March 21, 2004
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Junior Jamie Fishencord shattered her own school record in hammer throw to lead a strong University of New Mexico effort over the weekend in the Lobos' first meet of the 2004 outdoor season, the Willie Williams Classic. Fishencord won the hammer with a throw of 174-10, which was nearly 20 feet beyond her previous best set last spring. Fellow junior Amanda Barnes also started the season strong, capturing the shot put crown with a mark of 48-02.75. Fishencord and Barnes were two of five New Mexico throwers to record qualifying marks for the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships over the two days of competition.
UNM freshman Kayla Brown had an outstanding collegiate debut, finishing second in the javelin with a toss of 142-05, just four inches ahead of teammate Veronica R. Gonzales, who was third. The marks for both women were career bests and secured their place in the Midwest Regional field at the end of the season. Barnes and Fishencord, meanwhile, also enjoyed career days in the discus, recording marks of 146-04 (6th) and 142-03 (8th), respectively.
Senior Jason Barkemeyer started his final campaign well, finishing fourth in the shot put with a regional qualifying mark of 54-05.50. Barkemeyer also placed fourth in the discus with a solid throw of 166-11. In other throwing events, redshirt junior Joshua Parra was fifth in the hammer (158-11), while sophomore decathlete Dan Feltman led a 2-3-5 finish by the javelin crew with a toss of 189-09.
New Mexico's pole vaulters also excelled over the weekend, placing three in the men's top-5. Junior Derek Mackel each cleared career bests, tying for third with a height of 16-02.75. Senior Mark Johnson, meanwhile, was fifth with a mark of 15-09.00. Junior Willie Yuen got his outdoor season off to a good start as well, finishing fifth in the triple jump with a career best leap of 46-00.75.
Sophomore Kimilia Davis paced the Lobos on the track, clocking a time of 56.85 in the 400 meters to earn her first career outdoor victory. Davis, who was also ninth in the 200, finished just over two seconds ahead of teammate Brandilyn Williams (58.59), who was fourth overall.
Junior Jacquelyne Gallegos finished just off her career-best in the 1,5000 in what was just her second outdoor race in the last two years. After missing virtually all of 2003 due to injuries suffered in a car accident, Gallegos was the top collegiate finisher, crossing the line with a time of 4:36.68. Senior Sarah Gonzales and freshman Riann Lucy turned in solid performances as well, finishing fourth in the 5,000 (18:10.73) and 800 (2:18.32), respectively.
On the men's side, junior Cameron Clarke led a 2-3-4 finish by the Lobos in the 1,500 meters, clocking a time of 3:55.37, just ahead of teammates Sean Flaherty and Nick Martinez. Senior Matt Bishop looked sharp in the 800, placing third with a time of 1:53.30. Senior Chris Garofola, meanwhile, turned in a career-best in the 400-meter hurdles, finishing second in the event with a time of 53.76.
The Lobos return to action next Saturday, March 27 when they travel to El Paso, Texas for the UTEP Springtime Invitational at historic Kidd Field.