Aggies begin season with strong outing in Lubbock
The New Mexico State University track and field team concluded the season opener Texas Tech Open with strong performances and high finishes by many Aggie athletes.
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 record books.
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 the meet.
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.