Coronado Dominates In Outdoor Season Opener
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  03/18/2007
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

March 18, 2007

TEMPE, Ariz. - University of New Mexico sophomore Katie Coronado didn't waste any time in her first javelin competition of the year. Coronado unleashed an NCAA regional qualifying throw of 159' 9" on her first attempt to win the event on Saturday at Arizona State's Baldy Castillo Invitational - the Lobos' first outdoor meet of the year. The Ruidoso, N.M. product finished over 13 feet ahead of her nearest competitor and was one of three UNM women to earn victories on Saturday.

Fifth-year senior Timmie Murphy cruised to victory in the 3,000 meters - her first outdoor race in two years. Murphy clocked a time of 10:00.12 in the event, finishing over 15 seconds ahead of Louisville's Kortni Dukes. Sophomore Sheyenne Lewis was third with a time of 10:33.35.

Freshman Alesha Walker, meanwhile, enjoyed a tremendous day in her first collegiate outdoor meet. Walker won the long jump with a mark of 19' 4 3/4" - the best mark by a Lobo since current jumps coach Keren Bentzur went 20' 1" in 2003. Walker also finished fifth in the 100m with a time of 12.22 and was sixth in the 200 with a time of 24.81.

Elsewhere, sophomore Anthony Fairbanks punched his ticket to the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships with a career-best throw of 217' 10" en route to a second place finish in the men's javelin. Fairbanks led the competition after four rounds before ASU senior Andrew Smith grabbed the lead with a throw of 218' 6" in round five. Fairbanks surpassed his previous best in the event by over four feet.

Junior Jeremy Johnson picked up where he left off during the indoor season, finishing third in the 1,500m and second in the 3,000m. Johnson clocked a career-best time of 3:53.62 in the 1,500 and a time of 8:21.63 in the 3K.

Junior Ariel Burr finished third in the 400 with a time of 54.73, while fellow junior Kristan Matison was third in the 100 with a time of 12.15. Junior Jarrin Solomon, meanwhile, was clocked a career-best time of 21.82 to finish sixth in a rare 200m race for the 400 specialist. Solomon also led the Lobo 4x400 relay team to a third place finish with a time of 3:13.73 - two seconds behind the top collegiate team, Arizona State.

Back in the field, sophomore Briana Paxton finished fourth in the discus with a career-best throw of 145' 2", while sophomore Sandy Fortner tied for third in the high jump with a clearance of 5' 5". Sophomore Hagit Salamon and freshman Deanna Young finished 2-4 in the triple jump with marks of 38' 11 1/2" and 38' 3 1/4", respectively.

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