LAS CRUCES, N.M.-The New Mexico State University track and field team will open up the outdoor season this weekend when the team travels to Tucson, Ariz., for the Willie Williams Classic, March 15-16.
The Aggies are coming off an indoor track and field season where the team finished third in the Western Athletic Conference for a second-straight year. The gap between the top three teams in the 2013 WAC Indoor Championships in terms of points was very small, with only 13 points separating NM State and first-place Texas State. NM State was only seven points off from second-place UTSA.
NM State enters the outdoor season after setting 46 school records in the indoor season. Of those records, eight were all-time school records. The Aggies set new school records in the 60m, 200, 400m, 1-mile, 5,000m, pole vault, pentathlon and the 4x400m relay.
The Aggies are also coming off an indoor season where individual awards highlighted the conclusion of the season. Junior Brianna Cromartie was named WAC Athlete of the Year due to her performance both at the WAC Indoor Championships and throughout the regular season. Cromartie, along with junior Alishia Perkins, were named co-High Point Champions when each Aggie posted 18.5 points apiece for NM State. Cromartie won the individual title in the 400m and helped NM State finish first in the 4x400m relay, and also placed third in the 200m. Perkins placed first in the 200m and third in the 60m, and also competed with the 4x400m relay team that finished first. Junior Zoe Meade finished first in the pentathlon and senior Courtney Schultz finished first in the 5,000m. Senior Camille Schultz finished second in the 5,000m.
"We are looking to move some of the girls around to score in more events," said head track and field coach Orin Richburg. "We want to spread these girls around a variety of events to put ourselves in a position to score more points."
Last year in the outdoor season, the Aggies set 22 school records. Last year, NM State finished sixth in the WAC Outdoor Championships, but the Aggies will rely on a core group of strong sprinters and distance runners to give a boost to the Aggies in 2013.