New Mexico Sprinters to Compete in Elite Meet in Arkansas
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  02/14/2008
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Feb. 14, 2008


The New Mexico track and field team will once again send split squads to different parts of the nation Friday and Saturday. The sprinters and jumpers will head to the Tyson Invite at the University of Arkansas, while the distance runners will travel to the Husky Classic at the University of Washington. The two meets will be the final chance for the Lobos to improve in the conference rankings before the Mountain West Conference Indoor Championships (Feb. 28 - March 1).


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"The University of Washington is primarily a distance runners meet. We will run Lee Emanuel in another mile and Mat Ashton in a 5,000. I think he can push near 14 minutes if things go well. We will also be taking Michelle Corrigan who will run the 5,000 meters, Joe Garcia, Brock Hagerman, Nick Argüelles, Brian Vallie, Kara Henry, Carolyn Boosey and Vanessa Ortiz."

"When we go to Arkansas, Alesha Walker will long jump and run the 60 meters. It will be a neat head-to-head duel between Alesha and Sandy Fortner. Sandy is on fire right now and she just continues to improve and improve. Whitney Johnson had a big breakthrough this weekend. Coming of ACL surgery that's huge for her. All our jumpers will be out there, Tiyana Peters, Josh Cosio, Domnick Meadows, Hagit Salamon and Deanna Young. It should be a really good meet."


Junior transfer Lee Emanuel has been named Mountain West Conference Men's Track and Field Athlete of the Week the conference office announced Feb. 12. Emanuel is just the third Lobo to earn the men's award during the indoor season and the first since pole vaulter Derek Mackel in 2006. Just two races into his New Mexico track career Emanuel established himself as the fastest indoor miler in school history. He clocked a time of 4:02.47 to break Ibrahim Hussein's 24-year-old UNM record by 1.73 seconds on Feb. 9 at Notre Dame's Meyo Invitational.

The Hastings, England product was the sixth collegiate finisher and eighth overall in the meet's marquee event - the Meyo Mile - and was one of 10 runners in the race to run under the NCAA provisional qualifying standard. The top three finishers all ran under four minutes with Wisconsin's Jack Bolas breaking the tape with a time of 3:59.40. Among the notable runners Emanuel defeated in the race were: two-time All-American Sam Blair of Pittsburgh, Big 10 Conference 1,500-meter champion and All-American Justin Switzer of Michigan, and NCAA regional 1,500 qualifiers Tim Cornell of Missouri and Jim Pancoast of Michigan State. Emanuel's time currently ranks third in the MWC and 19th nationally this year.


With the MWC Championships set to begin on Feb. 28, this will be the final opportunity for the Lobos to improve their conference rankings. New Mexico athletes have already some of the best marks in the conference. Junior high jumper Tiyana Peters cleared a height of 5' 7 3/4" on Jan. 19 in Flagstaff to set the bar for the MWC. Junior pentathlete Sandy Fortner recorded a jump of 19'8" at the Don Barrett Invitational on Feb 9 for the third best mark in the MWC. Fortner is has also scored 3,961 points in the pentathlon, which is second best mark in the MWC (University Park, Pa. Jan. 25).

Other performances that deserve a tip of the hat, include junior transfer Lee Emanuel's school record breaking mile time of 4:02:37 (Notre Dame, Ind. - Feb. 9) is the third fastest time in the conference. Emanuel also ranks third in the MWC in the 800 meters with a time of 1:52.15* (Flagstaff, Ariz. - Jan. 19). Junior high jumper Josh Cosio cleared a height of 6'9" at Penn State, which is tied for the second-best jump in the conference. Junior Transfer Mat Ashton made his season debut at the Meyo Invitational on Feb. 9 and ran a time of 8:13.44 in the 3,000 good for third in the MWC. Also making her debut at the Meyo Invitational was junior transfer Michelle Corrigan who ran the third best time in the 3,000 with a time of 9:45.26.

The following are the rest of the Lobos that rank among the top-10 on the MWC's Event Performance List:

WOMEN: 60 Meters: So. Alesha Walker - 7th (7.70)

60 Meter Hurdles: Sandy Fornter - 8th (8.86)

3,000 Meters: Jr. Carolyn Boosey - 6th (10:05.34)

High Jump: Sandy Fortner - 5th (5-05.25)

Long Jump: Alesha Walker - 6th (19-02.75)

Triple Jump: Deanna Young - 6th (39-10-.75) Hagit Salamon - 10th (38-07.50)

Shot Put: Briana Paxton - 7th (45-00.25)

MEN: 60 Meters: Chris Keeling - 10th (7:03)

