The New Mexico State University track and field team will be competing in two different events this weekend as the team prepares for the Western Athletic Conference Outdoor Championships.
A small squad of the distance runners will travel to Berkeley, Calif., for the Brutus Hamilton Invitational for April 26-27. A larger squad of mixed events will travel to San Marcos, Texas, for the Bobcat Classic, which will also take place April 26-27.
After this weekend, the NM State track and field team will have only one more regular season meet before the WAC Outdoor Championships, which will take place May 8 in Arlington, Texas.
NM State is coming off a weekend where two different Aggies claimed individual titles. Junior Gael Sanchez won first overall in the 3,000m steeplechase when she ran a time of 11:22.05, placing her seventh all-time for NM State. Senior LaSasha Aldredge placed first overall in the 400m with a time of 53.15.
There were other notable finishes for the Aggies over the past weekend. In the 100m, junior Alishia Perkins finished 11th overall with a time of 12.07. Freshman Cherish Morrison also competed in the event, finishing eighth overall in her heat with a time of 12.34.
In the 200m, Morrison and sophomore Kendra Walker finished sixth and seventh overall respectively. Morrison ran a time of 24.94 and Walker ran a time of 25.20. Junior Zoe Meade also competed in the 200m, finishing 11th overall with a time of 25.41.
In the 400m, junior Brianna Cromartie finished second overall in her heat. Cromartie finished with a time of 53.28. Cromartie’s time was an improvement on her career-best time and improved upon her school record at second overall.
Two Aggies finished in the top five in the 800m as well. Freshman Latrice Brooks finished first overall in her heat with a time of 2:15.73 and junior Kayla Nagunst finished fourth overall in the same heat with a time of 2:17.24.
In the 1,500m, sophomore Diana Hawk finished second overall with a time of 4:33.73. Junior Carly Porter finished sixth in the same heat with a time of 4:48.97.
In the 5,000m, junior Sarabel Bojorquez finished second overall with a time of 17:44.43, earning a spot in the NM State record books with the ninth-best time.
In the 100m hurdles, freshman Alysha Bolduc finished 11th overall with a time of 15.36. Bolduc also competed in the 400m hurdles where she finished sixth overall with a time of 1:06.01.
In the steeplechase, junior Christiana Barela finished second overall with a time of 11:38.73. Barela moved up to ninth all-time. Sophomore Caroline Lewiecki finished fourth overall with a time of 12:10.43.
In the 4x100m, Perkins, Aldredge, Cromartie and Walker finished fourth overall with a time of 45.57, to place third all-time for NM State.
For field events, Meade competed in the long jump where she marked a distance of 18-07.00 (5.66m) to finish 10th overall. Senior Horlexus Willis competed in the triple jump where she marked a distance of 37-06.75 (11.45m) for 10th overall. Senior Kelsey Brennan competed in the javelin where she finished eighth overall with a throw of 139-10 (42.63m). She also competed in the shot put.