Aggies ready for UTEP Invitational to begin Saturday
POSTED: Friday, April 12, 2013 - 12:48pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 12, 2013 - 12:48pm
The New Mexico State University track and field team will compete in the UTEP Invitational on Saturday, April 13, in El Paso, Texas.
This will be the last track and field meet of the outdoor track and field season that will be close to the Las Cruces region. The Aggies previously competed at UTEP back on March 23 in the UTEP Springtime Invitational, and competed in Albuquerque, N.M., for the Don Kirby Tailwind Invitational last weekend.
NM State will be entering the event after senior LaSasha Aldredge was named WAC Track Athlete of the Week for her efforts from the Don Kirby Tailwind Invitational. It was the first time in the 2013 outdoor season an Aggie was named WAC Athlete of the Week.
Over the past weekend at the Don Kirby Tailwind Invitational, the Aggies set two all-time school records, set two top conference times, and set more top-10 school records in various events.
NM State took the team titles in both the 4x100m relay and the 4x400m relay. In the 4x100m relay, NM State placed first with a time of 45.34, which ranks first in the conference and ranks third all-time for NM State. Juniors Alishia Perkins and Brianna Cromartie, senior LaSasha Aldredge and freshman Cherish Morrison competed for the Aggies in the 4x100m. The same Aggie team that claimed first in the 4x100m relay also claimed first in the 4x400m relay with a time of 3:45.51, placing eighth all-time for NM State.
In the 400m, Aldredge won first place with a time of 52.59, setting a new all-time school record, which also sits at first in the conference and sixth in all of the NCAA. Aldredge also placed second overall in the 200m with a time of 23.57, moving her up to second all-time and ranking first in the conference for this event as well.
Also in the 400m, junior Brianna Cromartie finished second overall with a time of 53.63, tying her season-best time. Freshman Kelsi Gonzales finished fourth overall with a time of 57.89, good for 17th in the conference. Freshman Leah Englehart also competed in the event.
To add to the 200m, Cromartie finished fourth overall with a time of 23.74 and Perkins finished fifth with a time of 23.75. Cromartie moves up to second all-time for NM State with her finish in the event. Sophomore Kendra Walker, Morrison, Gonzales, and senior Horlexus Willis also competed in the event.
In the 1,500m, sophomore Diana Hawk finished third overall with a time of 4:28.06, ranking second in the conference and setting a new all-time school record. Seniors Courtney and Camille Schultz also competed in the event, finishing seventh and 10th overall respectively with times of 4:35.84 and 4:40.74. Courtney improves upon her career-best time to keep her at third all-time for NM State. Freshman Mayra Chavez and sophomore Victoria Trujillo also competed in the event.
In the 100m hurdles, senior Deserae Cota and freshman Alysha Bolduc finished sixth and seventh respectively with times of 15.13 and 15.41. Cota’s time earned a spot in the NM State record books, tying for 10th all-time in the event.
In the 100m, Perkins finished third overall with a time of 11.74, moving her up to second all-time for NM State and second in the conference as well. Morrison and Walker also competed in the event.
In the 800m, three Aggies finished in the top 10. Freshman Latrice Brooks finished third overall with a time of 2:17.16 and junior Kayla Nagunst finished fourth with a time of 2:18.07. Hawk finished seventh overall with a time of 2:18.50.
In the 3,000m steeplechase, junior Gael Sanchez finished third overall with a time of 11:34.18, ranking fifth in the conference. Sophomore Caroline Lewiecki finished fifth overall with a time of 11:35.17. Junior Christiana Barela and senior Adrienne Larson also competed in the event.
In the javelin, senior Kelsey Brennan threw a mark of 140’07” (42.84m) to claim second overall in the event. Sophomores Tiffany Gerber and Nicolette Serrao also competed in the event. Gerber’s mark of 132’05” (40.37m) moves her up to eighth all-time for NM State. Brennan also competed in the shot put where she finished second overall with a throw of 43-04.25 (13.21m). In the triple jump, Willis finished fifth overall with a distance of 37-04 (11.38m).