LAS CRUCES, N.M.—The New Mexico State track and field team continues its 2014 indoor season when it travels to Albuquerque, N.M., for the New Mexico Collegiate Classic on Friday, Feb. 7.
The Aggies are coming off their best competition of the season at the Masked Rider (Feb. 1), where seniors Diana Hawk and Sarabel Bojoroquez took first-place finishes in their respective races.
The Aggies are leaning heavily on a freshman recruiting class that has made an immediate impact on the season.
Freshmen Katara Nelson and Paige Patterson have worked their way way into the top 10 in the 55-and-400-meter dash as well as the 4x400-meter relay. They are joined by freshman Savannah Coleman who has broken into the top 10 in both the 55-and-50-meter hurdles.
NM State’s upperclassmen has been led by senior Alishia Perkins, who has focused on competing in the 55-and-200-meter dash as well as the 4x400-meter relay. Perkins currently holds the Aggie record in the 200-meter dash (23.68) and is ranked second in the 55-meter dash (7.13). At the Masked Rider Perkins fell just short of passing her record in the 55-meter dash when she finished with a time of 7.15.
Senior Brianna Cromartie also made an immediate impact in her first race of the 2014 season when she finished first for the Aggies and sixth overall in the 400-meter dash with a time of 56.83. Cromartie currently holds the record for the Aggies with a time of 53.11.
After the New Mexico Collegiate Classic, the Aggies will make a return trip to Albuquerque for the Don Kirby Invitational on Feb. 14-15.