LAS CRUCES, N.M.—The New Mexico State University track and field team will conclude the 2013 track and field season with the Western Athletic Conference Outdoor Championships in Arlington, Texas, scheduled for May 8-11.
“The conference championships are what you try and get set up for,” said head track and field coach Orin Richburg. “We need everyone to perform at the level they are capable of performing at.”
The Aggies finished third overall in the conference in the WAC Indoor Championships back in February. The WAC Indoor Championships for the Aggies were highlighted by junior Brianna Cromartie being named WAC Track Athlete of the Year, and Cromartie and junior Alishia Perkins being named co-High Point Champion.
Last season, the Aggies finished sixth overall in the WAC Outdoor Championships with three individual titles. The Aggies won titles in the 400m, javelin, and the heptathlon.
The Aggies have continued to set school records year after year. This year, the Aggies set or improved upon 30 records over the course of the regular season. Of those 30 records, three of those records are new all-time school records. Senior LaSasha Aldredge set a new school record in the 400m when she ran a time of 52.59 at the Bobcat Classic on April 26. Sophomore Diana Hawk set a new school record in the 1,500m when she ran a time of 4:28.06 at the Don Kirby Tailwind Invitational on April 6. There was also an all-time school record set by the Aggies in the 4x400m relay when the Aggies ran a time of 3:41.55 at the Michael Johnson/Dr. Pepper Classic (April 20). Aldredge, Perkins, Cromartie and junior Zoe Meade were a part of the record-setting squad.
“Everyone has evolved quite well throughout the season,” said assistant track and field coach Christopher Huff. “Everyone must perform at their best ability across the board and everyone needs to try and win as many points as possible.”
Aldredge was named WAC Athlete of the Week on two different occasions this outdoor season. Aldredge was first named WAC Athlete of the Week on April 10 when she set new top overall conference marks in the 200m and the 400m over the weekend. She finished first overall in the 400m with a time of 52.59 and second overall in the 200m with a time of 23.57. Aldredge’s time in the 400m is a new school record and her time in the 200m gave her the second overall school record and ranked sixth in the NCAA at the time. In the 4x100m, Aldredge helped the Aggies place first overall with a time of 45.34, which ranks first in the conference and third all-time in the NM State record books. In the 4x400m, Aldredge also helped the Aggies finish first overall in that event with a time of 3:45.51 to place eighth all-time for NM State.
Aldredge was also named WAC Athlete of the Week on May 1. On this weekend, Aldredge finished fourth overall in the 400m with a time of 52.61. Her time ranks tenth in the nation in the 400m. In the 200m Aldredge finished 11th overall with a time of 24.30. In the 4x100m relay, Aldredge helped the Aggies finish third overall with a time of 45.53, which now ranks third all-time for NM State. In the 4x400m relay, Aldredge and her teammates finished fourth overall with a time of 3:43.03, which places the squad second all-time for NM State.
The WAC Outdoor Championships will begin Wednesday, May 8, at 10 a.m., with the women’s heptathlon and will conclude on Thursday, May 9. On Friday, May 10, field events will begin at 11 a.m., and track events will begin at 5 p.m. Finals in all track and field events will take place on Saturday, May 11, starting with field events at 11 a.m. and track events at 5 p.m.