Indoor Track Season Heats Up At The Convention Center
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  01/22/2010
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Jan. 22, 2010

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After a strong, but relatively low-key opener last week the University of New Mexico's ambitious 2010 indoor track and field season hits full stride on Saturday at the Albuquerque Convention Center. New Mexico will welcome nine collegiate teams to the Duke City along with another fine group of elite postcollegiate competitors. The men's field is particularly strong with the 23rd-ranked Lobos, No. 16 Stanford, and No. 20 California leading the way. Mountain West Conference rival BYU brings an outstanding men's side as well, in addition to their fifth-ranked women's squad.

The field events begin at 9 a.m., followed by the first race on the track at 9:30 a.m. Admission is $5 at the door for adults, $3 for kids ages 4 to 18, and free for UNM students (with a valid Lobo ID) and children age 3 and under.

In just three years of action, the indoor track and field facility at the Albuquerque Convention Center has earned a well-deserved reputation as one of the premier venues in the America. Saturday's event will be the second of six UNM home meets, including the Mountain West Conference Championships, and 13 total events held this winter at the Duke City's world class indoor facility. The Albuquerque Convention Center will also be the home of the 2010 USA Indoor Track & Field Championships (Feb. 27-28), the NCAA Division II Championships (March 12-13), and five Saturday night high school meets (Jan. 16-Feb. 21).


COLLEGE TEAMS (10 women, 7 men): Adams State (Division II), Arizona, BYU, Cal State Stanislaus (Division II - women only), California, Houston, New Mexico, New Mexico State (women only), San Francisco State (Division II - women only), Stanford.

RANKED DIVISION I MEN'S TEAMS REPRESENTED (3): No. 16 Stanford, No. 20 California, No. 23 New Mexico.


MARQUEE EVENTS: While there will be outstanding athletes in virtually every event on Saturday, local track and field fans may want to pay close attention to the following competitions:

Men's 800 Meters - 12:20 p.m.
New Mexico senior Lee Emanuel, the defending NCAA mile champion and Lobos' first sub four-minute miler, will take on a solid field in his first indoor race since winning NCAA gold. Some of the top competitors in the 800 include: former Mississippi State All-American Golden Coachman (has run under 1:47 outdoors), Arizona sophomore Abdi Hassan (2009 NCAA 1,500 qualifier), BYU junior Justin Hedin (2009 MWC outdoor runner-up in the 800), California sophomore Sebastian Sam (member of Cal's bronze medal DMR team at the 2009 NCAA Indoor Championships), and Lobo senior Jacob Kirwa (UNM's cross country All-American and the 2009 MWC outdoor 5,000-meter champion).

Men's UNM Invitational 60 Meters - 12:05 p.m.
This all-Lobo football final will be add fuel to the fire in the ongoing battle for team bragging rights over who is the fastest player on the 2010 roster. As an added bonus, a timer will calculate each player's fully automated 40-yard time out of the blocks. The list competitors (none officially on the UNM track roster) are:

So. RB Kasey Carrier
(played in the final six games as a true freshman in `09...led the team with averages of 44.8 rushing yards/game and 99.0 all-purpose yards/game...reported at 4.5 in the 40 while in HS)

RS-Fr. WR Myles Daughtry
(redshirted the 2009 season...strong track background at Clarksburg (Md.) HS...reported at 4.4 in the 40 while in high school)

So. RB Demond Dennis
(started 6 of 10 games...led the team in rushing (427 yards)...averaged 5.5 yards/carry with a long of 62...3 TDs...timed at 4.48 in the 40 while in HS)

So. DB Nathan Enriquez
(started 6 of 11 games...2 interceptions, 3 pass break-ups, 23 tackles...officially timed at 4.52 in the 40 last winter at UNM)

Jr. CB Anthony Hooks
(started all 12 games as a true soph. last year...44 tackles, 2 pass break-ups...HS track standout...Arizona state champ in the 400m and timed at 21.4 in the 200m)

RS-Fr. WR Demarcus Rogers
(redshirted the 2009 season...reported at 4.5 in the 40 while in HS)

Jr. WR Michael Scarlett
(did not play in 2009...11 catches for 104 yards in `08...officially timed at 4.58 in the 40 last winter at UNM)

So. WR Quintell Solomon
(Played in all 12 games and finished with 13 catches for 122 yards and a TD in `09)

RESULTS: Event-by-event results will be posted on the bulletin boards at the finish line corner of the facility, near the timing table. Complete HTML results will be available on www.GoLobos.com immediately following the meet.

LAST TIME OUT (Lobo Opener - Jan. 16)

Fifth-year senior Sandy Fortner made a triumphant return to action after redshirting all of 2009 to lead the University of New Mexico at the Lobo Opener. Fortner began the day with a victory in the long jump, winning the event with a leap of 19' 4" (5.89m) on her third attempt. She then clocked an altitude adjusted 8.97 in the 60-meter hurdles before coming back to win the event with an adjusted time of 8.82. Fortner finished the day by anchoring the Lobos' victorious 4x400 relay team (3:55.12).

The Fort Sumner, N.M. product swept the MWC multi-event crowns in her last season of action, winning the pentathlon indoors and heptathlon outdoors while qualifying for the NCAA Championships in both in 2008. Nagging injuries forced her to sit out all of 2009.

