May 15, 2010
It was a historic meet for the University of New Mexico track and field team today as it concluded the Mountain West Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships being held at the Great Friends of New Mexico Track Stadium. Under sunny skies the men of New Mexico took 2nd overall with 153 points, the most ever in a conference championship meet. The finish marks the best since the Lobos took 2nd in 1988 when they were part of the Western Athletic Conference. As a result of the men's outstanding performance head coach Joe Franklin was voted men's outdoor track and field Coach of the Year. The coaches of the other MWC track and field teams vote on the honor.
The women of New Mexico came in 4th with 93.5 points, their best finish and most points since 1990 when they were part of the WAC.
Senior Chris Barnicle turned in an outstanding performance in the men's 5,000-meters to take the gold with a time of 14:18.20. The time set a new stadium record surpassing the old record of 14:33.64 set in 2003 by Kip Kangogo of BYU. Senior Rory Fraser captured the silver with a time of 14:40.35 and sophomore Ross Millington took 4th with a time of 14:52.29. The three combined for 21 points.
Lee Emanuel took gold for the second time in his career in the 1500-meters with a time of 3:44.99. Emanuel took first back in 2008 with a time of 3:47.63. With his time of 3:44.99 Emanuel set a new stadium record beating the old record of 3:46.40 set by Greg Keith in 1986. The senior's time also marks the 2nd best time in MWC Championship history.
David Bishop ran a time of 3:47.34 for 3rd place in the 1500m and teammate Ross Millington ran a time of 3:47.48 for 4th. The three Lobos combined for 21 points to move the Lobos into second place overall.
Emanuel went on to take 2nd in the 800-meters with a time of 1:49.46. Emanuel was behind most of the race running at a slower pace that the leaders, until about the last 200 meters where he turned on the speed passing four runners to take the silver.
Freshman Sam Evans ran a season-best in the 800m with a time of 1:50.08 for a 3rd place finish. Emanuel and Evans combined for 14 points.
Freshman De'Vron Walker took 2nd in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.39 good for a season-best in the event.
An hour and a half later Thomas ran a new personal-best in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.33 good for a 2nd place finish. Thomas didn't get off the block as fast as he would have liked and plans to work on that as he prepares for regionals in the upcoming days.
Senior Ashley Gibson took 3rd in the 1500m with a time of 4:31.81 to add six points to the women's overall score.
Junior Kyle Walker took 2nd place in the pole vault with a mark of 17-4.50 (5.30m). The mark surpasses his old PR of 16-7.25.
In the women's 5K freshman Janna Mitsos (17:32.87), junior Vanessa Ortiz (17:48.13) and sophomore Lacey Oeding (18:00.02) finished 3rd, 4th and 8th respectively to combine for 12 points. As a side note Oeding had the stomach flu the last four days leading up to the 10,000-meters Friday where she took 2nd.
Men - 15 all-MWC medals (4 gold, 6 silver, 5 bronze)
**most in MWC history, previous best was 11 last year
100m: Lamaar Thomas (silver)
800m: Lee Emanuel (silver), Sam Evans (bronze)
1,500m: Lee Emanuel (gold), David Bishop (bronze)
3,000m Steeplechase: Alex Willis (bronze)
5,000m: Chris Barnicle (gold), Rory Fraser (bronze)
10,000m: Jacob Kirwa (gold)
110m Hurdles: De'Vron Walker (silver)
4x100m: Thomas Trujillo, Derek Montoya, De'Vron Walker, Lamaar Thomas (silver)
Pole Vault: Kyle Walker (silver)
Triple Jump: Ty Kirk (silver)
Decathlon: Richard York (gold), Brian Wilson (bronze)
Women - 6 all-MWC medals (1 gold, 3 silver, 2 bronze)
1,500m: Ashley Gibson (bronze)
3,000m Steeplechase: Ruth Senior (silver)
5,000m: Janna Mitsos (bronze)
10,000m: Lacey Oeding (silver)
Triple Jump: Deanna Young (silver)
Heptathlon: Sandy Fortner (gold)
Those who qualify will head to Austin, Texas for the NCAA Regionals May 27-29.