Lobos Split Squad For First Road Trips Of 2009
Feb. 12, 2009
UPCOMINGThe University of New Mexico track and field team will split up this weekend for its first true road trips of the season after four straight home meets at the Albuquerque Convention Center. On Saturday, a group of New Mexico sprinters and jumpers will be in Iowa State for the ISU Classic, while the rest of the team competes at Washington's Husky Classic. The squad will stay in Seattle on Sunday as well for a few races at the UW Open Meet.
The Lobos return to the Husky Classic for the second straight year after a successful performance in 2008 at the Dempsey Indoor Facility. Saturday will mark New Mexico's first visit to the Leid Recreation Center in Ames, Iowa.
ISU CLASSIC MEET INFORMATION/RESULTSResults: www.cyclones.com
Facility Information: The indoor track oval at the Lied Recreation Center is an eight-lane, 300-meter, flat Mondo surface. The multi-level building also serves as the fitness/recreation center for all Iowa State students and is one of the more unique indoor facilities in the country with massive support columns popping up just a few feet inside of lane one and an array of pipes and collapsible basketball goals lining the ceiling above the oval.
Lobos To Watch: After a pair of record-setting performances in the Duke City, senior Jarrin Solomon will be part of an elite field in the men's seeded 400-meter race. It will be his first race on a flat indoor track since he was a true freshman in 2005. Solomon will square off against Arizona All-American Bobby McCoy for the second time this season after defeating him on Jan. 24 in Albuquerque. The top heat of the seeded 400 also includes: 2008 indoor/outdoor high school national champion JaVell Bullard (George Mason), two-time All-American, Big 10 champion and 2008 Olympian Gakologelwang Masheto (Illinois), and another 2008 Olympian and 4x400 All-American Jose Acevedo (Kentucky).
Senior Ariel Burr, meanwhile, will be looking to punch her ticket to the NCAA Indoor Championships in heat one of the seeded women's 400. Like Solomon, it will be Burr's first race on a flat indoor track since 2005. Burr, who is currently 15th nationally in the 400, will take on a field that includes former Alabama All-American and 2008 Olympian (400 hurdles) Kou Luogon.
HUSKY CLASSIC MEET INFORMATION/RESULTSResults: www.gohuskies.com
Facility Information: Washington's indoor track is a five-lane, 307-meter, flat Mondo surfaced that is housed in the 80,000-square foot Dempsey Indoor Facility. The Dempsey Indoor Facility also serves as the practice facility for UW athletics.
Lobos To Watch: Seniors Mat Ashton and Michelle Corrigan, and junior transfers Rory Fraser and Nicky Archer in the 5,000 meters. Ashton was an NCAA provisional qualifier in this event last year and is showing signs of returning to his top form after clocking a collegiate best in the 3,000 last week at Notre Dame. Corrigan set the UNM record in the 5K last year at this meet and will be looking for her first NCAA provisional qualifying time.
Fraser and Archer will race at sea level for the first time this year after a pair of outstanding performances in Albuquerque to open the season. Fraser set the UNM record in the 3,000 two weeks ago with an NCAA provisional qualifying (altitude adjusted) time of 8:03.75. Archer, a long distance specialist, leads the team with a top (altitude adjusted) time of 9:40.71 in the 3K.
Last Time At The Husky Classic: Junior Michelle Corrigan clocked a time of 17:05.19 in the 5,000-meter run to break Kelly Dix's 15-year-old record by 1.38 seconds. Corrigan finished 15th in the field of 37 in her first 5K race of the winter.
Junior Mat Ashton finished eighth in the men's 5,000 with a time of 14:00.30 - 9.7 seconds under the NCAA provisional qualifying standard. Ashton clocked the fastest time by a Lobo in the event since Matt Gonzales set the school record of 13:45.72 in an All-America performance at the 2005 NCAA Championship meet.
EMANUEL CAPS HISTORIC WEEK WITH MWC AWARDSenior Lee Emanuel added another record to his resumé on Feb. 10 when he was named Mountain West Conference Men's Indoor Track & Field Athlete of the Week. Emanuel is the first Lobo to earn the Men's Athlete of the Week award twice during the indoor season and three times overall during their track and field careers.
The Hastings, England product joins fellow senior Jarrin Solomon (400m) as the second New Mexico athlete honored this winter - also a first for the program. The UNM men have earned the weekly honor four times in the past four years after winning the award just once in the first seven years of the MWC's existence.
Emanuel made history on Feb. 7 when he became the Lobos' first sub four-minute miler with a time of 3:57.91 in the signature Meyo Mile race at Notre Dame's Meyo Invitational. The time is the fourth-fastest in the country this season.
Emanuel clocked the second fastest mile in MWC history as he became the first Lobo since 2005 to automatically qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships. Colorado State's Bryan Berryhill is the only man in league history to run faster, recording a time of 3:56.84 when he won the event at the 2001 NCAA Indoor Championships.
Emanuel shattered his own school record in the event by 4.56 seconds and was nearly two seconds under the NCAA automatic qualifying standard.
Emanuel finished second in an elite field of 11 and was one of a remarkable five men to run under four minutes in the Meyo Mile. Among the runners Emanuel defeated were: two-time All-American (DMR) and former Big Ten 1,500-meter champion Justin Switzer (Michigan), Conference USA 1,500m champion Mark Davidson (Tulsa) and three-time All-American (DMR, 1,500) Craig Miller (Wisconsin).
LAST TIME OUT: New Mexico Classic/Meyo InvitationalIt was a memorable last race at the Albuquerque Convention Center for senior Jarrin Solomon on Feb. 7. The Albuquerque native lowered his own indoor school record in the 400 meters with a wire-to-wire win with a time of, 46.69. Meanwhile in South Bend, Ind. senior Lee Emanuel became the first Lobo to run a sub-four minute mile, clocking an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 3:57.91.
Solomon ran the second fastest time in Mountain West Conference history. Solomon came in the race ranked fifth in the nation in the event and lowered his NCAA provisional qualifying time by .15 seconds.
Emanuel shattered his own indoor school record at the Meyo Invitational hosted by Notre Dame. Emanuel finished the race over six seconds under the NCAA automatic qualifying time in the event. Emanuel's time will secure his spot in the NCAA Championship meet in at Texas A&M. It was the second fastest time in MWC history. Colorado State's Bryan Berryhill was the only man to clock a lower time when he ran a 3:56.84 to win the mile at the 2001 NCAA Championships.
The UNM women's mile record was broken twice on the day. Junior transfer Nicky Archer ran an altitude-adjusted time of 4:55.59 and broke a 15 year-old indoor school record set in 1993 by Morinne Laughlin.
Archer's record would stand only a little over an hour when junior teammate Ashley Gibson ran an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 4:47.88 at the Meyo Invitational.
The final indoor home meet of the year saw six NCAA provisional qualifiers and two more Convention Center records fall.
Ariel Burr ran a personal best 24.13 in the 200m - the last home race for the senior from Carrizozo, N.M.
MOUNTAIN WEST CONFERENCE LEADERSWith the 2009 Mountain West Conference Indoor Championships just two weeks away, several New Mexico athletes have established themselves as gold medal contenders. UNM currently owns the top time/mark in the MWC in five events.
Senior Ariel Burr has the league's fastest 200-meter time, while fellow senior Jarrin Solomon is No. 1 in the men's 400 and leads the MWC's top-ranked 4x400 relay team (Solomon, Philip Reid, Dominick Roberts, Ryan Steadman). Senior Lee Emanuel is the top-ranked miler and senior Josh Cosio shares the best high jump mark.
The following is breakdown of all the Lobos who rank among the top-5 in their respective events: