June 6, 2005
UPCOMINGFor the first time in twenty years, three in-state products will represent the University of New Mexico at the highest level of collegiate track and field competition when they join the field of the 2005 NCAA Outdoor Championships this week in Sacramento, Calif. Senior Amanda Barnes (Carlsbad, N.M.) and juniors Dan Feltman (Deming, N.M.) and Matt Keeran (Albuquerque La Cueva) each will be making their national championships debut on Wednesday and Thursday, June 8-9, at the Hornet Stadium. The trio is New Mexico's largest contingent at the NCAA Championships since 1991.
Feltman opens the meet on Wednesday with five decathlon events (100 meters, long jump, shot put, high jump, 400 meters) from 2:30-9:05 p.m. (MST). Keeran, meanwhile, begins the qualifying round of the javelin on Wednesday at 4 p.m. Feltman wraps up the final five events of the decathlon (110-meter hurdles, discus, pole vault, javelin, 1,500 meters) from 12:15-9:20 p.m. on Thursday, followed by Barnes in the qualifying round of the shot put at 9:30.
Track and field is the oldest of the NCAA championships, going back to 1921. With the advent of regional qualifying in 2003, it's now the largest as well with a field of 1,100 athletes set to compete in Sacramento.
For the first time since World War II, the NCAA meet has a semi-permanent home. The NCAA track and field committee broke with tradition in awarding the 2005, 2006 and 2007 collegiate track championships to Sacramento. The NCAA meet hasn't been held at the same site in successive years since Marquette University in Milwaukee played host to the 1944-45 championships.
Sacramento State hosted the 2003 NCAA meet, attracting 31,900 fans over four days of competition at 21,000-seat Hornet Stadium in the A.G. Spanos Sports Complex. Sacramento averaged more than 20,000 spectators over 16 days of competition at the 2000 and 2004 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials.
The weather forecast in Sacramento calls for sunny skies and temperature highs in the low to mid-80s each day of the national championship meet.
MEET INFORMATION/RESULTSComplete information and results from the 2005 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships will be available on the official website of the host institution, California State University, Sacramento:
Information and results can also be found on the official website of the NCAA:
LOBO TRAVEL PLANSThe UNM coaching staff will accompany Dan Feltman to Sacramento on Monday, June 6. Matt Keearan will depart for California on Tuesday, followed by Amanda Barnes on Wednesday. Barnes will practice on the hammer throw fields across from the UNM Track Stadium on Monday and Tuesday at approximately 2:30 p.m. Due to an injury, Keeran will not be training until he arrives in Sacramento. Contact Lobo track and field SID Alfredo Moreno (505-925-5524) with any questions or if you need assistance in contacting the UNM coaches or athletes.
NEW MEXICO AT THE NCAA OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPSUnder fifth-year head coach Matt Henry, New Mexico has sent at least two athletes to the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship meet each of the past four years. Four different men and three different women have competed at the national meet since 2002. Hammer thrower Stephen Dunbar (1998, 2000) was the lone UNM representative at the NCAA Outdoor Championships from 1998-2001. The following is a year-by-year breakdown of the Lobos' performance at the NCAA Outdoor Championship meet under Henry.
Jr. Keren Sari-Bentzur (Omer, Israel) Heptathlon 5,285 pts. (9th)
Fr. Kelli Myers (Lovington, N.M.) High Jump no height
So. Matt Gonzales (Santa Fe, N.M.) 10,000m 28:26.88 (3rd)
Sr. Keren Sari-Bentzur (Omer, Israel) Heptathlon 4,887 pts. (22nd)
So. Matt Gonzales (Santa Fe, N.M.) 10,000m 29:58.05 (4th)
Sr. Mark Johnson (Fontana, Wisc.) Decathlon 7,277 pts. (15th)
Italics indicate All-America honors
Since 1930, New Mexico athletes have earned All-America honors 58 times (men - 34, women - 24) and won eight event titles at the national outdoor championship meet (including women's AIAW championships). The UNM men have scored 22 times at the national championship meet, including seven top-25 finishes. New Mexico finished fifth in 1965, seven points out of first, and tied for fifth in `67. The Lobo women, meanwhile, have scored at seven outdoor championship meets, notching top-25 finishes at the 1976 (12th), `79 (9th) and `81 (14th) AIAW National Championships.
A LOOK BACK AT 1991New Mexico has three competitors in the NCAA Outdoor Championship field for the first time since 1991 when seniors Lavern Clarke (Winnipeg, Canada) and Simon Arkell (Stirling, Australia), and sophomore Tony Eziuka (Jos, Nigeria) made the trip to Eugene, Ore. for the national championship meet. Arkell led the Lobo men to a finish of 63rd by tying for fifth place in the men's pole vault (18-00.50). His performance earned him All-America honors for the third year in a row at the outdoor championships. Clarke, meanwhile, just missed becoming a back-to-back All-American in the triple jump as she finished ninth in the finals with a leap of 41-05.25. Eziuka, however, was forced to pull out of the 400-meter competition after suffering an injury during training.
ZIA PRIDESince taking over at his alma mater in the summer of 2000, UNM head coach Matt Henry has made New Mexico's finest high school track and field athletes the cornerstone of his up-and-coming program. This year, over 80 percent (74 total) of Henry's Lobos hail from the Land of Enchantment, including 31 former New Mexico high school state champions on the men's and women's roster. Former prep champs Amanda Barnes (shot put - 5A Carlsbad HS), Dan Feltman (5 events - 4A Deming HS) and Matt Keeran (javelin - 5A Albuquerque La Cueva HS) will represent UNM this week in Sacramento, marking the first time in 20 years that three New Mexicans have donned the cherry and silver at the NCAA Championships. In 1985, Albuquerque natives Ted Crouch (hammer), Carole Roybal (3,000m) and Pam Posey (100m) were among the five UNM men and women to qualify for the national meet.
SCOUTING THE LOBOS
Amanda Barnes 5-9 Sr-3L Carlsbad, N.M. Shot Put
The Lobos' top-ranked competitor at the NCAA Championships, entering the shot put competition as the No. 15 seed...advanced to the national meet by earning the fifth automatic qualifying berth out of the Midwest Region
Dan Feltman 6-4 Jr-2L Deming, N.M. Decathlon
2005 Mountain West Conference champion who could be one of the best kept secrets in the NCAA decathlon field...was selected out of the provisional qualifying pool and enters the meet ranked 18th after recording a
Matt Keeran 6-2 Jr-2L Albuquerque, N.M. Javelin
2005 Mountain West Conference javelin champion who has had a dramatic two-week surge to get into the NCAA Championship field...underwent elbow surgery in the spring of 2004 after earning all-MWC honors in 2002 and