April 24, 2005
SAN DIEGO - Amanda Barnes was handed a rare defeat in the shot put, but still had a big reason to smile after shattering the Mountain West Conference record in the event with a mark of 52-09.50 on Saturday at the UC San Diego Triton Invitational. After tying Liz Toman's 2001 record in the season-opener, Barnes bettered the mark by 8.25 inches, but was unable to surpass the UCLA duo of Jessica Cosby (55-11.75) and Kamaiya Warren (54-05.50), who finished first and second, respectively.
Fellow senior and Carlsbad, N.M. native Veronica R. Gonzales enjoyed a fine performance as well, winning the javelin with a season-best throw of 150-07. Gonzales won for the second straight week and surpassed the 150-foot mark for the second time in her career.
Jamie Fishencord, the third member of the Lobos' trio of senior throwers, turned in a strong performance of her own on Friday evening. Fishencord placed eighth in the 31-woman hammer throw field with a mark of 180-11, the second best effort of her career.
In other women's action, senior transfer Katie Coles cleared a personal record 12-02.00 to finish tied for fourth in the pole vault, while rookie Tiyana Peters tied for third in the high jump with a mark of 5-05.25.
On the track, the women's 4x100-meter relay team of Kimilia Davis, Ariel Burr, Tabatha Shaw and Kristan Matison matched the fastest time of head coach Matt Henry's five-year tenure, crossing the line in 47.07. The Lobo foursome defeated conference rival San Diego State by 0.3 seconds en route to the team's second straight victory.
Davis turned in her best all-around performance of the season, recording a pair of solid times in the 200 and 400, in addition to her relay work. The Bellaire, Texas native ran the fastest 400 on the team this year, clocking a 55.58 in a third place finish. She also recorded a season-best 25.24 to place 13th in the 200. Her freshman teammate Burr, meanwhile, clocked a season-best 55.63 to place fourth in the 400.
Senior Jacquelyne Gallegos led the way in the distance events, winning the 3,000-meter run with a time of 9:58.85. Gallegos finished over eight seconds ahead of the runner-up and defeated 22 other runners in the field. Freshman Lindsay Barr, meanwhile, finished fourth in the 5,000 with a season-best time of 18:06.43.
On the men's side, freshman Jarrin Solomon ran the Lobos' fastest 400-meter race in four years, finishing third with a time of 47.60. Fellow freshman Shadrack Kiptoo-Biwott was the top collegiate finisher (third overall) in the 1,500, clocking a time of 3:52.21, while senior Nick Martinez placed fourth (14:42.22) in the 5,000. The men's 4x100 relay team of Jeramie White, Brenton Laws, Solomon and Ahmed Raji, meanwhile, had its best performance of the year, placing third with a season-best time of 41.21.
In the javelin, junior Dan Feltman was the top collegiate finisher (second overall) with a career-best throw of 198-07. Junior Matt Keeran placed third overall with a mark of 181-06. Freshman Derek McDonald, meanwhile, was third in the long jump with a mark of 22-09.75.
New Mexico's men and women return to Albuquerque and will host the lone home meet of the outdoor season, the Modrall Sperling Don Kirby Memorial Invitational, on Saturday, April 30. The meet will be a sneak peak at the upcoming Mountain West Conference Championships with Air Force, Colorado State and Wyoming headlining the field. The New Mexico State women and Division II force Western State College will also be among the field. The meet opens with the field events at 9:30 a.m., followed by track events at 10:30 a.m.