Jan. 22, 2004
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The women's distance medley relay team of Jacquelyne Gallegos, Riann Lucy, Nicole Hansen-Solum and Amanda Swann picked up the first win of the 2004 season for the New Mexico track team, cruising to a 20-second victory on Friday evening at the Cadet Field House. Six Lobo men and women also qualified for final event competition tomorrow at the Air Force Invitational.
The Lobos foursome shattered last year's best time in the distance medley by nearly 30 seconds, finishing with an unconverted time of 12:38.93. Lucy also enjoyed a strong effort in her first collegiate 800, clocking the second-fastest preliminary time of the day to advance to the finals. The true freshman from Albuquerque Cibola High School clocked a time of 2:20.93, while fellow freshman Brandie Mills also joined the finals field with a time of 2:30.11. Sophomore Kimilia Davis, meanwhile, ran a collegiate best 25.65 in the 200-meter prelims to secure her place in Saturday's finals as well.
In other UNM action, junior Amber Nolte finished tied for first in the non-seeded pole vault, clearing a height of 11-03.75, well over her top mark of 2003. Freshman Nicole Huyge was tied for the third in the event with a mark of 10-04.00.
Back on the track, sophomore Timmie Murphy (5:26.50) and senior Sarah Gonzales (5:40.29) placed second and fourth, respectively, in the non-seeded mile. Sophomore Janice Tosa, meanwhile, was fourth in the non-seeded 3,000 with an unconverted time of 11:26.74.
The UNM men's distance medley team of Cameron Clarke, Sean Flaherty, Ben Ortega and Matt Parnick turned in a solid performance as well, finishing second with a raw time of 10:27.31. In other distance competition, junior Nick Martinez placed fourth in the non-seeded mile with a time of 4:29.08.
Senior Chris Garofola and Matt Bishop each qualified for the finals of the 200 and 800 meters, respectively. Garofola clocked a time of 22.16, while Bishop was timed in 1:56.88, just over a second ahead of fellow finalist Mike Smiel (1:57.93).
In the heptathlon, meanwhile, sophomore Dan Feltman and senior Mark Johnson finished day one in seventh and 10th place, respectively, entering the final day of competition. A pair of Lobo sophomores also turned in a solid effort in the non-seeded pole vault as Zach Bingham (15-07.00) and Derrek Mackel (15-01.00) finished second and tied for third, respectively.
The final day of competition at the 14th annual Air Force Invitational gets underway tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. Complete results from day one can be found at the following website: