April 27, 2008
BERKELEY, Calif. - Junior Katie Coronado improved to a perfect 6-0 in the javelin senior Robert Caldwell picked up his first pole vault victory of the season and junior Lee Emanuel won the 800 meters to lead the University of New Mexico over the weekend at California's Brutus Hamilton Invitational. The Lobos return home May 2-3 for their lone home meet of the 2008 season - the 18th Don Kirby Memorial Invitational at the G.F.O. UNM Track Stadium.
Coronado defeated the nearest competitor -2006 Western Athletic Conference champion Inger Appanaitis of Nevada - by over 12 feet with a mark of 164' 4" (50.09m) on her second attempt. It was the fifth straight meet Coronado has surpassed the 160-foot mark.
After finishing second behind UNM volunteer coach Derek Mackel last week at TCU, Caldwell got the best of his former teammate on Friday, winning the top section of the pole vault with a mark of 17' 2 3/4" (5.25m). Caldwell cleared the height on his first attempt, while Mackel cleared on his third attempt.
Emanuel also earned his first victory of the year, improving his career-best and NCAA regional qualifying time to 1:50.16 in his second 800 race of the spring. Emanuel, who currently owns the fastest time in Mountain West Conference in the 1,500, defeated Cal's Sean Carey by 0.61 seconds.
Several young Lobos enjoyed strong performances on the oval.
Sophomore Polina Ermoshina placed fifth in the 1,500 with a time of 4:39.02 in her third collegiate track race. A three-time All-America Nordic skier for the Lobos during the winter, Ermoshina joined the track team a few weeks ago.
Fellow sophomore Lynn Brasher turned in career-bests in both the 800 (2:18.70 - third, section B) and 1,500 (4:50.46 - 12th), while another sophomore, Vanessa Ortiz, was sixth in the 5,000 with a career-best time of 17:49.73.
Other New Mexico highlights included:
Senior Ariel Burr placing third the 400 (55.73) and fourth in the 200 (24.17).
Junior Briana Paxton taking third in the shot put with a mark of 44' 1/2" (13.42m).
Sophomore Aditi Majumdar clearing a career-best 11' 1 3/4" (3.40m) to finish tied for fourth in the section B pole vault.