El Paso, TX — The New Mexico State and UTEP track and field teams continue their 2014 outdoor season when they travel to Lubbock, Texas to compete at the Texas Tech Open on Saturday, April 5.
The Miners will be challenging the nationally ranked No. 14 Red Raiders and No. 16 Lady Raiders this weekend. The men’s squad heads into the third week of the outdoor season ranked 29th nationally.
Leading the men this weekend is El Paso native Daniel Tarango. Last year, the sophomore dominated the competition in the 800m run as he clocked in a time of 1:51.58.The distance runner not only secured a first place finish but also the top spot in Conference USA garnering him his first career C-USA Athlete of the Week honors. Tarango will look to repeat his success in the event as he takes to the track on Saturday.
The men’s 100m will include five Miners: Carlos Cavazos, Reginald Hinson, Mark Jackson, Brandon Jones and Zachary Newman. Leading the Orange and Blue in the event is senior captain Mark Jackson. The All-American placed third in the 100m dash at the 2013 C-USA Outdoor Championships with a season-best of 10.44. This is the first time he will compete in the event this season.
The Aggies are coming off another trip to San Marcos, Texas where they competed in the Bobcat Invitational (March 29). This week will mark the third straight week that the Aggies have traveled to Texas for a meet.
Junior Diana Hawk was the highlight of the last meet for the Aggies as she took home a first-place finish in the 1500-meter run with a time of 4:34.67, which is the fastest time in the Western Athletic Conference this season.
Junior Tiffany Gerber was also a top finisher in the javelin throw, where she finished third with a throw of 41.86m (137’4”).
Senior Alishia Perkins helped the 4x100-meter relay earn a second-place finish with a time of 46.05. She also took fifth place in the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.38.
Also a member of the relay team, junior Jenna Banegas competed in the 200-meter dash where she finished eighth with a time of 24.52.
After the Texas Tech Open, the Aggies will make another trip to El Paso, Texas to compete at the UTEP Invitational on April 12.