LAS CRUCES, N.M. – The New Mexico State women’s outdoor track and field team finished fourth against the competition in the Western Athletic Conference championship meet in Orem, Utah over the weekend.
NM State finished with 117.50 points behind first-place team, Missouri-Kansas City with 199 points, Grand Canyon with 156.60 points, Utah Valley with 128.50 points and finishing above Texas- Pan American with 87.50 points, Seattle U in sixth with 79 points, Bakersfield finished with 24 points while Chicago State compiled 21 points.
“We did a pretty good job overall. Most of the kids stepped up in their events and did a good job for us. Unfortunately, in some areas the numbers caught up to us and didn’t allow us to do what we usually do,” head coach Orin Richburg said. “Overall, we need to continue to grow in recruiting and overall as a program. We are going to use the individual finishes and the team finish as a positive to allow us to step up next season to continue to get better. “
The Aggies picked up four-first place finishes during the meet. Freshman thrower Kayli Farmer completed the conference meet with a throw of 42.87m (140-8) in the javelin to lead the competition on the first day of Aggie events.
The NM State 4x100-meter relay team also took the crown as they worked for a time of 46.92. Sophomore Katara Nelson helped the Aggies to their fourth place finish with her first-place finish in the 400-meter dash as she recorded a time of 55.46.
To finish off the NM State quadruple first-place finishes, junior Kelsi Gonzalez topped the competition with a time of 2:13.44 in the 800-meter dash.
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