Solomon and Emanuel Set School Records Saturday
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  02/07/2009
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Feb. 7, 2009

Complete Results

Emanuel's Historic Sub Four-Minute Mile
Emanuel's Post Race Interview
Gibson's Record Breaking Mile
Bishop's Heat Three Mile Victory At Notre Dame
Bishop's Post Race Interview
Ashton's 3,000m Race

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.-- It was a memorable last race at the Albuquerque Convention Center for senior Jarrin Solomon this afternoon. The Albuquerque native lowered his own indoor school record in the 400 meters with a wire-to-wire win with a time of, 46.69. Meanwhile in South Bend, Ind. senior Lee Emanuel became the first Lobo to run a sub-four minute mile, clocking an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 3:57.91.

Solomon, an Albuquerque native, ran the second fastest time in Mountain West Conference history. Solomon came in the race ranked fifth in the nation in the event and lowered his NCAA provisional qualifying time by .15 seconds.

Emanuel the Hastings, England product shattered his own indoor school record at the Meyo Invitational hosted by Notre Dame. Emanuel finished the race over six seconds under the NCAA automatic qualifying time in the event. Emanuel's time will secure his spot in the NCAA Championship meet in at Texas A&M. The time for Emanuel was the second fastest time in MWC history since Colorado State's Bryan Berryhill clocked a 3:56.84 to win the mile at the 2001 NCAA Championships.

The UNM women's mile was broken this morning only to be broken again a little over an hour later. Junior Transfer Nicky Archer ran an altitude-adjusted time of 4:55.59 and broke a 15 year-old indoor school record set in 1993 by Morinne Laughlin.

Archer's record would stand only a little over an hour when teammate junior transfer Ashley Gibson ran a 4:47.88 at the Meyo Invitaional. Gibson was well under the NCAA provisional qualifying time and has now ran the fastest mile in New Mexico indoor track history.

Also at Notre Dame, senior Mat Ashton clocked a collegiate best time of 8:13.08 to finish ninth in the 3,000, while junior transfer David Bishop won his heat of the mile with a time of 4:05.77.

The final indoor home meet of the year saw six NCAA provisional qualifiers and two more Convention Center records fall. In the men's long jump former four-time All-American Matthew Turner, who was competing unattached, jumped 26-04.25 (8.03m). The previous mark was 26-03.25 set in 2007 by Trevell Quinley of team USA.

In the women's triple jump San Diego State's Karoline Koeller jumped an NCAA provisional qualifying leap of 43-05.00 (13.23m) which was also a Convention Center record. The previous mark was set in 2007 by Cassandra Strickland from UC- Berkeley.

Senior Ariel Burr ran a personal best 24.13 in the 200m. This was the last home race for the senior from Carrizozo, N.M.