March 15, 2008
Junior Sandy Fortner capped a tremendous season and becomes the first Lobo multi-event athlete and first UNM woman from the state of New Mexico to compete at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships with a 12th place finish in the pentathlon.
Fortner the 14th seed in the field of 17, ran a time of 8.75 in the 60-meter hurdles, for ninth place in the event. Clearing a height of 5'5 ¼ (1.66m), Fortner finished thirteenth in the high jump. A throw of 40'2 ¼ (12.25) in the shot put was good for sixth place, Fortner's best finish of the afternoon. With An 11th place leap in the long jump (18'6 ½ 5.65) the junior from Fort Sumner, N.M. finished the day clocking a time of 2.28.35 in the 800 meters to finish 12th overall.
Fortner punched her ticket to the NCAA Championships with an NCAA provisional qualifying and school record score of 4,005 en route to the Mountain West Conference pentathlon title on Feb. 28. She is the first UNM woman since 2003 (pole vaulter Bridgid Isworth) and just the second since 1984 to qualify for the NCAA Indoor meet. Fortner is the first Lobo, man or woman, to qualify for indoor nationals in a multi-event competition.