Feb. 13, 2010
SEATTLE -- University of New Mexico senior Rory Fraser clocked a career-best and strong NCAA provisional qualifying time of 13:48.24 (sixth) in the 5,000 meters at Washington's Husky Classic to lead the Lobos in their first weekend on the road this year. New Mexico also sent a group of sprinters and jumpers to the Air Force Invitational where sophomore transfer Lamaar Thomas and freshman transfer De'Vron Walker tied school records in the 60 meters and 60m hurdles, respectively.
Fraser all but secured his second straight trip to the NCAA Indoor Championships with his performance on Friday night and was just over two seconds off former All-American Matt Gonzales' 2005 school record in the 5K. The Leicester, England product also has a good chance of qualifying for the NCAA meet in the 3,000, where ranked fourth in the nation entering the weekend.
Fraser was one of five Lobos to record NCAA provisional qualifying times over the weekend in Seattle.
Fraser Postrace Comments (Flotrack.org):
Junior Ruth Senior moved into third on New Mexico's all-time performers list with a time of 16:39.02 (22nd) in the 5K. Senior teammate Nicky Archer was also under the provisional standard with a time of 16:42.29 (23rd).
Fellow senior Ashley Gibson later broke her own school record with a time of 4:43.78 to finish 10th in the women's invitational mile. Senior David Bishop, led the UNM men's milers with a time of 4:00.74 (17th) in the invitational section.
Brock Hagerman (below) was 31st in the 5,000 with an indoor PR of 14:15.24 (Flotrack.org):
At the Air Force Academy, meanwhile, Walker matched Chris Garofola's 2004 hurdles record with a preliminary time of 8.09 and went on to pick up his second victory of the season with a time of 8.11. Thomas later bested freshman teammate Kendall Spencer's record by one-hundredth of a second with a time of 6.84, which was good for third in the 60m finals.
Spencer was just off the pace, finishing fourth in the 60 finals with a time of 6.88.
New Mexico also received a strong performance in the field by redshirt freshman Ty Kirk, who finished second in the triple jump with a leap of 50-02.00 (15.29m). Kirk, who is competing indoors for the first time after leading the UNM football team in receiving last fall, uncorked the biggest jump by a Lobo since 1988 and moved up to sixth on the school's all-time performers list.
Freshman Shirley Pitts led the women's squad with a time of 57.16 (fifth) in the 400 meters, moving her into a share of fifth place on the UNM all-time performers list in the event.