MOSCOW, Idaho—The New Mexico State track and field team finished competition in the 2014 Western Athletic Conference Championships with a fifth-place team finish but had several athletes coming home as individual champions.
The Aggies ended with 69 points, which placed them fifth behind Grand Canyon (166.50), UMKC (144.50), Idaho (127) and Utah Valley (80). NM State finished ahead of Texas-Pan American (31), Seattle U (22), Chicago State (13) and Cal State Bakersfield (10).
“When we go to a conference meet you just have to everyone step up, and a lot of kids did step up,” head coach Orin Richburg said. “Perkins did well and Deserae Cota did a real good job today and also by winning the pentathlon a couple days ago. Diana Hawk did real well for us today too in the 1-mile and 3000-meter run. Overall you always want to do better but now we got to go back and get ready for the outdoor season.”
Junior Diana Hawk finished the day as the individual champion in the 1-mile run. She finished with a time of 4:57.42, and earned the Aggies 10 points. Hawk also finished fifth in the 3000-meter run with a time of 10:12.88, earning four points.
Senior Alishia Perkins finished second overall in the 200-meter dash. She finished with a time of 24.42, and earned eight points for NM State. She also finished fourth in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.67.
Senior Zoe Meade finished seventh in the 400-meter dash with a time of 58.15, and earned the Aggies two points.
Sophomore Latrice Brooks finished fourth in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:15.47, earning NM State five points for her performance.
The team of Perkins, Brooks, junior Jenna Banegas and freshman Paige Patterson ran the 4x400-meter relay where they finished second. The team finished with a time of 2:46.28, which rewarded the Aggies with eight points.
Senior Deserae Cota wrapped up a successful individual WAC Championships with a fourth-place finish in the long jump with a distance of 5.53m (18-01.75). This came two days after winning the individual championship in the pentathlon.
Freshman Akuadasou Ezenyilimba took part in the 20-pound weight throw where she earned an eighth-place finish with a throw of 15.03m (49-3.75).
With the WAC Championships behind them the Aggies now prepare for the 2014 outdoor season. However, any Aggies that qualify for the 2014 NCAA Indoor Championships will travel to Albuquerque, N.M., to compete on March 14-15. NM State’s outdoor season begins in El Paso, Texas, where the Aggies will compete in the UTEP Springtime Invitational, March 22.