ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- The Aggies' 4x400-meter relay team (Aldredge, Perkins, Banegas, Cromartie), who ran in the Don Kirby Elite meet on Friday, set a school record with a time of 3:39.53, which placed them third overall and 21st nationally.
The New Mexico State University track and field team competed in its last regular indoor track and field season meet at the Don Kirby Collegiate open, completing the meet with a new school record in the 200m, 400m and 5,000m.
Two Aggies finished in the top five for the 200m. Junior Alishia Perkins finished third overall with a time of 24.05 and junior Brianna Cromartie finished fourth overall with a time of 24.07. Each time was a career-best and a new school record, improving upon Perkins' top school record and improving upon Cromartie's second-best school record.
Two more Aggies also finished in the top five overall in the 400m. Cromartie finished first overall with a time of 54.28, improving upon her career-best and top overall school record. Senior LaSasha Aldredge finished third overall with a time of 55.01. Freshmen Cherish Morrison and Leah Englehart also competed in the event.
Three Aggies finished in the top 10 for the 800m. Senior Samantha Thompson finished fifth overall with a time of 2:15.14. Freshman Latrice Brooks finished seventh overall with a time of 2:15.59, moving her up to fourth all-time for NM State. Junior Kayla Nagunst finished 10th overall with a time of 2:19.67.
NM State dominated the 1-mile, holding five of the top 10 overall finishes. Sophomore Diana Hawk finished first overall with a time of 5:00.31, placing ahead of second place by over six seconds. Sophomore Caroline Lewkiecki finished sixth overall with a time of 5:23.03. Junior Carly Porter finished eighth overall with a time of 5:25.98, junior Sarabel Bojorquez finished ninth overall with a time of 5:25.98 and junior Gael Sanchez finished 10th overall with a time of 5:29.91. Sophomore Victoria Trujillo finished 11th overall and junior Rylie Hightower finished 14th overall. Senior Adrienne Larson, junior Natalie Gomez and senior Liz Mata also competed in the event.
In the 4x400m, the Aggies finished fourth overall with a time of 3:54.40. Morrison, senior Deserae Cota, junior Zoe Meade and freshman Kelsi Gonzales competed in the event.
Meade finished sixth overall in the high jump with a mark of 5-03.00 (1.70m), tying her career-best mark. Cota also competed in the event, finishing ninth overall with a mark of 5-01.00 (1.47m). In the long jump, Cota finished 13th overall with a mark of 17-10.25 (5.44,) and Meade finished 14th overall with a mark of 17-08.25 (5.39m).
In the pole vault, sophomore Taylor Black marked a height of 10-11.75 (3.35m) to finish seventh overall. In the triple jump, junior Horlexus Willis jumped a distance of 38-03.25 (11.66m) for sixth place overall.
A small group of Aggies also competed in the Husky Classic in Seattle, Wash. Senior Courtney Schultz competed in the 5,000m, finishing third overall in her heat with a time of 16:44.05, which is now a career-best time and a new school record. Senior Camille Schultz competed in her sister's heat as well. Senior Madelyn Stoltze also ran the 5,000m, finishing 11th in her heat with a time of 17:12.52, improving upon her career-best record and her all-time school record, which sits at third overall. Freshman Mayra Chavez also ran the 5,000m.
NM State will conclude the indoor track and field season on Feb. 21-23 in Albuquerque, N.M., with the Western Athletic Conference Championships.