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  Mark Henry

Mark Henry

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Position:
Associate Head Coach - Sprints/Relays

Experience:
Seventh Year

Alma Mater:
University of New Mexico, 1974

When Matt Henry was announced as UNM head track and field and cross country coach it was only natural that Mark Henry be named associate head coach as well. In addition to being twin brothers, the Henry's formed one of the best coaching duos in New Mexico high school track and field, leading Albuquerque's La Cueva High School to four straight state track titles from 1997-2000.

Now in his seventh season as associate head coach and primary sprints and relays coach, Henry has been an integral part of New Mexico's steady return to championship caliber performance. A proud Albuquerque native and UNM alum, Henry has teamed with his brother Matt in a commitment to make his alma mater's program the very best it can be.

In his six years at New Mexico, Henry has developed some of the top sprinters in the Mountain West Conference. Since 2001, Lobo sprinters have captured a pair of conference titles and earned all-MWC honors 23 times (women - 8, men - 15).

The men's 4x400-meter relay team has become one of the premier units in the league, earning all-conference honors five of the last six years (7 times total indoor/outdoor). The Lobos have had at least one outdoor MWC finalist in the men's 100m and 400m each year under Henry, and five 200m finalists in the past six seasons. Four individuals (6 times) and two relay teams have also advanced to the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships since 2003.

Under Henry's tutelage, sophomore Ariel Burr set both the indoor and outdoor school 400m records last year and also helped the women's 4x400m relay team break a 22-year-old indoor record in the event. The MWC indoor and outdoor runner-up in the event, Burr also clocked NCAA provisional qualifying (indoor) and regional qualifying (outdoor) times in 2006.

Also in `06, sophomore Jarrin Solomon, a regional qualifier, clocked the fastest 400m time by a Lobo in 15 years in his second straight all-MWC performance outdoors and also helped the men's 4x400 team earn all-conference medals indoors and outdoors. Sophomore Kristan Matison, meanwhile, claimed High Point honors for the Lobos by finishing fourth in the 100 and fifth in the 200 at the MWC Outdoor Championships, and senior Aaron Brack set a school record en route to a fourth place finish in the MWC finals of the 60m.

In 2005 the men's sprinters piled up 17 points in the 100 and 200 at the MWC Outdoor Championships with three Lobos scoring in each event. Solomon (400m), Burr (400m) and Matison (100m) all earned all-MWC honors, along with the men's 4x400 and women's 4x100 teams. Burr and Solomon were also the first Lobos to qualify for the NCAA Midwest Regional meet in the 400.

In 2003, New Mexico fielded its best men's mile and 400-meter relay teams in over a decade as both qualified for the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships. The 4x100 unit went on to finish an impressive ninth at the `03 regional meet, just missing the finals.

In his first year at New Mexico, Henry helped Arline Smith become the first UNM woman ever to sweep the 200 and 400 at the conference meet.

Before returning to UNM, Henry had spent the previous six years (1994-99) as the head football coach at La Cueva, leading the Bears to the state playoffs five times. He also served as assistant track coach under Matt Henry, coaching sprints and hurdles. Prior to La Cueva, Mark Henry was the head football coach and assistant track coach at Albuquerque Highland High School from 1989-93. During his time at Highland and La Cueva, Henry won a state championship and compiled an impressive 78-41 record. He also was a part of seven state track and field championship teams as an assistant head coach at Cibola High School and Hobbs High School. In addition, Henry was a former president and member of the New Mexico High School Coaches Association.

Another product of UNM's proud track and field tradition, Henry was a four-year member of the New Mexico track team from 1970-73. Henry, 54, went on to earn his bachelor's degree in Physical Education from UNM in 1974 and his master's degree in 1978.

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