LAS CRUCES, N.M.-After a successful season full of broken records and strong finishes, the New Mexico State University track and field team is primed and ready for the start of the Western Athletic Conference Indoor Championships in Boise, Idaho, on Thursday, Feb. 23.
The Aggies are entering the WAC Championships after a prosperous regular season, which included 33 new school records over the course of the season. Of the 33 school records, five are new all-time school records.
Junior LaSasha Aldredge broke the school record for the 400m with a time of 54.86 at the Cherry and Silver Invitational on Jan. 20, which is over two seconds quicker than the previous time. Junior Courtney Schultz set a school record for the 1,000m with a time of 2:55.39 at the Texas Tech Invite on Jan. 13. Schultz also set a school record for the 5,000m at the Husky Classic on Feb. 10, with a time of 16:44.33, giving her two all-time school records in the same season. Senior Jndia Cleveland broke the school record for the 60m hurdles at the Air Force Invite on Feb. 10, with a time of 8.56. The Aggies also set a school record in the 4x400m relay at the New Mexico Collegiate Classic on Feb. 4, when Aldredge, Cleveland, sophomore Zoe Meade and senior Melanie Clay finished with a time of 3:48.75.
The NM State coaching staff expressed its confidence in all aspects of the team.
"At this point we just need to let things take care of themselves," said assistant track and field coach Scott Fister. "Our athletes have placed well in every event we have competed in so far."
"The distance squad looks really good," said assistant track and field coach Christopher Huff. "We are prepared to do really well this weekend."
Last season NM State finished fifth overall in the WAC Championships.
Competition is scheduled to start on Thursday, Feb. 23, in Boise, Idaho. Competition will be held at the Jacksons Indoor Track at the Idaho Center.