NEW MEXICO:The Lobos' top all-around thrower who has improved dramatically during her career...best event is the shot put where she ranks sixth all-time at UNM (44-11.50) and has scored three times at the MWC Championship meets...No. 4 on the Lobos' all-time discus performers list (145-02)...redshirted indoors and outdoors in 2009...3-time Academic All-MWC honoree...second generation Lobo athlete as dad, Matt, played football in the late 1970s and mom, Laurie (formerly Laurie Gilliland), was a standout hurdler for the UNM track team from 1975-78...Laurie was a three-time AIAW national qualifier in the 400m hurdles and won the event at the `77 WAC Championships...she is also a former school and conference record holder in the 100m hurdles.
2010: (outdoor) Scored at the MWC Championships for the third time in her career, placing 8th in the discus with a mark of 141-11.00...personal-best mark in the discus with a mark of 158-11.00 for a first place finish at the UTEP Invitational...qualified for the NCAA Preliminaries, threw a mark of 148-2...
2009: (outdoor/indoor) Redshirted both seasons.
2008: (outdoor) Scored at the MWC meet for the second straight year, placing 8th in the shot (44-07.00)...season-best mark of 44-08.75 (team's No. 2) in a 3rd place finish at TCU...Lobos' top discus thrower with a season-best mark of 141-08 at UTEP...8 top-5 finishes in her 14 competitions...Academic All-MWC...(indoor) Capped a fine season with a 4th place finish - the highest by a Lobo in 3 years - in the shot put at the MWC Championships...career-best mark of 46-03.75 was 15 inches beyond her previous best...also had a career-best mark of 48-10.00 (18th) in the weight throw at the MWC meet...4 top-5 finishes in 10 competitions...Academic All-MWC.
2007: (outdoor) Led the team and ranked 8th in the MWC in both the shot put (44-11.50) and discus (145-02), recording career-bests in bot events...scored for the first time at the MWC Championships, placing 8th in the shot put (43-06.50)...14 competitions in 7 meets...5 top-5 finishes...Academic All-MWC...(indoor) UNM's top competitor in the shot put (41-10.75) and weight throw (46-04.00)...recodred career-bests and was ranked 14th in the MWC in both events...finished 13th in the weight throw at 17th in the shot put at the MWC Championships...12 competitions in 6 meets...5 top-5 finishes.
2006: (outdoor) Led the team (11th MWC) in the shot put with a top mark of 42-10.75 at UTEP...10th in the event at the MWC Championships (41-01.75)...also had top marks of 135-00 in the discus (UC-San Diego) and 128-10 in the hammer (MWC Championships)...4 top-8 finishes in 17 competitions (6 meets)...Academic All-MWC and MWC Scholar-Athlete Award winner...(indoor) Owned the team's top mark (13th MWC) in the shot put with a toss of 40-09.50 at the New Mexico Invite...ranked 4th on the team in the weight throw (40-04.25)...competed 11 times in 6 meets.
HIGH SCHOOL:A 2005 graduate of Albuquerque La Cueva High School...5A state champion in the shot put and discus as a senior...swept the shot and discus district titles all 4 years...school record holder in both events...PRs of 42-11.75 in the shot and 134-00.50 in the discus...helped head coach Jim Ciccarello's Bears win a pair of state titles and 4 district crowns...first team all-district pick in basketball as a junior and senior...NHS member, academic letterwinner and Who's Who Among American High School Students.
PERSONAL:Born in Bakersfield, Calif...full name is Briana Ashley Paxton...daughter of Matt and Laurie Paxton...grandfather, Charles Gilliland, was a decathlete and discus thrower at Oklahoma in the early `50s...Briana is a black belt in Tae Kwon Do...majoring in Art Studio with a minor in Art History.
COLLEGIATE BESTS - OUTDOOR
COLLEGIATE BESTS - INDOOR