March 2, 2007
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - The University of New Mexico's 2007 indoor track and field season came to end on Friday evening at the Arkansas Last Chance meet as the four Lobo athletes in the field were unable to record an NCAA qualifying time at the Randal Tyson Indoor Track Center. New Mexico returns to competition in two weeks when the team opens the outdoor season at Arizona State on March 17.
Johnson was the lone Lobo to record a personal record on Friday, clocking a time of 8:08.61 in a second place finish in the men's 3,000m. However, he was still 3.61 seconds off the NCAA provisional qualifying standard and over 11 seconds away from the projected time needed to advance to the national championship meet.
Johnson finished 2.37 seconds behind Arkansas' Tyler Hill (8:06.24). Ortega was eighth with a time of 8:25.75.
Burr and Solomon both ran well off their sizzling pace of a week ago at the Mountain West Conference Championships. Burr finished fifth in the women's 400m (55.15) six days after winning the MWC title in Albuquerque with a school record time of 53.72. Chantae Bayne of Texas won the event, but her time of 53.95 was also shy of the projected NCAA qualifying standard.
Solomon clocked a time of 47.62 in an eighth place finish - 0.62 seconds off his school record-setting time a week ago in Albuquerque. Texas A&M's Justin Oliver won the men's 400m with a time of 46.73, likely placing him on the bubble for an NCAA berth.