Mesa, Ariz. - The New Mexico State University track and field squad started their weekend at Arizona in winning fashion on Friday evening after competing in the Mesa Community College Classic in Mesa, Ariz.
NM State won two races and performed well in several others including the 200m, 400m, 800m, and 1500m to name a few.
Aggie senior Leah Benton and sophomore LaSasha Aldredge began the weekend by placing first and second in the women's 200m with times of 24.49 and 24.84 respectively. Freshman Alishia Perkins also placed in the top five in the 200m by placing fourth in a time of 24.99.
Aldredge continued her stellar day by placing first in the women's 400m with a time of 55.08. Aldredge was also a member of the 4x100m relay team that included Benton, Perkins, and Horlexus Willis that placed third with a time of 47.43.
The Aggies continued their dominance on the day by placing five girls in the top-ten in the 800m. Sophomore Samantha Thompson finished second in the race with a time of 2:14.94 and was followed by Melanie Clay (4th-2:16.24), Christy Barela (7th-2:20.31), Carly Porter (9th-2:24.27), and Kayla Nagunst (10th-2:25.51).
In the women's 1500m NM State placed two girls in the top five including Madelyn Stoltze who placed third with a time of 5:01.96 and Gael Sanchez who finished fifth in a time of 5:12.03.
The Aggies also had solid showing by Alyssa Flores who finished fifth in the women's 400m hurdles with a time of 1:05.22 and Bellosie Frazier who placed fourth in the women's shot put with a throw of 12.74m or 41-09.75.
NM State continues their weekend today Sat. Apr. 10 at the Arizona State Sun Angel Invite. There were reports of rain showers in the area which might delay the start of some events. Check back later or tomorrow at www.NMStateSports.com for a recap of the ASU Sun Angel Invite.