LAS CRUCES, N.M. – The New Mexico State outdoor track and field team prepares to head into the final meet of the season traveling to Orem, Utah to compete in the Western Athletic Conference Championship meet, May 13-16.
“We hope everything that we did this season can carry over to the conference meet,” head coach Orin Richburg said. “This is what we are judged on for the year. We hope everything turns out for the best and we can put our best foot forward.”
The Aggies are sitting high on the WAC leader boards with 13 NM State athletes in the top three against WAC opponents.
Sophomore Katara Nelson leads the WAC in the 200-meter, 400-meter, which she reached after her performance at the Bobcat Classic on April 25. Nelson also helped the 4x1 relay team to a second place rank against opponents.
Other top three track athletes are: Dominique Jackson (3 – 400-meter), Diana Hawk (3 – 1500-meter, 2 – 5000-meter), 4x100 relay team (2) and 4x400 relay team (3).
Freshman Kayli Farmer compares well in the WAC for field events as she sits second in the javelin after the Tailwind Open on April 3 where she marked 43.43m (142-6) to stand as a career-high. Farmer also placed third in the high jump with a mark of 1.61m (5-3 1/4).
Other top 3 field athletes are: Jessica Schmitt (3 – Shot Put), Akuadasou Ezenyilimba (1 – Discus) and Alexandra Winebark (3 – Discus).
The WAC meet began on Wednesday with the heptathlon and decathlon kicking off the week’s events. The first day of Aggie competition begins on Thursday with field events scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. followed by track events at 1 p.m.
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