EL PASO, Texas—The New Mexico State track and field team wrapped its first competition of the outdoor season at the UTEP Springtime in El Paso, Texas, on Saturday, March 22.
The day was highlighted by the performance of junior Jenna Banegas, who competed in the 100 and 200-meter dash as well as the 4x100-meter relay. In the 100-meter dash, Banegas finished fourth with a time of 11.76, which was a personal best for her. She also set her personal best in the 200-meter dash where she finished eighth with a time of 24.39.
Banegas was joined by senior Alishia Perkins, junior Kendra Walker and freshman Paige Patterson for the relay where they finished second with a time of 46.23.
“Jenna (Banegas) did a real good job today,” said head coach Orin Richburg. “She had two personal bests and really just ran well. It was good to start putting together the relay teams as well.”
In the 100-meter dash, Perkins finished seventh with a time of 11.89. She led the Aggies and finished sixth overall in the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.24. Perkins also competed in the 4x400-meter relay with Patterson, senior Brianna Cromartie and freshman Shaniece Prevot, where the team finished with a time of 3:52.84, which was good for fourth.
Cromartie, who missed the majority of the indoor season due to an injury, finished fifth in the 400-meter dash with a time of 55.88. Patterson finished right behind her in sixth with a time of 56.77.
Junior Diana Hawk also had a strong showing as she finished first in the 1500-meter run with a time of 4:40.84. Junior Megan McNally finished fourth with a time of 5:00.10 and senior Sarabel Bojorquez finished fifth with a time of 5:02.56.
Senior Natalie Gomez continued the strong performances in the distance events as she finished first in the 5000-meter run with a time of 21:05.37.
Freshman Savannah Coleman led the Aggies and finished fifth overall in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:06.18. Sophomore Nicole Mortensen also competed in the 400-meter hurdles.
Junior Nicolette Serrao had a strong showing in the javelin throw where she finished second with a distance of 40.51m (132-11). She was followed by junior Tiffany Gerber, who finished fifth with a distance of 39.69m (130-02).
In the pole vault, junior Taylor Black finished third with a height of 3.61m (11-10.0). She was joined by sophomore Marissa Gonzales, who finished with a height of 3.31m (10-10.25), which was good for fifth.
“Overall we had a good opening meet,” Richburg said. “It was good to get Brianna (Cromartie) back out there. Hawk and Perkins did well for us today as well. The freshmen did a good job and we had a couple of breakthroughs from our team, so that was good to see. We have a couple of areas where we can improve but we did good today.”
The Aggies will be back in action on March 27, when they compete at the Bobcat Invitational at San Marcos, Texas.