June 6, 2007
UPCOMINGThe University of New Mexico will send its biggest contingent in 17 years to the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Sacramento, Calif. this week. Three women and two men - all products of New Mexico high schools - will represent UNM on the national stage. All five athletes are making their first appearance at the NCAA Championships. The outdoor championships will also be the final meet at UNM for coaches Matt and Mark Henry who will retire after seven years at their alma mater.
The Lobos begin competition on Wednesday night. Friday's events will be broadcast live on CSTV from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. (Mountain), while CBS will have live coverage of Saturday's events from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
THE NCAA OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS AT A GLANCEOnline Coverage: Live meet results will be available online at www.ncaasports.com and www.hornetsports.com. Complete coverage of the NCAA Championships, including podcasts, photos and daily recaps, will be available at www.trackshark.com.
Television Coverage: Friday's events will be broadcast live on CSTV (ch. 274 on Comcast in Albuquerque) from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. (Mountain). CBS will have live coverage of Saturday's events from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Schedule: The meet runs Wednesday, June 6 through Saturday, June 9 at the Alex G. Spanos Sports Complex on the Sacramento State campus. The UNM contingent competes at the following times (Mountain Standard):
Friday, June 8
6:55 p.m. - (men's 400m semifinals)**
7:05 p.m. - (women's 400m semifinals)**
9:10 p.m. - (women's 5,000m finals)
Saturday, June 9
11 a.m. - (women's javelin finals)
11:37 a.m. - (men's 400m finals)
11:44 a.m. - (women's 400m finals)
* Top 2 from each heat plus next 6 fastest times advance to semifinals - 16 total.
^ Top 6 from each heat plus next 4 fastest times advance to finals - 16 total.
# Top 12 marks advance to finals - 3 throws each.
** Top 3 from each semi plus next 2 fastest times advance to finals - 8 total.
UNM Men At The NCAA Outdoor Championships: New Mexico has sent a pair of men to the national meet each year since 2004 and have had a representative at the outdoor championships for five straight seasons - the longest streak since a six-year run from 1982-87. The Lobos had one men's qualifier (1998 and 2000) between 1993-2002.
UNM Women At The NCAA Outdoor Championships: The UNM women have their best representation at the outdoor championships since 1990 when four athletes qualified for the NCAA meet. The Lobos had one woman (thrower Amanda Barnes in 2005) advance to the outdoor championships over the past three years.
New Mexicans At The NCAA Outdoor Championships: Twelve of the 14 NCAA Outdoor Championship qualifiers under seventh-year head coach Matt Henry have been from the state of New Mexico. All ten men and women that have qualified over the last three years hail from the Land of Enchantment. The five New Mexico high school products representing UNM at the 2007 Outdoor Championships is the most in program history.
UNM Outdoor All-Americans: Twenty-six individuals and one relay team have combined to earn outdoor All-America honors 35 times since Buster Charles (decathlon) became the Lobos' first All-American in 1930.
UNM athletes have also won six NCAA event titles outdoors. Olympian Dick Howard was New Mexico's first NCAA champion, winning the 440-yard hurdles in 1959. Adolph Plummer won the 1961 440-yard dash crown in `61 and Larry Kennedy captured the discus in `64. Clarence Robinson swept the long and triple jump at the 1965 national championships and Roswell, N.M. native Art Baxter was the Lobos' last NCAA champion, winning the triple jump in `67.
Santa Fe native Matt Gonzales is the lone outdoor All-American under seventh-year head coach Matt Henry, earning the award in the 10,000-meter run in 2003 and `04. Gonzales finished fourth in the `04 and his third place finish in `03 snapped a 12-year All-America drought for the UNM men's team.
It's been 11 years since a UNM woman earned All-America honors. Sophomores Tangi Galloway (4th - 10,000m) and Sarah Nicholson (12th - javelin) both earned All-America laurels at the 1996 NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Ore.
