April 3, 2007
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- University of New Mexico senior Jarrin Solomon has been named Mountain West Conference Men's Outdoor Track and Field Athlete of the Week the conference office announced this afternoon. The award is the first of Solomon's career and the second for the New Mexico men this year, which matches a program record. The Lobos also had two Athlete of the Week award winners in 2002 and '04.
The Albuquerque La Cueva High School product ran a career-best and NCAA regional qualifying time of 46.42 to win the 400-meter race at the Arizona International in Tucson, Ariz. last Saturday. Solomon finished 0.13 seconds ahead of the runner-up, Arizona State All-American Domenik Peterson, as he recorded the fastest time by a Lobo since 1991. He shaved 0.39 seconds off of his previous career-best mark set in May of 2006 at the MWC Outdoor Championship meet.
Solomon's time is the best in the conference this season, the fourth-best in MWC history and currently ranks 10th in the nation. Solomon was also a part of the second-place UNM 4x400 relay team that clocked a conference season-leading time of 3:10.72 in Tucson. The time was New Mexico's fastest in the event since 2003 and just 0.72 seconds off the regional qualifying standard.
UNM sophomore javelin thrower Anthony Fairbanks (Albuquerque Highland HS) was named MWC Men's Outdoor Track and Field Athlete of the Week on March 21.
Solomon and 4x400 relay teammates Randle McCain (Silver City), Kurt Henry (Albuquerque Cibola HS) and Taylor Siemon (Albuquerque La Cueva HS) will compete in the elite Texas Relays on Friday morning. The all-New Mexico foursome won the gold medal in the event at the 2007 MWC Indoor Championship meet in Albuquerque.