In other Lobo action, junior Brian Wilson and freshman Richard York finished 1-2 in the 60 hurdles finals, clocking altitude adjusted times of 8.52 and 8.53, respectively.

Freshman Kendall Spencer continued the solid start to his collegiate career, leading all collegians in the long jump (second - 23' 6 ½" (7.17m)) and 200 (third - 22.15), and fellow freshman De'Vron Walker was the top collegiate finisher in the 60 (third - altitude adjusted 7.01).

Freshmen Precious Selmon led all collegians in the women's 60 (second - altitude adjusted 7.76), while fellow rookie Shirley Pitts was the top collegiate finisher in the 200 (third - 25.56).

Sophomore Amber Menke also had a solid performance for the young Lobo women's team, winning the pole vault with a leap of 11' 7 ¾" (3.55m).

Back on the track senior Michelle Corrigan was the top collegiate finisher in the mile, clocking an altitude adjusted time of 5:01.67. Corrigan, who earned All-America honors in the 10,000 last spring, trailed only 2009 USA champion and World bronze medalist Shannon Rowbury and three-time USA champion Treniere Moser. Rowbury shattered the facility record with a time of 4:34.14, while Moser also ran under the previous record, crossing the line in 4:43.72.

Rowbury and Moser were two of several world class competitors among the field of the Lobo Opener with more expected to visit Albuquerque's elite facility in the coming weeks.

Beijing Olympic 100 and 200 finalist Churandy Martina (Netherlands Antilles) won the 60 today with a time of 6.66, while Halimat Ismaila swept the women's 60 (7.38) and 200 (24.26) titles. Ismaila helped Nigeria win bronze in the 4x100 relay at the 2008 Olympics.

Former Oregon long distance star Galen Rupp, a six-time NCAA champion and 2009 Bowerman Award winner (college track's equivalent of the Heisman Trophy), was also among the field in one of several scheduled training performances in the Duke City leading up to the USA Championships.

Rupp, however, was upset in the men's 800 by the most unlikely of sources as Lobo freshman walk-on Raffi Cote surged past the American indoor 5,000 record holder in the final 50 meters to win with an altitude adjusted time of 1:53.64 - 0.46 seconds ahead of Rupp. Cote (Grand Junction, Colo.) was a last minute addition to the race after false starting out of the 400 earlier in the day.


UNM head coach Joe Franklin added of one of the top assistant coaches in the nation to program this fall. Rodney Zuyderwyk (pronounced ZOO-dur-wik) now oversees the combined events, throws, and vertical jumps at New Mexico after spending the previous nine years at Purdue University where he earned 2008 and 2009 Regional Assistant Coach of the Year honors from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

"I'm absolutely excited and thrilled to be here at a program that's heading toward national prominence," said Zuyderwyk. "I've known Joe Franklin for a long time and am impressed by what he's building at New Mexico. The combination of the great facilities, wonderful weather and my respect for what coach Franklin has done here made this a very attractive job and I'm excited to help this program keep rising on the national level."

In his last seven years at Purdue, Zuyderwyk's athletes broke 17 school records, nine Big Ten records, three American Collegiate records and three USA open National records. They also won 50 Big Ten medals, including 19 Big Ten event titles, seven NCAA Mideast Regional event titles, two NCAA Championship gold medals and three USA open event titles.

"To have a coach of Rodney's caliber join our outstanding staff shows that UNM is a destination program for both athletes and coaches," said Franklin. "He brings instant credibility with his longtime success training athletes in the javelin, pole vault and multi events and we're very excited to have him."

The following is a brief look at Zuyderwyk's accomplishments at Purdue where he coached javelin, pole vault, combined events and hurdles:

Javelin - During his time at Purdue, Zuyderwyk established one of the finest javelin programs in the country. Purdue was the only university to boast three women's throwers over the 180-foot barrier and the only two American collegiate throwers to ever break the 60-meter barrier. His athletes won two NCAA titles, five NCAA Mideast Regional titles, and in 2009 Kara Patterson won her second straight U.S. Championship and qualified for the 2009 World Championships in Berlin, Germany with a career-best throw of 63.95 meters (209-10) - just 24 centimeters shy of the American record.

Pole Vault - Over the past seven years, the Boilermaker vaulters earned 22 Big Ten medals, including eight conference titles, under Zuyderwyk's tutelage. Purdue had six vaulters qualify for the NCAA Mideast Regional Championships in 2009 after sending seven to regionals in 2008.

Combined Events/Other - Zuyderwyk coached a pair of All-American hurdlers in Josh Hembrough and Rickey Pinkney. Hembrough was eighth in the 60-meter hurdles at the 2009 NCAA Indoor Championships, while Pinkney was seventh in the event at the 2006 NCAA Indoors.

Zuyderwyk also helped Angela Anoliefoh finish second in the Big Ten hepthatlon with an NCAA provisional qualifying score of 5,269 points and Andrew Rademacher capture the bronze in the heptathlon at the 2007 Big Ten meet with a score of 5,158.

Prior to Purdue, Zuyderwyk represented Australia in the 110-meter hurdles and 4x100-meter relay at the 1998 Commonwealth Games. He finished sixth at the World Cup in the 110-meter hurdles and sixth at the World Student Games in decathlon.

In college, Zuyderwyk competed for Washington State University, helping the Cougars to a Pac-10 Championship, two National Dual Meet Championships and a runner-up finish at the 1991 NCAA Outdoor Championships.