Jan. 24, 2009
-Solomon School Record In The 400
-Emanuel School Record In The 800
-Fraser Victory In The Mile
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - University of New Mexico seniors Lee Emanuel, Jarrin Solomon and junior Deanna Young led a sensational day of indoor track and field at the Albuquerque Convention Center. The Lobo trio recorded three of the 25 NCAA provisional qualifying marks today in the first major collegiate meet of the 2009 season in the Duke City - the Cherry & Silver Invitational. The meet also saw two NCAA automatic marks surpassed and two facility records fall.
After two remarkable seasons of action in downtown Albuquerque, the world-class facility at the Convention Center was put on the shelf in 2008. Host New Mexico, however, along with nationally ranked teams from BYU, Arizona, Stanford, Adams State, talented squads from California, Houston and UT-San Antonio, and a group of world class post-collegiate athletes served notice today that indoor track is back in Albuquerque.
Solomon jump-started the Lobos with a stunning performance in the men's 400 meters. After redshirting all of the 2008 season, the Albuquerque La Cueva product picked up where he left off in 2007, smashing his own school record in a wire-to-wire victory in the collegiate 400 field. Solomon outlasted Arizona All-American Bobby McCoy and Adams State All-American Josh Streeter for the win, crossing the line in an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 46.84. McCoy - who was fourth in the event at the 2008 NCAA Indoor Championships - was unable to counter Solomon's sizzling burst out of the starting blocks.
Solomon's last 400 at the Convention Center came at the 2007 Mountain West Conference Championships, where he finished second to break his father Michael's UNM record with a time of 47.00. Former USA Indoor 400 champion James Davis - who set a Convention Center record of 46.60 in the invitational race - was the only athlete to clock a faster time than the UNM senior today.
An hour and a half later, Emanuel secured his place as the fastest indoor middle distance man in New Mexico history. The Hastings, England product ran third for much of his 800-meter race before turning on the jets and surging past BYU's Kyle Perry - the 2008 MWC mile champion - and the Cougars' all-MWC honoree Jacob Gustafsson over the final 100 meters.
Emanuel crossed the line in an altitude adjusted and NCAA provisional qualifying time of 1:50.30 to break Roger Moore's 1983 school record by 0.30 seconds. Emanuel broke a 24-year-old UNM record in the mile in his debut season last year.
Young, meanwhile, put an exclamation point on the Lobos' effort today, dominating the women's triple jump field with a provisional qualifying leap of 42' 4 ½" (12.91m). The Albuquerque Highland product, who entered the day at 11th in the national preseason rankings, came within three inches of her own school record. She recorded the three longest marks of the day before sitting out the finals.
Elsewhere for New Mexico, junior transfer Rory Fraser picked up a win in his first mile race as a Lobo. Fraser clocked a solid altitude adjusted time of 4:05.70, less than three seconds shy of the NCAA provisional qualifying standard. Senior teammate Mat Ashton was seventh in a career best altitude adjusted time of 4:17.01.
Senior Ariel Burr made a triumphant return to indoor action after redshirting the 2008 season. Burr finished second in the 400 with a time of 55.02. It was her first indoor 400 race since winning the MWC title in the event at the Convention Center in 2007.
Fellow senior Domnick Meadows used a raucous crowd lining the triple jump runway to post a career-best mark of 49' 3 ½" (15.02m) en route to a fifth place finish. An all-MWC honoree indoors last winter, Meadows redshirted the 2008 outdoor season. He was part of an elite triple jump field that saw three men surpass the NCAA provisional qualifying standard in the final event of the day.