Track and Field Battles Through Texas Tech Open
Courtesy: New Mexico State University  
Release:  04/05/2014

LUBBOCK, Texas—The New Mexico State track and field team wrapped up competition at the Texas Tech Open in Lubbock, Texas on Saturday, April 5.

The team had to battle the weather as much as the other athletes as the meet was hit with some cold temperatures.

“I felt we did a decent job, especially battling through how cold it was here,” head coach Orin Richburg said. “We had a couple of people do well including Diana (Hawk) and Gael (Sanchez) but we did decide to scratch our 4x400 relay team because we didn’t want to risk any injuries in this temperature. Overall I think we did a decent job and now we have to prepare for UTEP.”

For the third week in a row junior Diana Hawk took the individual victory in the 1500-meter run when she finished first with a time of 4:39.62 at the Texas Tech Open. Fellow junior Victoria Trujillo also competed in the race and finished 11th with a time of 5:16.88.

Senior Alishia Perkins competed in both the 100-and-200-meter dash. She led the Aggies in both races and finished 13th overall in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.75. In the 200-meter dash Perkins finished eighth with a time of 24.17.

Junior Jenna Banegas joined Perkins in the 200-meter dash where she finished with a time of 24.48, which placed her in 10th.

In the 400-meter dash, the Aggies were led by senior Brianna Cromartie who finished seventh overall with a time of 55.89. She was joined by freshman Paige Patterson who finished 11th with a time of 56.80.

Sophomore Latrice Brooks led NM State in the 800-meter run, where she finished fifth with a time of 2:17.43. She was followed by sophomore Ashley Hall and freshman Shaniece Prevot who finished 10th and 13th respectively. Hall finished with a time of 2:21.05 and Prevot finished at 2:23.42.

The Aggies had three runners in the top 10 in the 5000-meter run, led by junior Megan McNally who finished third with a time of 18:43.46. She was followed by senior Sarabel Bojorquez who finished with a time of 18:57.51 which placed her fourth. Senior Carly Porter finished seventh with a time of 19:28.87.

Freshman Savannah Coleman represented NM State in the 400-meter hurdles where she finished ninth with a time of 1:05.39.

Seniors Gael Sanchez and Christiana Barela finished first and second in the 3000-meter steeplechase. Sanchez finished with a time of 12:00.57 and Barela finished at 12:17.83.

In the pole vault, junior Taylor Black led the Aggies when she tied for second with a height of 3.41m (11’2.25”). Sophomore Marissa Gonzales also competed in the pole vault where she finished sixth with a vault of 3.26m (10’8.25”).

In the javelin throw junior Nicolette Serrao finished fourth with a throw of 38.63m (126’9”).

Freshman Akuadasou Ezenyilimba competed in the shot put, the discus and the hammer throw for the Aggies at the Texas Tech Open. Her best finish was in the shot put where she placed sixth with a throw of 12.02m (39’5.25”).

Junior Alexandra Ecsedy also competed in the hammer throw where she led the Aggies and finished ninth with a throw of 41.64m (136’7”).

The NM State track and field team continues its outdoor season when it travels to El Paso, Texas to compete at the UTEP Invitational on April 12.

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