Jan. 22, 2009
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Some of the premier collegiate and post-collegiate track and field athletes in the country will converge at the Albuquerque Convention Center on Saturday for the University of New Mexico's Cherry & Silver Invitational. The meet will be the first major indoor track and field event of the season at the Convention Center, which marked the end of a year-long hiatus with a tune-up meet last weekend.
The Cherry & Silver Invitational is scheduled to run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets are available for $5 at the door. UNM students get in free with a valid student ID.
The collegiate competition will feature some of the best in the West, with the 10th-ranked BYU men, No. 15 Arizona women, No. 17 Stanford women, No. 19 Arizona men and No. 25 Stanford men leading the 11-team field. Division II power Adams State will also be in attendance, along with full squads from Cal, Colorado School of Mines (D-II), Houston, New Mexico State (women only), Portland State, UT-San Antonio, and host New Mexico.
Forty-two nationally ranked collegiate athletes have been entered, including New Mexico's Jarrin Solomon (400m, 4x400 relay), Lee Emanuel (800m), Ariel Burr (400m/200m), Alesha Walker (long jump), Deanna Young (triple jump), and Sandy Fortner (long jump, 60m hurdles, shot put). Several Division II All-Americans from Adams State and Colorado School of Mines will also be among the field.
A group of elite post-collegiate athletes will be in action as well on Saturday, including two-time USA Indoor 400-meter champion James Davis. Davis, who is also slated to run the 200, was a member of the USA's gold medal 4x400 relay team at the 2008 IAAF World Indoor Championships. The former Colorado standout captured 400 gold at the 2000 and 2001 USA Indoor Championships.
2008 Southeastern Conference and NCAA Mideast Region 400-meter champion Jamil Hubbard, formerly of Mississippi State, will also run the 400 where he owns top times of 45.24 outdoors and 47.01 indoors. Former Boise State All-American Corey Nelson owns an indoor best of 46.33 in the 400 and will also be competing in the 200 as well.
Former Tennessee great Rubin Williams - a 17-time All-American - will also be in action in both the 60 and 200. Williams, who has been timed at 6.59 in the 60, won the 2008 NCAA Indoor 200m title with a lifetime best of 20.36 - the second-fastest indoor 200 time in the world last year.
Former Georgia Tech standout Shantia Moss - the 2007 NCAA 60m hurdles champion - will run her signature event, where she has clocked a career-best time of 7.98.
Former Colorado State All-American Drew Morano - who edged Lobo Jarrin Solomon to win the 2007 Mountain West Conference Indoor 400m crown in his last race at the Convention Center - will add to the strength of the 400 field.
Former Dartmouth decathlon All-American and current Adams State volunteer coach Mustafa Abdur-Rahim will run the 60 hurdles, while former Stanford All-American Graeme Hoste - who cleared 18' 4 1/2" last winter - leads a strong pole vault competition.
National track and field website Flotrack.com will be in town all week, covering the New Mexico program and facility at the Albuquerque Convention Center. It's the first time Flotrack has ever travelled to New Mexico to cover a collegiate meet.
Live results will be available at www.recordtiming.com.
Nationally Ranked D-I Collegiate Athletes Scheduled To Compete
Men's 60mTeddy Williams (UT-San Antonio)...#11 Preseason
Andrew Dargie (Stanford)...#15 Preseason (400m)
Men's 200mTeddy Williams (UT-San Antonio)...#11 Preseason (60m)
Andrew Dargie (Stanford)...#15 Preseason (400m)
Men's 400mJarrin Solomon (New Mexico)...#18 Preseason
Josh Streeter (Adams State)...D-II Indoor All-American (3rd in `08)
Men's 800mKeith Jensen (BYU)...#10 Preseason
Kyle Perry (BYU)...#3 Preseason (mile)/#2 Preseason (3,000m)
Lee Emanuel (New Mexico)...#22 Preseason (mile)
Corey De La Cruz (Adams State)...D-II outdoor All-American (3rd in '08)
Mark Husted (CSM)...D-II outdoor All-American (5th in '08)
Nicholas Maynerd (CSM)...D-II outdoor All-American (7th in '08)
Men's 3,000mOther Notables:
Aaron Braun (Adam State)...2008 D-II 1,500 champion
Men's 60m HurdlesMyles Bradley (Stanford)...#3 Preseason/Currently 5th on 2009 descending order list
William Vese (UT-San Antonio)...#11 Preseason
Men's High JumpPJ McGowen (UT-San Antonio)...#12 Preseason
Men's Pole VaultWhitney Neves (BYU)...#7 Preseason
Bob Low (BYU)...#8 Preseason/Currently 2nd on 2009 descending order list
Chris Little (BYU)...#11 Preseason
Casey Roche (Stanford)...Currently 6th on 2009 descending order list
Nick Mossberg (Arizona)...Currently 8th on 2009 descending order list
Men's Long JumpLuis Rivera-Morales (Arizona)...#7 Preseason
Edward Turner (Houston)...#22 Preseason
Jordan Powell (Arizona)...#28 Preseason
Men's Triple JumpLuis Rivera-Morales (Arizona)...#9 Preseason
Christopher Carter (Houston)...#26 Preseason
Men's Shot PutZach Lloyd (Arizona)...#2 Preseason/Currently 1st on 2009 descending order list
Men's Weight ThrowLeif Arrhenius (BYU)...Currently 5th on 2009 descending order list
Chris Durocher (Northern Arizona)... Currently 6th on 2009 descending order list
Matt Gersick (Adams State)...2008 D-II runner-up
Women's 60mCherrelle Garrett (California)...#11 Preseason
Women's 200mAriel Burr (New Mexico)...#10 Preseason (400m)
Women's 400mAriel Burr (New Mexico)...#10 Preseason
Seun Adigun (Houston)...#8 Preseason (60m Hurdles)
Women's 60m HurdlesSeun Adigun (Houston)...#8 Preseason/Currently 5th on 2009 descending order list
Amy Menlove (BYU)...Currently 11th on 2009 descending order list
Women's High JumpElizabeth Patterson (Arizona)...#1 Preseason/Currently 3rd on 2009 descending order list
Inika McPherson (California)...#17 Preseason
Women's Long JumpShevell Quinley (Arizona)...#23 Preseason
Brittini Dixon-Smith (Stanford)...#32 Preseason
Alesha Walker (New Mexico)...#33 Preseason
Amy Menlove (BYU)...Currently 4th on 2009 descending order list
Women's Pole VaultAllison Stokke (California)...#23 Preseason
Katie Morgan (California)...#23 Preseason
Gabriella Duclos (Arizona)...#30 Preseason/Currently 2nd on 2009 descending order list
Women's Triple JumpDeanna Young (New Mexico)...#11 Preseason
Women's Shot PutMegan Howard (Arizona)...#30 Preseason/Currently 11th on 2009 descending order list
Nicole Lloyd (Arizona)...Currently 15th on 2009 descending order list