HENRY BROTHERS ANNOUNCE RETIREMENTUniversity of New Mexico head track and field coach Matt Henry and associate head coach Mark Henry announced on Feb. 19 that they will retire from UNM effective at the end of the 2007 outdoor season. A nation-wide search is underway to replace the twin brothers, who are in their seventh season with the Lobos.
"We just felt that it was time for us to step aside," said Matt Henry. "We've done some pretty nice things since we've been here. Cross country in particular - we've been pretty successful on both the men's and women's sides. We've also had some good track and field performances over the years, but I'm most proud of the fact that we've done it almost entirely with New Mexico kids."
Under Henry's tutelage, 18 UNM athletes have advanced to NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field Championship meets, giving the Lobos representation every year since 2002. New Mexico has also earned four All-America awards, two Academic All-America certificates, won 27 Mountain West Conference event titles and earned all-MWC honors 117 times. Twenty-five UNM indoor/outdoor records have been set during Henry's tenure.
In cross country, Henry's runners have earned a combined 17 all-MWC awards and 11 all-NCAA Mountain Region certificates. New Mexico has sent six individuals and one team to the NCAA Cross Country Championships, earning All-America honors three times.
Henry's fellow coaches named him MWC Coach of the Year for men's outdoor track in 2002 and again in 2005 for women's cross country.
Mark Henry has been the primary sprints and relays coach all seven years at UNM. Since 2001, Henry's sprinters have captured a five MWC titles and earned all-conference honors 29 times. Four individuals and two relay teams have advanced to the NCAA Midwest Regional Championship meet, including two NCAA Championship qualifiers, and seven school records have been set in the sprint and relay events under Henry's watch.
"The Henry name has been synonymous with track and field - locally and nationally - for many decades," said UNM athletics director Paul Krebs. "I'm disappointed that future Lobo student-athletes will not have the benefit of receiving guidance and coaching from Matt and Mark. They have worked tirelessly for the New Mexico track program and the sport of track and field. They will be missed."
Both Matt and Mark say they plan to stay in the Albuquerque area after finishing at UNM. Matt's sons Kurt (a junior) and Kyle (a freshman) will both remain with the program.
THESE ARE NEW MEXICO'S LOBOSOver the past six years UNM head coach Matt Henry has worked to rebuild the track and field program primarily using in-state and in-city athletes. Few D-I athletics programs in the state of New Mexico can match Lobo track and field when it comes to being a truly New Mexican product. Zia pride is what fuels the program, coaches and athletes alike.
The 2007 roster features 71 in-state products, including 38 from the Duke City. Thirty-one men and women are former New Mexico high school track & field champions. More and more, the elite athletes in the state are choosing to stay home at New Mexico, even declining offers from big name out-of-state schools with greater financial resources.
The New Mexico connection is just as strong with the coaching staff as Matt Henry (Albuquerque), Mark Henry (Albuquerque), Scott Steffan (Aztec, N.M.) and Keren Bentzur (Israel), as well as volunteer coaches Mark Johnson (Fontana, Wisc.), Matt Kraft (Albuquerque) and Derek Mackel (Albuquerque) all competed at and graduated from the University of New Mexico.
2007 UNM NCAA OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS QUALIFIERSAriel Burr 400 meters (No. 19 seed)
Carrizozo, N.M. (Carrizozo HS)
Career Best: 52.85 (May 26, 2007 - Des Moines, Iowa)
Preliminary Race Scouting Report: Burr will be running out of lane 4 in the second of five heats on Wednesday evening...she will see two familiar faces in her race as Mountain West Conference rivals Nicole Stone of San Diego State and Deborah Jones of TCU are in lanes 6 and 7, respectively...Jones, the MWC outdoor champion, defeated burr at the conference meet and at the Midwest Regional Championships...Burr defeated Stone at the MWC Championships...Penn State junior Shana Cox owns the fastest entry time in the heat at 51.38...the top 2 finishers from each heat plus the next 6 fastest times overall advance to the 400m semifinals on Friday evening.