200 Meters: Philip Reid - 9th (22:00)

400 Meters: Philip Reid - 6th (49.01) Ryan Steadman - 8th (49:01)

800 Meters: Ryan Steadman - 8th (1:53.22) Brian Vallie - 9th (1:53.40)

Mile: Brock Hagerman - 10th (4:12.74)

Pole Vault: Robert Caldwell - 5th (17-02.75) Adam Martinez - 8th (15-09.00) Kyle Walker - T-9th (15-07.00)

Long Jump: Domnick Meadows - 5th (22-11.75)

Triple Jump: Domnick Meadows - 5th (47-11.25)

Weight Throw: Matthew Henry-Marshall - 9th (54-02.50)


Don Barrett Invite Air Force Open University of New Mexico junior Sandy Fortner recorded a career-best mark of 19' 8" (5.99m) - three inches shy of the school record - to win the long jump Feb. 9 at the Don Barrett Air Force Open. Fortner destroyed her previous indoor best in the event by nearly seven inches as she moved in to third in the Mountain West Conference standings in the event. Fortner also clocked a career-best (altitude adjusted) time of 8.86 to finish fifth in the prelims of the 60-meter hurdles to lead the Lobo split squad at the Cadet Field House.

New Mexico received several top-five finishes in the field events, including junior Tiyana Peters placing fifth in the high jump (5' 7" - 1.70m) and junior Whitney Johnson finishing fourth in the pole vault. Johnson turned in her best performance since undergoing major knee surgery in the summer of 2006, clearing a height of 12' 1 1/2" (3.70m).

On the men's side, senior Robert Caldwell led a 2-4-5 Lobo finish in the pole vault with a mark of 16' 2 3/4" (4.95m). Caldwell, who has been dealing with pain in his knees this winter, rebounded after failing to clear his opening bar in his last two meet appearances.

Junior Adam Martinez finished fourth in the event with an indoor-best mark of 15' 9" (4.80m), while rookie Kyle Walker was fifth (15' 3" - 4.65m).

Meyo Invitational

Just two races into his University of New Mexico career junior transfer Lee Emanuel established himself as the fastest indoor miler in school history. Emanuel clocked a time of 4:02.47 to break Ibrahim Hussein's 24-year-old UNM record by 1.73 seconds at Notre Dame's Meyo Invitational.

Junior transfers Michelle Corrigan and Mat Ashton clocked the team's fastest 3,000 times in their Lobo track debuts. Corrigan, who spent her first two years at Mississippi State, finished 11th in the field of 57 with a time of 9:45.26. Ashton, a transfer from London's St. Mary's University, was 13th out of 56 with a time of 8:13.44.


Three transfers have made the trip across the pond to run for New Mexico. Juniors Carolyn Boosey, Mat Ashton and Lee Emanuel were lured to New Mexico by he scenic view and historic training grounds that have helped prepare the some of the worlds best runners for big time competition. All three have made an immediate impact in their first seasons as Lobos. Emanuel set the New Mexico's mile record, which he set at the Meyo Invitational on Feb. 9 with a time of 4:02:47. Emanual also has the second best time in the MWC in the 800 meters with a time of 1:52.15* (Flagstaff, Ariz. - Jan. 19). Boosey has run the second fastest mile for the Lobos this year with a time of 5:17.93* (Flagstaff, Ariz. - Jan. 19) as well as the 6th best time of 10:05.34 in the conference in the 3K. Aston made his American track debut at the Meyo Invitational on Feb. 9 and recorded the MWC's third best time in the 3,000 meters with a time of 8:13.44.


New Mexico will not have the luxury of any indoor home meets this year. The Albuquerque Convention Center, home to New Mexico indoor Track and Field, will not host any events this year as the facilities are booked through the spring. The Lobos are slated to return to the Convention Center in the winter of 2009. UNM competed in all but one regular season indoor meet at the downtown Albuquerque venue in 2006 and 2007.


New Mexico will be without the services of a pair of MWC 400 champions this winter as seniors Jarrin Solomon and Ariel Burr will both redshirt the indoor season. Solomon and Burr will return to action during the outdoor season.

The Lobos also hope to get a huge boost during the outdoor season with the return of senior Jeremy Johnson, a two-time All-American. Johnson has petitioned the NCAA for a medical hardship waiver to replace his injury-plagued 2004 outdoor track season while he was at Arizona. Johnson sat out the '04 outdoor season due to a stress fracture in his leg before returning to UNM in 2005.

Junior distance runner Leslie Luna hopes to return in the spring after undergoing surgery on her foot in November. Junior thrower Sarah Swartwood had knee sugery in December. and will redshirt both the indoor and outdoor seasons.