MOSCOW, Idaho—The New Mexico State track and field team wrapped up the first day of competition at the 2014 Western Athletic Conference Championships in Moscow, Idaho on Wednesday Feb. 26, with senior Deserae Cota winning the pentathlon.
The pentathlon was the only event held on the day and saw athletes compete in the 60-meter hurdles, the high jump, the shot put, the long jump and the 800-meter run.
“Deserae (Cota) was able to finish as the individual champion in the multi-event and earn us 10 points,” head coach Orin Richburg said. “Zoe (Meade) had a foot injury coming in and fell during the hurdles and wasn’t able to continue. But it was good that Deserae was able to wrap up the events and be the individual champion. Now we’re focused on getting our athletes to qualify tomorrow to compete on Friday.”
Along with Cota, senior Zoe Meade also entered the competition for the Aggies. Meade won the event in last year’s WAC Championships.
Cota was able to show off her field skills when she took first overall in the shot put with a distance of 10.65m (34 feet 11.25 inches). She also finished second in the long jump event with a distance of 5.22m (17 feet 1.5 inches).
Cota earned a total of 3,365 points in the pentathlon, defeating Ali Shields of Utah Valley by a total of 131 points.
With her first-place finish, Cota also earned NM State 10 points for the overall championships.
Meade was not able to finish the pentathlon due to a foot injury that was aggravated when she fell during the 60-meter hurdles. It was the only event that Meade competed in on the day.
The Aggies are back in action Thursday, Feb. 27, in several different qualifying events for the finals round that will take place on Friday. Fans can follow along with live results at www.WACSports.com.