Quoting Burr: "I'm really excited I made it to nationals. I'm glad it finally happened and I just want to take advantage of this opportunity. Now that I'm in, I'm just going to try to take each round at time. I'm going to have to PR each time I run to get to the finals, so I have to be mentally strong, treat my body well while I'm in Sacramento and just try to be in the best condition possible for each race. It's going to be a long three days, but my goal is to get to the finals. That's what I'm shooting for."
How She Qualified: Placed fifth - two spots higher than her seed - at the Midwest Regional Championships in Des Moines, Iowa (May 26) to earn the automatic bid to the NCAA Championships...had not finished higher than 20th in her two previous trips to the regional championship meet.
Last UNM Women's Sprinter To Qualify: Albuquerque products Terrian Florence (Sr.) and Natanya Jones (So.), both in the 100m, in 1990...Jones advanced to the semifinals (15th)...Burr is the first UNM woman to qualify in the 400.
All-American Women's Sprinters At UNM: One...Fr. Michelle Mathias (Colorado Springs, Colo.)...4th in the 200m at the 1981 AIAW national championships.
Road To Sacramento: Smashed her own school record by 0.19 seconds in her last race with a time of 52.85 in the finals (5th) of the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships...earned all-MWC honors with a third place finish (53.17) in San Diego...ran under 53.50 seconds in her final 4 races...also qualified for regionals in the 200 with a career-best time of 23.73 (altitude-adjusted) on April 28 in Albuquerque, but chose to run the 400 exclusively...she enters the national meet projected to finish 12th by Trackwire.com...it's the first time a UNM sprinter has ever appeared on Trackwire's weekly power rankings.
Career Highlights: UNM indoor and outdoor record holder in the 400 and a five-time all-Mountain West Conference honoree in the event...MWC indoor champion in 2007...MWC outdoor runner-up in 2005 and `06...three-time NCAA Regional qualifier...has run under 53 seconds twice in her career...two-time Academic all-MWC honoree.
Other Notes: One of 14 graduates in the class of `04 at tiny Carrizozo HS (town population 1,043) in southeast New Mexico...dominated the 1A competition throughout her career, capturing 14 individual gold medals and an additional four relay titles in state track meet appearances.
Katie Coronado Javelin (No. 11 seed)
Ruidoso, N.M. (Ruidoso HS)
Career Best: 169-10 (April 14, 2007 - El Paso, Texas)
Qualifying Competition Scouting Report: Coronado will be throwing 12th out of 13 competitors in the second and final flight on Thursday evening...she has faced five competitors in flight 2 previously this season...the top-ranked athlete in the field, Oregon sophomore Rachel Yurkovich, will throw first in flight 2...each athlete will get three throws on Thursday and the top-12 marks will move on to finals competition on Saturday morning.
Quoting Coronado: "Missing out on nationals last year really haunted me. I was really disappointed and that feeling carried into this year. When I saw that I was actually going to go this year, I was really excited. I think I can do pretty good. I've just got to stay consistent and keep doing what I've been doing."
How She Qualified: Earned an at-large bid after placing sixth at the Midwest Regional Championships in Des Moines, Iowa (May 25) and posting a season-best mark of 169' 10" (51.77m) that ranks 11th nationally...was one of the last athletes left out of the 2006 NCAA women's javelin field after finishing seventh at the regional meet and recording a season-best of 161' 11"...a victim of the powerful Midwest competition, three automatic qualifying athletes from other regions were selected for the NCAA Championships in front of her despite posting lower season marks.
Previous UNM Woman To Qualify In The Javelin: Sarah Nicholson (Sr.) in 1997...Nicholson also qualified as a junior in 1995 and a sophomore in `96...Coronado is the first UNM women's javelin qualifier from the state of New Mexico.
All-American Women's Javelin Throwers At UNM: Nicholson finished 12th (150' 5") in the 1996 NCAA Outdoor Championships in her hometown of Eugene, Ore...she was awarded for being one of the top-8 placing U.S. citizens in the event.
