Track and Field Finishes Rice Owls Invite
Courtesy: New Mexico State University  
Release:  04/27/2014
HOUSTON, Texas—The New Mexico State track and field team completed its competition at the Rice Owls Invitational in Houston, Texas on Saturday, April 26.

The Aggies come off the UTSA Invitational where the team was dealing with injuries as well as competing with other schools and were looking to make improvements as the team gets closer to the Western Athletic Conference Championships.

“Our performance wasn’t bad today and we did some good things out there,” head coach Orin Richburg said. “Latrice (Brooks) did well for us today in the 800-meter. Diana (Hawk) also did well in the 1500-meter. We made a little bit of improvement here and now we just have to get ready for UNM then it’s on to the conference championships. We’re just working on tuning some things up before we get to the conference championship now.”

Sophomore Latrice Brooks had one of the top performances for the Aggies at the Rice Owls Invite where she finished third in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:12.30.

In the 1500-meter run, junior Diana Hawk led the Aggies and earned a seventh-place finish with a time of 4:30.61. This finish broke Hawk’s streak of five consecutive wins, four of which were in the 1500-meter run.

In the 3000-meter steeplechase the Aggies were led by senior Gael Sanchez who finished sixth with a time of 11:30.32.

Junior Megan McNally led NM State and earned a ninth-place finish in the 5000-meter run and finished with a time of 17:58.59.

Senior Alishia Perkins led the Aggies in both the 100-and-200-meter dash.  Perkins earned fifth-place finishes in both events. She finished the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.00, and finished the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.21.

Freshman Paige Patterson also competed in the 400-meter dash where she finished with a time of 24.81.

The team of Perkins, Patterson and juniors Jenna Banegas and Kendra Walker represented the Aggies in the 4x100-meter relay. They finished fifth with a time of 46.38.

Freshman Akuadasou Ezenyilimba led the Aggies in the discus where she posted a throw of 45.12m (148’0”).

In the javelin throw, the Aggies were led by junior Nicolette Serrao, who earned a fourth-place finish with a throw of 41.28m (135’5”). Fellow junior Tiffany Gerber finished sixth with a throw of 40.31m (132’3”).

NM State will be back in action when it travels to Albuquerque, N.M., to compete in the Don Kirby Invitational on May 2.

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