Season Ends at NCAA Championships for Three Lobos
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  06/06/2007
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

June 6, 2007

Men\'s\ 400m\ Prelims\ Results
Women\'s\ 400m\ Prelims\ Results
Women\'s\ 5\,000m\ Semifinals\ Results

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The University of New Mexico got off to a disappointing start to the 2007 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Wednesday night at the Alex Spanos Sports Complex. Juniors Jarrin Solomon and Ariel Burr saw their memorable season come to an end in the preliminary rounds of the 400 meters, while senior Timmie Murphy ended her collegiate career in the semifinals of the women's 5,000.

The first UNM sprinter to qualify for the NCAA Championships since 1991, Solomon missed advancing to the men's 400 semifinals by a mere one-hundredth of a second. He finished fourth in his heat and 17th overall - eight spots higher than his seed - with a time of 47.08. The top-16 athletes in the prelims moved on to Friday's semis.

Burr, meanwhile, was 25th in the women's 400 prelims with a time of 54.19. The Carrizozo High School product was the first woman in program history to reach the NCAA Championships in the 400.

"I know they're both really upset right now," said head coach Matt Henry. "For Jarrin to miss the semifinals by one spot is especially tough for him, but he finished 17th at the NCAA Championships and that's something we're really proud of. They just didn't run the race they needed to today, but they're still young and have a lot of races left in their careers."

Solomon ran over 47 seconds for just the second time since March 24. The Albuquerque La Cueva grad was one of several 400 runners from the vaunted Midwest Region to struggle on Wednesday. Regional champion Quentin Summers of Baylor (21st) was among the six Midwest runners knocked out during the prelims.

Burr ran her slowest time in six weeks after smashing her own school record with a time of 52.85 two weeks ago en route to a fifth place finish at the elite Midwest Regional Championships in Des Moines, Iowa.

The Lobos' rough start carried into Murphy's late night 5K run as the Farmington product finished 27th overall with a time 17:01.91 - her slowest of the season. Murphy, who was the first women's distance runner in ten years to advance to the national meet, clocked a personal record time of 16:25.21 two weeks earlier in a fourth place finish in Des Moines.

Sophomore Katie Coronado (javelin) and senior Jeremy Johnson (10,000m) will look to spark the Lobos tonight in retiring coaches Matt and Mark Henry's final meet after seven years leading their alma mater. Both Coronado and Johnson are New Mexico's highest ranked competitors, seeded 11th and 12th, respectively.