Road To Sacramento: Became the Lobos' first two-time all-region honoree with a sixth place finish (163' 2") at the NCAA Midwest Championships...threw 162' 2" to capture the MWC javelin title in San Diego...was the first UNM woman to win gold in the event at the conference meet...was listed as high as eighth in the Trackwire.com national meet projections after breaking Sarah Nicholson's 11-year-old school record with a throw of 169' 10" on April 14 at the UTEP Invitational in El Paso, Texas...the throw is currently the ninth-best by an American woman this year...it also ranks third on the MWC all-time list and earned her conference Athlete of the Week for the first time in her career...finished 3rd in the section A competition at the Texas Relays (158'), defeating All-Americans and fellow 2007 NCAA competitors Sigrun Fjeldsted and Krista Woodward of Georgia...also defeated Texas A&M All-American and `07 NCAA qualifier Jessica Wingfield in a win at USC on March 24...has thrown over 165' twice in her career and over 160' in 5 straight meets.
Career Highlights: Two-time all-MWC honoree...conference runner-up in `06 behind two-time national champion Dana Pounds of Air Force...Academic all-MWC honoree.
Other Notes: Two-time class 3A javelin champion at Ruidoso HS (town population 7,698)...also won the discus crown as a junior...all-state selection in soccer and basketball as well...MVP of the state North-South basketball all-star game.
Jeremy Johnson 10,000 meters (No. 12 seed)
Albuquerque, N.M. (Manzano HS)
Career Best: 28:47.76 (April 13, 2007 - Walnut, Calif.)
Preliminary Race Scouting Report: Johnson owns the 12th-fastest entry time among the 26 competitors that will toe the line on Thursday night...it will be just the second 10,000-meter race of his career...he has faced three of the runners in the field head-to-head this spring, including Mountain West Conference rival Josh Rohatinsky of BYU (No. 2 seed)...Texas A&M Corpus Christi's Shadrack Songok (No. 5 seed) was the only opponent he faced in his previous 10K at the Mt. SAC Relays...Songok won the race with a time of 28:16.47...former UNM cross country All-American Shadrack Kiptoo-Biwott, now a sophomore at Oregon, is the No. 23 seed in the race.
Quoting Johnson: "Coach (Matt) Henry and I think there's a whole lot of improvement that can be made in the 10K since it was my first one when I ran at Mt. SAC. We think that I can really drop my time down a lot. Also, it's a really good field. We've got Galen Rupp, who's the collegiate record holder now, (Josh) Rohatinsky is the national champion in cross country, and I just want to run with the best I can. I just want to stay in contention. Keeping myself in the top five throughout the whole race is the goal. I'm going to try not to let the leaders break away from me at all and then the last mile to two miles, just hammer and hang on and see what we can do."
How He Qualified: Was selected from the provisional qualifying pool after clocking a time of 28:47.76 - less than three seconds shy of the automatic qualifying standard...was also eligible to compete in the 5,000 after earning an automatic bid with his third place finish at the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships on May 25 in Des Moines, Iowa.
Last UNM Men's Distance Runner To Qualify: Santa Fe native Matt Gonzales (Jr.) in 2004 (4th - 10,000m).
All-American Men's Distance Runners At UNM: Six men (eight awards)...Gonzales was the last, finishing 4th in the 10,000 in Austin, Texas in 2004...he also finished third in the 10K in Sacramento in 2003...Ibrahim Kivina (Sr.) was the first to earn All-America honors in the 10,000, finishing 2nd in 1984...George Scott (3 miles) and Web Loudat (3,000 steeplechase) were the first distance All-Americans at UNM in 1967.
Road To Sacramento: Recorded the third-fastest time in MWC history (28:47.76) in his first career 10,000-meter race at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif. on April 13...finished ninth overall and third among collegians in a field of 57 runners...enters the NCAA Championship meet ranked No. 12 in the most recent Trackwire.com 10K race projections...finished third in the 5,000m (14:01.43) at the Midwest Regional Championships, which featured 7 of the nation's top-25 ranked runners...came within 200m of the win before a late kick by Colorado's Brent Vaughn and fellow NCAA 10K competitor Kevin Chelimo (Texas Tech)...defeated Songok for the first time in 3 races in Des Moines...MWC runner-up in the 5K (14:13.16), behind Rohatinsky, on May 12 in San Diego...also earned all-MWC honors in the 1,500 (3rd - 3:50.94)...clocked a career-best 5,000m time of 13:50.85 (9th) on March 31 at Stanford.
