Fortner Surpasses NCAA Qualifying Mark in the Pentathlon
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  01/26/2007
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Jan. 26, 2007

Women's Pentathlon Results
Men\'s\ Heptathlon\ Results

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - New Mexico sophomore Sandy Fortner put together the best performance of her young career in the pentathlon, finishing sixth today at the Roger Cox Multis at the Albuquerque Convention Center with a career-high score of 3,706. Fortner turned in personal records in her first three events to surpass the NCAA provisional qualifying standard by six points. Colorado State's Katie Lloyd, the defending Mountain West Conference champion, won the five-event competition with a score of 3,929.

Lloyd won the shot put (39-07.75) and long jump (19-02.75) to propel her to the upset victory over defending NCAA champion and top-ranked Jacquelyn Johnson of Arizona State (3,855). Arizona's Shevell Quinley (3,781) and seventh-ranked Danielle Ayers-Stamper of Cal Poly (3,736) finished fourth and fifth, respectively, as five collegians went over the provisional qualifying mark.

Fortner destroyed her previous best in the pentathlon by over 300 points and became the first UNM woman to eclipse the NCAA provisional qualifying standard since current coach Keren Bentzur in 2003 (3,845 points). Fortner will have a chance to improve her national ranking and chances of securing a berth in the NCAA Indoor Championship field next month when New Mexico hosts the MWC Championships.

A product of tiny Fort Sumner, N.M. (town population 1,008), Fortner opened with a personal record time of 9.08* in the 60-meter hurdles - 0.11 seconds faster than her top time a year ago. After clearing an indoor best of 5' 4 ½" in the high jump, she gave herself a big boost with a third place finish in the shot put. Fortner's mark of 38' 6" was over two feet better than her previous best.

A leap of 18' 1 ½ inches gave her fifth the long jump and she wrapped up her career day with a time of 2:30.30* en route to a sixth place finish in the 800-meters. Fortner's performance may have come at a price, however, as she hobbled off the track with an apparent right hamstring injury following the 800.

Elswhere for the Lobos, freshman Tiffeny Parker finished 13th (2,776) in her first career multi-event competition, while redshirt freshman Kelly Fortner, Sandy's twin sister, was 15th (1,159) in her pentathlon debut. Kelly Fortner was victimized by a no height in the high jump, three fouls in the long jump and finally a leg injury that forced her out of the 800.