NMSU track and field finds success at Masked Raider Invitational
Las Cruces, NM — The New Mexico State track and field team wrapped up its two-day competition in Lubbock, Texas where they competed in the Masked Rider Invitational on Jan. 31-Feb. 1.
The Aggies were coming off back-to-back events in Albuquerque, N.M., and this marked the first competition outside of New Mexico for the 2014 indoor season.
Friday’s competition was headlined by senior Sarabel Bojorquez finishing first in the 5000-meter run. She finished with a time of 18:47.47, which is a personal record for her. Junior Megan McNally also ran in the race and finished third with a time of 19:08.63.
Senior Alishia Perkins competed in the 55-meter dash, where she qualified for the finals and finished sixth overall with a time of 7.15.
Freshman Katara Nelson also competed in the 55-meter dash and made it to the semi-finals round where she finished 12th with a time of 7.27, which ties her for eighth all-time for the Aggies.
In the 55-meter hurdles, freshman Savannah Coleman made it to the semi-finals round, where she finished 11th with a time of 8.65, which moves her into fifth all-time for NM State.
On Saturday, Feb. 1, Perkins competed in the 200-meter dash, where she finished fifth with a time of 24.90. She was followed by freshman Paige Patterson, who finished 10th with a time of 25.38.
Junior Diana Hawk finished first overall with a time of 9:56.52 in the 3000-meter run. Senior Gael Sanchez also competed in the race and finished 12th with a time of 10:58.16. They were joined by junior Katie Strong, who finished with a time of 11:10.11, this was the first time Strong has competed in this race for the Aggies.
In the 400-meter dash, senior Brianna Cromartie finished first for the Aggies and sixth overall with a time of 56.83. Patterson also competed in the 400-meter dash and finished ninth with a time of 57.67.
The Aggies put forth the team of Patterson, Cromartie, Perkins and sophomore Latrice Brooks for the 4x400-meter relay, where they finished sixth with a time of 3:49.58.
Senior Zoe Meade competed in several events throughout the weekend, including the 400-meter dash, the high jump, the 55-meter hurdles and the long jump. Her best finish was in the long jump, where she finished seventh with a distance of 5.39m (17-08.25).
Sophomore Jade Davis took part in the triple jump event, where she placed ninth with a distance of 9.92m (32-6.5).
In the 20-pound weight throw competition, freshman Akuadasou Ezenyilimba placed ninth with a throw of 14.35m (47-1).
“Overall, we’re coming along and getting a little better every time,” head coach Orin Richburg said. “Our freshmen are really starting to step up and everything is coming along and getting to where we want to be. We’ll travel to UNM next week and see what we can do up there, but we’re moving forward in terms of what we are trying to do.”
The Aggies will be back in action on Feb. 7, when they travel to Albuquerque, N.M., for the New Mexico Collegiate Classic.