April 15, 2007
EL PASO, Texas - Less than years into her collegiate career sophomore Katie Coronado now stands alone as the greatest women's javelin thrower in University of New Mexico history. Coronado unleashed a throw of 169' 10" (51.77m) on her final attempt on Saturday at the UTEP Invitational to break former UNM All-American Sarah Nicholsen's 1996 mark by over four feet.
Coronado surpassed her previous personal record in the event by nearly nine feet en route to a second place finish. The Ruidoso, N.M. product finished behind UTEP All-American Erma Gene Evans for the second straight week. Evans won the event with a throw of 177' 4" (54.05m), after winning section A at the Texas Relay seven days earlier.
The Lobos also received strong performances in the field from junior Tiyana Peters and sophomore Anthony Fairbanks. Peters finished fourth in a loaded women's high jump field, clearing 5' 8 ¾" (1.75m) for the fourth week in a row. Fairbanks, meanwhile, was the runner-up in the men's javelin with a throw of 202' 2" (61.63).
Senior Dan Feltman made a triumphant return from the groin injury he suffered at the Mountain West Conference Indoor Championships in February, finishing third in the javelin with a mark of 198' 1" (60.37m). Feltman finished just six inches shy of his personal record in his outdoor season debut.
Elsewhere in the field, sophomore Vanessa Strobbe was fourth in the javelin (133' 7" - 40.73m) and sophomore Hagit Salamon and freshman Deanna Young finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in the triple jump. Salamon turned in a top mark of 39' 8" (12.09m), while Young's best jump was 38' 11 ¾" (11.88).
On the oval, freshmen Jeremy Newland and Kelly McCabe helped New Mexico sweep the 2,000-meter steeplechase. Newland crossed the line in 6:19.95, while McCabe broke teammate Stasia Ploskonka's 2006 stadium record with a time of 7:47.47.
Junior Karl Kalm finished second in the 800 with a time of 1:56.26, while senior Mark Lamb was fifth in the 110 hurdles with a strong time of 14.78. Freshman Kim Perkins, meanwhile, was fourth in the 400 hurdles with a time of 1:03.45.