NM State Track and Field Breaks Three School Records
The New Mexico State University track and field team concluded its last regular season meet with a record-setting performance by breaking three all-time school records and setting seven more top-10 records.
Most of the team traveled to Colorado Spring, Colo., for the Air Force Invite where six records were set by five different Aggies. A trio of Aggie distance runners traveled to Seattle, Wash., for the Husky invite where all three Aggies set school records.
"It was a good showing for us going into the Western Athletic Conference Championship," head track and field coach Orin Richburg said. "We made vast improvements and that is what we need to be doing going into every week."
Sophomore LaSasha Aldredge set a new school record for the 400m at the Air Force Invite, shattering the record previously held by her own self. Aldredge placed first overall in the event with a time of 54.86, which broke the previous record by over one second.
Senior Jndia Cleveland broke the school record for the 60m hurdles when she placed third overall with a time of 8.56 at the Air Force Invite. Cleveland's new career-best time in the event surpassed her former time of 8.68, which was a share of the previous top overall time.
Junior Courtney Schultz produced her own record-shattering performance in the 5,000m at the Husky Classic when she placed fourth in her group with a time of 16:44.33. Courtney's time in the event is a new school record, shattering the previous record, also held by Schultz, by over 20 seconds.
Freshman Jenna Banegas had one of the best individual meets in school history for a freshman at the Air Force Invite. Banegas finished fifth overall in the 60m with a time of 7.71, which placed her fourth all-time in NM State history. Banegas also finished eighth overall in the 200m with a time of 25.09, placing her sixth in the record books.
Senior Bellosie Frazier placed third overall in the weigh throw at the Air Force Invite with a distance of 17.27m. Frazier's mark in the event is not only a new personal best, but it moved her up to fourth all-time for NM State.
Two Aggies set new records in the long jump as well. Cleveland placed second overall in the event at the Air Force Invite with a mark of 5.97, which is both a personal-best and a new record of second-all time for NM State. Sophomore Deserae Cota placed 11th overall in the event with a distance of 5.50m, which is also a new personal-best and a record of seventh all-time for NM State.
At the Husky Invite, junior Camille Schultz and senior Madelyn Stoltze also set new records for the 5,000m. Camille placed 10th in her group with a time of 17:03.44, which is both a new personal-best and a new record for second overall in the record books. Stoltze placed sixth overall in her group with a time of 17:34.20, which is also a new personal-best and moved her up to third all-time for NM State.
Two Aggies placed first overall during the weekend. Senior Melanie Clay placed first in the 800m with a time of 2:18.15, beating out second place by over two seconds. Clay's performance, along with Aldredge's first-place finish in the 400m, gave NM State two first-place finishes for the weekend.
"Some of our other distance athletes did a good job with the altitude in Colorado Springs this weekend," Richburg said.
After the conclusion of the weekend, there were 10 top-5 finishes and 17 top-10 finishes by Aggie athletes.
"We hope the kids are in a good state of mind going into the conference meet," Richburg said. "All we can do is hope we can duplicate some of the things we have been able to do."
NM State now has two weeks to make final preparations for the WAC Championships, scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 23 in Boise, Idaho.