Career Highlights: Has earned indoor/outdoor all-conference honors 5 times in the past two years, including four medals in `07...first team all-conference selection and recorded the fastest 8K time in UNM history this past cross country season...two-time Academic all-MWC honoree.
Other Notes: Returned to UNM in `05 after transferring to Arizona for 1 1/2 years...sat out the `05 track and cross country seasons due to NCAA transfer rules...returned to competition during the `06 track seasons...originally signed with New Mexico out of high school and was one of the team's top cross country runners as a 17-year-old freshman in `02...redshirted the `03 track seasons before moving on to Tucson, where he competed in cross country and track during the `03-04 seasons...has one year of XC eligibility remaining...New Mexico 5A 3,200m champion as a senior.
Timmie Murphy 5,000 meters (No. 23 seed)
Farmington, N.M. (Farmington HS)
Career Best: 16:25.21 (May 25, 2007 - Des Moines, Iowa)
Preliminary Race Scouting Report: Murphy owns the 12th-fastest entry time among the 14 competitors in the first semifinal of the 5,000 on Wednesday night and is ranked 23rd in the 27-woman field overall...she is the lone runner from the Mountain West Conference in the 5K field...she defeated heat 1 competitors Racheal Marchand (Iowa) and Kellyn Johnson (Wichita State) at the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships in Des Moines on May 25...she also defeated Marchand at Stanford on March 31...the top 6 finishers in each semi plus the next 4 best times (16 total) advance to the finals on Saturday night.
Quoting Murphy: "It's pretty cool that we have five people (from New Mexico) here. That's pretty exciting. I've been doing a little more speed work and training for the 5K towards the end of the season. I think that I'm going to have to have the race of my life in order to get into the finals. I'm not ranked very high, so all I'm thinking about right now is getting into finals."
Last UNM Women's Distance Runner To Qualify: Jr. Tangi Galloway (10,000m - did not finish) in 1997...Murphy is the first UNM woman to qualify in the 5,000.
All-American Women's Distance Runners At UNM: Two...Galloway and Karen Cramond...Galloway finished 4th in the 10,000 as a sophomore at the 1996 NCAA Championships, while Cramond was fifth in the 2-mile run and 3rd in the 3-mile as a freshman at the 1976 AIAW national championships.
Road To Sacramento: Clocked a career-best time of 16:25.21 - the fastest in seventh-year head coach Matt Henry's tenure and 9 seconds off the 23-year-old UNM record - to finish fourth in her Midwest Regional Championships debut...became the first UNM woman to earn all-region honors on the track...clocked a time of 16:47.60 at the MWC Championships, earning all-conference honors for the first time outdoors with her third place finish...smashed her previous best entering the season with a time of 16:28.03 (5th - sec. 2) on March 31 at Stanford...raced just 3 times in the first two months of the season.
Career Highlights: Two-time all-MWC honoree on the track...MWC indoor runner-up and a provisional qualifier in the 3,000m in 2006...redshirted the `06 outdoor season after completing her indoor career last year...two-time first team all-MWC and all-NCAA Mountain Region honoree in cross country, and a NCAA Championships qualifier this past fall.
Other Notes: Full name is Micky Timmieann Murphy...will graduate this summer with a degree in Exercise Science.
Jarrin Solomon 400 meters (No. 25 seed)
Albuquerque, N.M. (La Cueva HS)
Career Best: 46.42 (March 31, 2007 - Tucson, Ariz.)
