April 15, 2006
EL PASO, Texas - The University of New Mexico track and field team continued its best weekend of the outdoor season with another stellar meet performance on Saturday at the UTEP Invitational. Senior Mike Powdrell led the UNM men by winning the long jump with a wind-aided mark of 24' 5 1/2", the best by a Lobo under sixth-year head coach Matt Henry and tops in the Mountain West Conference this season. Sophomore Kristan Matison, meanwhile, paced the women with a Henry-era record of 11.80 (altitude adjusted) in the 100-meter dash.
After fouling on his first two attempts, Powdrell uncorked the best jump of his career to win the event by more than 10 inches over the runner-up, Alabama's Charlie Coleman (23' 7 1/4"). The former Lobo cornerback broke the Henry-era record of another ex-football player, linebacker Shannon Kincaid, who jumped 24' 2 1/2" in 2002.
Unfortunately, though he surpassed the NCAA regional standard by six inches, Powdrell's mark will not count towards qualifying due to the wind speed of 3.9 meters per second. All vertical jumps must be recorded with a wind speed of 2.0 meters/second to be considered for NCAA qualifying purposes.
The former Albuquerque Highland High School product came back to finish second in the high jump behind UTEP All-American Mickael Hanany with a season-best leap of 6' 8 3/4".
Matison, meanwhile, shaved 0.06 seconds off her collegiate best and was 0.05 seconds off the NCAA regional qualifying standard en route to a fourth place finish in a strong women's 100m field. Her altitude-adjusted time was one hundredth of a second faster than the previous best under Henry, which was also recorded in El Paso by Dayna McMillen in 2001.
New Mexico also received winning performances by sophomore Stasia Ploskonka (2,000m steeplechase) and senior Frank Hemingway (1,500m), while sophomore Whitney Johnson tied her career best with a third place mark of 12' 11 1/2" in the pole vault. Johnson also cleared the same height, one quarter of inch below the school record, in Austin last year.
Other Lobo highlights from Saturday included:
-Senior Aaron Brack clocking a career-best (altitude adjusted) time of 10.60 en route to a ninth place finish in the men's 100. UTEP's Churandy Martina won the event with an (altitude adjusted) time of 10.08, the fastest in the nation this year.
-Freshman Taylor Siemon and junior Randle McCain finishing fourth and fifth, respectively, in the men's 400. Both men clocked their fastest times of the season as Siemon finished in 49.20 (altitude-adjusted) with McCain 0.05 seconds behind.
-Sophomore Domnick Meadows recording a career-best mark of 23' 4" (wind-aided) to finish fourth in the long jump.
-Freshman Katie Coronado finishing second in the javelin with a throw of 144' 11" to surpass the NCAA regional qualifying mark for the second time this season.
-Junior Mark Lamb clocking a career-best time of 14.81 (altitude-adjusted) in the 110-meter hurdles (8th place) and coming back to finish fourth in the 400-meter hurdles with a season-best (altitude-adjusted) time of 56.39.