ARLINGTON, Texas — The New Mexico State track and field team concluded day one of the 2013 Western Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships with a strong performance in the heptathlon.
The heptathlon was the opening event for the WAC Championships and consisted of four events on Wednesday. Senior Deserae Cota and junior Zoe Meade competed in the event for NM State.
The heptathlon began with the 100m hurdles where Meade finished with a time of 15.21, earning 814 points in a ninth place finish. In her attempt, Cota clipped a hurdle and was unable to finish and will need a strong showing tomorrow to climb in the rankings.
“She didn’t get any points there,” said head coach Orin Richburg regarding Cota’s hurdle event, “but she came back and did well in the high jump, the shot put and ran a decent 200m.”
In the high jump, both Meade and Cota finished in the top 10. Meade led the way with a third-place spot after earning 842 points. Cota finished with 666 points, which earned her an eighth-place finish.
In the shot put and both Aggies finished in the top 10. Meade earned 635 points with a throw of 38-01.25 (11.61m) and took fifth place finish, while Cota finished eighth with 524 points on a throw of 32-06.5 (9.92m).
The final event on the first day was the 200m. Meade finished with a time of 24.84, earning 902 points and a third-place finish, as Cota earned 786 points and finished with a time of 26.13.
Meade finished the first day in third place with 3,193 total points and is trailing leader Chari Hawkins of Utah State by 322 points. Cota ended the day with 1,972 points.
“She’s sitting in third right now, so she’s got her work cut out for her tomorrow in terms of doing the best possible job in each of the events she has tomorrow,” coach Richburg said.
The heptathlon will conclude on Thursday, May 9th, with the long jump, javelin and the 800m.