Las Cruces, NM — The New Mexico State track and field team finished competition on the third day of the 2014 Western Athletic Conference Championships in Orem, Utah on Friday, May 16.
This was the third full day of competition but it was only the second day that the Aggies had athletes competing. The Aggies currently sit in sixth in the team rankings with 16 points. Idaho leads in the team rankings with 74 points.
“We performed about as well as we expected to today,” head coach Orin Richburg said. “The people we expected to qualify for the finals did just that. Akuadasou (Ezenyilimba) took second in the discus and Alexandra (Winebark) finished eighth so that was real good for us. We have the javelin and the relays tomorrow as well as the finals that we qualified for. We have our work cut out for us tomorrow but we’ll go out there and put our best foot forward and we’ll be ready to go.”
The Aggies’ sole competitor on Thursday, May 15, was junior Megan McNally, who competed in the 10000-meter run where she finished seventh overall with a time of 39:29.58. She earned NM State its first two points of the WAC Championships.
Freshman Akuadasou Ezenyilimba finished second in the discus with a throw of 44.77m (146’10”), a throw that earned the Aggies eight points. Fellow freshman Alexandra Winebark finished eighth with a throw of 41.24m (135’3”), earning one point for NM State.
Ezenyilimba earned the Aggies another point in the hammer throw where she finished eighth with a throw of 47.74m (156’7”).
The Aggies earned more points in the 3000-meter steeplechase where senior Gael Sanchez represented NM State and finished fifth with a time of 11:47.82. Sanchez earned four points for the Aggies.
In the 100-meter dash, the Aggies were represented by senior Alishia Perkins and junior Jenna Banegas, who both qualified for Saturday’s finals. Perkins finished with the third-fastest time in the preliminary round at 11.88. Banegas finished with the fourth-fastest time at 11.98.
Both Perkins and Banegas also qualified for the finals in the 200-meter dash along with senior Brianna Cromartie and freshman Paige Patterson. Perkins finished with a time 23.99, which was the third-best time in the preliminary round. Cromartie finished with a time of 24.25, Patterson finished at 24.61 and Banegas finished at 24.64, which placed them in fifth, seventh and eighth respectively.
Cromartie and Patterson also qualified for the finals in the 400-meter dash. Cromartie finished with a time of 56.08, which was the second-fastest time. Patterson finished just behind Cromartie with a time of 56.18, which was the third-best time in the preliminary round.
In the 800-meter run sophomore Latrice Brooks qualified for the finals when she finished with a time of 2:14.89, which was the third-best on Friday.
Freshman Savannah Coleman will represent the Aggies in the finals for the 100-meter hurdles on Saturday after qualifying with a time of 14.90 on Friday. This was the seventh-best time in the round.
Along with all the finals in these events, the teams will also compete in the javelin, pole vault, shot put, 4x100-and-400-meter relays, 1500-meter run and 5000-meter run on the final day of the WAC Championships on Saturday.