TUCSON, ARIZ.-The New Mexico State University track and field team opened up the outdoor season with the Willie Williams Classic, setting eight new school records and posting a total of 27 top-10 finishes on the weekend.
Junior LaSasha Aldredge finished the day with great results in the 200m and the 400m. Aldredge finished eighth overall in the 200m with a time of 24.32 and finished second overall in the 400m with a time of 54.68. Aldredge's time in the 200m is a new career-best and now places as seventh all-time for NM State.
Senior Jndia Cleveland also had a good meet to open up the outdoor season, finishing third overall in the 100m hurdles with a time of 14.04 and finishing third overall in the 400m hurdles with a time of 1:04.32. In the long jump, Cleveland finished third overall with a mark of 5.63m.
The NM State distance squad notched great finishes for the Aggies in the season-opener. In the 800m, senior Melanie Clay finished seventh overall with a time of 2:15.17. In the 5,000m, senior Madelyn Stoltze set the eighth-highest record when she finished third overall with a time of 17:44.54 and freshman Tamara Lementino finished eighth overall with a time of 18:26.40.
Three Aggies finished in the top five overall in the 3,000m steeplechase. Sophomore Jenna Padilla finished third with a time of 11:47.72, freshman Caroline Lewiecki finished fourth with a time of 11:48.80 and sophomore Gael Sanchez finished fifth with a time of 11:59.42.
NM State finished in the top-5 for two different relay events. In the 4x100m relay, Cleveland, Aldredge, sophomore Alishia Perkins and freshman Jenna Banegas finished fourth overall with a time of 46.39. In the 4x400m relay, Cleveland, Aldredge, Clay and sophomore Zoe Meade finished third overall with a time of 3:50.61.
Three different Aggies finished in the top-10 in each the triple jump and the javelin throw as well.
The Aggies will compete next week at the UTEP Springtime Invitational in El Paso, Texas, on Saturday, March 24.