Preliminary Race Scouting Report: Solomon will be running on the far inside in lane 3 in the third of five preliminary heats on Wednesday evening...two familiar competitors in Arizona State's senior All-American Domenik Peterson (lane 5) and Baylor freshman J.T. Scheuerman (lane 6) will be running outside of him in heat 3...Solomon defeated Peterson by 0.13 seconds in a March 31 win at Arizona and was 0.14 seconds faster than Scheuerman in the finals of the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships in Des Moines, Iowa...Solomon has the fifth-fastest qualifying time in his heat and No. 25 overall in the field...however, he has finished 1st or 2nd in 6 of his last 7 head-to-head 400 races...lone finish out of the top-2 in a head-to-head race was his fifth place effort Midwest Regional finals...the top 2 finishers from each heat plus the next 6 fastest times overall advance to the 400m semifinals on Friday evening.
Quoting Solomon: "It was real cool, real exciting to make it to NCAAs and to be up at that level. I felt that I could do it all season, so it was kind of a relief that I made it. This week, I think being in contention (for the lead in each race) is what is going to get me into the finals. If I can be in contention all week, then I think I'll be alright. I'm pretty confident. I've beaten some of the top seeded guys at regionals and during the season, so I'm pretty confident that I should be able to advance."
How He Qualified: Placed fifth - four spots higher than his seed - at the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships in Des Moines, Iowa (May 26) to earn the automatic bid to the NCAA Championships...had not finished higher than 17th in his two previous trips to the regional championship meet...is the lone Mountain West Conference sprinter in the field and one of eight qualifiers from the Midwest region.
Last UNM Men's Sprinter To Qualify: So. Tony Eziuka (400m) in 1991...Eziuka (Jos, Nigeria) suffered an injury before the prelims and did not start...Solomon is the first sprinter from a New Mexico high school to represent the Lobos at the NCAA Championships.
All-American Men's Sprinters At UNM: Four (five awards)...Jarrin's dad, Mike Solomon, and Charles Dramiga were the last UNM All-Americans in the 400, both in 1976...New Mexico has earned All-America honors four times in the 400 or 440-yard dash...Adolph Plummer won the 440 national title in 1961 and repeated as an All-American in `62.
Road To Sacramento: Earned all-region honors for the first time with a fifth place finish in Des Moines...finished just 0.08 seconds out of third...ran second behind Baylor's LeJerald Betters in his preliminary heat...defeated `07 NCAA qualifiers J.T. Scheuerman (Baylor), Aaron Buzard (Minnesota) and Justin Oliver (Texas A&M) and was 0.05 seconds behind Terrance Reid (Northern Iowa) in the finals...became the first Lobo since 1991 to win a conference 400 title, finishing with a time of 46.50 - 0.24 seconds ahead of the field - at the MWC Championships on May 12 in San Diego...recorded a personal record time of 46.42 on March 31 at Arizona...time ranks fifth on the MWC all-time list and is the fastest time in the conference before the month of May...has run under 47 seconds in 6 of his last 7 races and won four of his last 5 finals races.
Career Highlights: Four-time indoor/outdoor all-MWC honoree and three-time NCAA regional qualifier in the 400...also a 5-time all-conference honoree in the 4x400 relay...set the UNM indoor record (47.00) in a second place finish at the 2007 MWC Championships in Albuquerque...later led the UNM 4x400 relay team to its first conference title in 20 years...strong in the classroom as well, earning a pair of Academic all-MWC awards.
Other Notes: Trained with the Trinidad and Tobago national team over the summer and was an alternate at the 2006 Central American and Caribbean Games in Cartagena, Columbia...was a standout soccer player in high school and did not start training full time in track until his first year of college (2004-05)...3-time all-state defender in soccer who was recruited by North Carolina...class 5A state runner-up in the 400 as a senior...father, Mike Solomon, was one of the finest middle distance runners in UNM history, earning two All-America awards and winning the 600-yard title at the 1977 NCAA Indoor Championships...Mike was also a two-time Olympian, competing at the 1976 Montreal games and 1980 Moscow Olympics for his native Trinidad and Tobago.