New Mexico State University track and field team concluded the season opener
Texas Tech Open with strong performances and high finishes by many Aggie
By the conclusion of the meet, seven new school records were
made or improved upon. The Aggies also
claimed three individual titles for the meet.
"We are pretty pleased with the performances today," said
head track and field coach Orin Richburg.
"Some of the kids we were depending on pulled through."
Junior Alishia Perkins finished first overall in the 200m
when she ran a time of 24.59. Perkins
also moved up on the NM State record list for the 55m when she ran a 7.13 to
place second all-time in the event.
Perkins finished third overall in the event. Sophomore Jenna Banegas finished sixth
overall with a time of 7.25, moving her up to sixth overall in the NM State
Freshman Brianna Cromartie made an immediate impact for the
Aggies in her first collegiate meet when she placed third overall in the 200m
with a time of 25.01, placing her eighth all-time for NM State. Banegas finished behind Cromartie for fifth
overall with a time of 25.20 to round out the top five. Overall, seven Aggies finished in the top 10
in the 200m.
Two Aggies finished in the top two overall spots in the 400m
finals. Aldredge finished first overall
with a time of 57.25 and Cromartie finished second overall with a time of
57.30. Cromartie's finish in the 400m
moves her up to third all-time for NM State.
Two Aggies finished in the top 5 overall in the 800m. Senior Samantha Thompson finished third
overall with a time of 2:22.31 and junior Kayla Nagunst finished fifth overall
with a time of 2:26.16.
Four of the top five overall finishes in the 1-mile run were
Aggies. Sophomore Diana Hawk finished
second overall with a time of 5:06.45, placing her fourth all-time for NM
State. Seniors Courtney and Camille
Schultz finished third and fourth overall respectively. Courtney finished third with a time of 5:08.69
and Camille finished fourth with a time of 5:17.58. Senior Madelyn Stoltze finished fifth overall
with a time of 5:17.71.
Sophomore Caroline Lewiecki finished first overall in the
3,000m with a time of 10:39.19 to give the Aggies another individual title for
Freshman Alysha Bolduc finished sixth overall in the 55m
hurdles with a time of 8.94, which places her eighth all time for NM
State. Fellow freshman Marissa Gonzales
finished fourth overall in the pole vault with a mark of 3.10m, placing her
fifth all-time in the NM State record books.
Two Aggies claimed top five spots in the long jump. Junior Zoe Meade finished third overall with
a mark of 5.34m and senior Deserae Cota finished fourth overall with a mark of
5.30m. Senior Horlexus Willis finished
second overall in the triple jump with a mark of 11.69m.
The Aggies will now head into the bulk of their regular
season schedule, which includes four straight meets in Albuquerque, N.M.
"The athletes are starting to identify some of their strengths
and weaknesses," said assistant track and field coach Christopher Huff. "They are beginning to build upon their strengths
and improve on their weaknesses."
The Aggies will return to New Mexico and will travel up
north to Albuquerque, N.M., for the Cherry and Silver Invitational Jan. 18-19.