April 13, 2006
Anthony Fairbanks is a freshman at the University of New Mexico, but he has already established himself as one of the top javelin throwers in the Mountain West Conference. So far Anthony has finished in the top three spots in all three meets that he has participated in, and has thrown over 205 feet twice. He recently threw a season best 210-09 in Austin at the Texas Relays earning him a NCAA Regional qualifying mark for the second time. A graduate of Albuquerque Highland High School class of 2004, Anthony participated in track & field, football and basketball. He was a three-time class 5A javelin champion and set the state meet record as a senior. Anthony was also a second team all-state selection as a linebacker and honorable mention all-state pick in basketball.
Q: You were at Austin for the Texas Relays and you threw your best so far (210-09) for UNM, did you know you were going to throw that far?
A: Well, I felt good and it was close to my PR is 212-00. So I'm about two feet away from that record and that's pretty good for this time in the season.
Q: Do you think you'll get to your PR soon?
A: Yes, I'm hoping to.
Q: You finished ahead of your senior teammate, Matt Keeran, at the Texas Relays, how do you feel about that?
A: I feel good about it, but he was having some injury problems, so he didn't perform at his best.
Q: You and Matt Keeran are the only full-time javelin throwers on the men's side, how do you enjoy working with him?
A: He's a good thrower, so it gives me, as a young thrower, a chance to step up and compete with him. When he throws a good throw it makes me want to throw a good one as well.
Q: How do you see yourself as a senior competing in javelin?
A: As a Mountain West Conference champ and hopefully contending to be a NCAA champ. I want to keep working up to hopefully get to that point.
Q: Will you be traveling to the meet coming up at UTEP?
A: Yes, but I'm not throwing the javelin. I want to rest my arm, so I'm going to throw the hammer and the discuss.
Q: We haven't really seen you do those events before, is that something that you will be doing often?
A: Yeah, when I'm not throwing the javelin.
Q: In high school, you were also on the football team and earned second team all-state selection as a linebacker, did you ever think of trying-out for the UNM team?
A: I thought about walking on for the team, but Coach (Matt) Henry is a good guy and I've made a decision to dedicate myself to throwing the javelin for the team.
Q: Did you consider going somewhere else besides UNM for track & field?
A: I talked to some coaches from other schools like Georgia Tech, Duke, Brown, and Cal State Northridge as well as other schools but I chose UNM because it is close to my family and friends.
Q: Have you enjoyed your time with the team so far?
A: Yes I have. There are some good people on the team and I've had fun so far.
Q: What are you plans for the future when you are done here at UNM?
A. Maybe a professional with track & field if I can. If not, I want to become a firefighter. I'm working on my business degree in Management right now so I can be at a higher position when I become a firefighter.