state. Murphy hails from Farmington in northwest New Mexico. Under Henry, 12 of the Lobos' 15 individual NCAA qualifiers (indoor/outdoor) have been in-state products, including All-Americans Matt Gonzales (Santa Fe) and Robert Caldwell (Socorro).

2007 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships - UNM Qualifiers

Jr. Ariel Burr (Carrizozo HS/Carrizozo, N.M.) - 400m (prelims at 7:20 p.m. on June 6)
- First UNM woman to qualify for NCAA Championships in the 400 meters
- First women's sprinter to qualify for nationals since 1990
- UNM indoor/outdoor 400m record holder
- Five-time all-Mountain West Conference, 2007 MWC indoor champion
- Two-time Academic all-MWC honoree and a MWC Scholar-Athlete award winner

So. Katie Coronado (Ruidoso HS/Ruidoso, N.M.) - Javelin (qualifying at 7 p.m. on June 7)
- Second UNM woman to qualify for NCAA Championships in the javelin along with All-American Sarah Nicholsen (1996-97)
- Was one of the last athletes left out of the NCAA javelin field in 2006
- Two-time all-Mountain West Conference, 2007 MWC Champion
- UNM javelin record holder
- Academic all-MWC honoree

Sr. Jeremy Johnson (Arizona/Manzano HS/Albuquerque, N.M.) - 10,000m (finals at 9 p.m. on June 7)
- Second distance runner to qualify under Matt Henry, along with two-time 10,000-meter All-American Matt Gonzales (2003-04)
- Also qualified in the 5,000, but will focus on the 10K at the national meet
- Five-time all-Mountain West Conference (2006-07)
- Competed at UNM as a true freshman during the 2002-03 cross country/track seasons, then transferred to Arizona (2003-04) before returning to New Mexico...Sat out the 2005-06 seasons due to NCAA transfer rules...Has one season of cross country eligibility remaining
- Two-time Academic all-MWC honoree, MWC Scholar-Athlete Award winner

Sr. Timmie Murphy (Farmington HS/Farmington, N.M.) - 5,000m (semifinals at 10:30 p.m. on June 6)
- First UNM women's distance runner to qualify for NCAA Championships since All-American Tangi Galloway (1996-97)
- Second UNM woman to compete in the 5,000 at outdoor championships and first since 1994
- Also qualified in the 10,000, but will focus on the 5K at the national meet
- 2006 NCAA Cross Country Championships qualifier
- Two-time all-Mountain West Conference in track, two-time first team all-MWC in cross country
- UNM indoor 3,000m record holder

Jr. Jarrin Solomon (La Cueva HS/Albuquerque, N.M.) - 400m (prelims at 7 p.m. on June 6)
- First UNM man to qualify for the NCAA Championships in the 400 since 1991
- First sprinter in program history from a New Mexico high school to qualify for the national meet
- Nine-time all-Mountain West Conference, 2007 MWC outdoor 400 champion and led UNM to MWC indoor 4x400 relay title in `07
- Son of Michael Solomon - the Lobos' last All-American in the 400 (1976)...Michael was a two-time All-American, the 1977 NCAA indoor 600-yard champion and a two-time Olympian (1976 & '80) for Trinidad & Tobago
- Alternate for the Trinidad & Tobago national team last summer at the 2006 Central American and Caribbean Games in Cartagena, Columbia
- Primarily a soccer player in high school...three-time all-state defender who was recruited to play at North Carolina...only started training full-time in track during his first semester of college
- Two-time Academic all-MWC