Tucson, Ariz. - The New Mexico State women's track and field squad performed exceptionally well at the Willie Williams Classic in Tucson, Ariz., including breaking the record in the 400m hurdles.
Jndia Cleveland broke the NM State outdoor all-time record and placed first in the 400m hurdles by running a 60.60, beating the previous record time set by Marla Spencer in 1998 after she ran a 61.27. Cleveland also placed first in the 100m hurdles with a time of 14.29 and third in the long jump with a leap of 5.59m or 18-04.25. Cleveland was also a member of the 4x100m relay team of Leah Benton, Alishia Perkins, and Zoe Meade that finished second with a time of 46.74 and the 4x400m relay team of Benton, Meade, and LaSasha Aldredge that finished fourth with a time of 3:48.54.
"Jndia ran real well for us this weekend in all her events," head coach Orin Richburg said.
Another Aggie having a solid weekend was Benton who finished first in the 200m with a time of 24.41 and third in the 100m with a time of 12.13. Benton was also a member of the 4x100m and 4x400m relay teams that finished second and fourth respectively.
The Aggies also dominated in the 5,000m and 800m races. In the 5,000m Courtney Schultz finished first with a time of 16.56.18, Camille Schultz finished second with a time of 16.58.45 and Madelyn Stoltze finished fourth with a time of 18.28.15. In the 800m Samantha Thompson finished second with a time of 2:13.57, Melanie Clay finished third with a time of 2:15.54 and Chelsa McDonnell finished fifth with a time of 2:19.67.
Other Aggies having a solid weekend were Perkins and Aldredge. Perkins finished second in the 200m with a time of 24.58 and fourth in the 100m with a time of 12.14 to go along with being a member of the second place 4x100m relay team. Aldredge placed fifth in the 400m with a time of 55.91 while also being a member of the 4x400m relay team that finished fourth.
Some more top six finishes for the Aggies were McDonnell who finished fifth in the 1500m with a time of 4:44.35, Jenna Padilla who finished fourth in the 3,000m steeplechase in a time of 11:55.11, Horlexus Willis who finished second in the triple jump with a leap of 11.04m or 36-02.75 and Deserae Cota who place sixth in the long jump with a leap of 5.38m or 17-08.00.
"Overall it was a good weekend for us," Richburg said. "We just need to continue to build."
The Aggies resume the outdoor track season next weekend on Sat. March, 26 at the UTEP Springtime Invite in EL Paso, TX. The meet begins at 10 a.m. (MT).