April 16, 2008
Week 2 National Rankings
NEW ORLEANS -- The University of New Mexico women's track and field team remains No. 24 in the second U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association's (USTFCCCA) Division I outdoor track and field rankings of 2008. New Mexico boasts three athletes ranked among the top-10 in the nation in their respective events, led by third-ranked long jumper, sophomore Alesha Walker.
Junior Katie Coronado is ranked sixth in the javelin, while senior Tiyana Peters is tied for seventh in the high jump. The Lobo women also received points from junior Sandy Fortner (11th - heptathlon), sophomore Deanna Young (16th - long jump, 23rd - triple jump) and senior Kara Henry (34th - 3,000m steeplechase).
The UNM men, meanwhile, gained 22 spots to check in at No. 40 in the national rankings. Junior transfer Lee Emanuel was responsible for the big jump and is the top-ranked Lobo overall after clocking the nation's second-fastest 1,500-meter time last weekend.
Senior Robert Caldwell is also ranked in the men's top-10 as he is currently shares the ninth-best pole vault mark in the country. New Mexico also received points from juniors Anthony Fairbanks (15th - javelin) and Mat Ashton (19th - 10,000m).
The Lobos should continue to bolster their standings, particularly on the men's side, this weekend at the Mt. SAC Relays.
Senior All-American Jeremy Johnson and Ashton are slated to run their first 5,000 races of the season, while senior Jarrin Solomon will get another opportunity to secure a regional qualifying time in the 400. Solomon has been slowed by an extended illness over the past several weeks.
On the women's side, senior Ariel Burr should notch a regional qualifying time in the 400 in her second quarter-mile race of the year. Henry and junior Carolyn Boosey could challenge for a regional mark in the 5,000 as well.