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Sunday, February 5, 2012 - 4:32pm
The New Mexico State University track and field team wrapped up the New Mexico Collegiate Classic on Saturday, Feb. 3, placing in the top-5 in four separate events.
Freshman Tamara Lementino had one of the best running performances for NM State during the meet. Lementino finished fourth overall in the 5,000m with a conversion time of 17:49.85, which placed her fifth all-time at NM State for the event.
"Overall, we made progress with some of our great freshman at this meet," head track and field coach Orin Richburg said. "They were able to give us some help on the backside."
Senior Jndia Cleveland marked one of her best long jump results, finishing third overall with a distance of 5.83m.
The Aggies as a team placed in the top-5 in the distance medley and the 4x400m. Junior Samantha Thompson, sophomore LaSasha Aldredge, senior Melanie Clay and freshman Diana Hawk helped NM State mark a time of 12:35.58 in the distance medley, good for fifth overall. In the 4x400m, Aldredge, Clay, Cleveland, and sophomore Zoe Meade helped NM State finish fourth overall with a time of 3:48.75, which is now second all-time in the NM State record books.
The Aggies totaled 12 top-10 finishes during the event, six of which were individual running events.
Freshman Jenna Banegas earned the first top-10 finish of the meet for NM State by finishing eighth overall in the 60m with a time of 7.73. Aldredge placed eighth overall in the 400m with a time of 55.89 and Clay finished eighth overall in the 800m with a conversion time of 2:14.52. In the 3,000m, sophomore Carly Porter and senior Gael Sanchez finished ninth and 10th respectively with times of 11:18.90, and 11:25.39.
Senior Bellosie Frazier notched two separate top-10 finishes for NM State in the throwing events. Frazier finished ninth overall in the shot put with a distance of 12.20m and 10th overall in the weight throw with a distance of 15.74m.
Sophomore Deserae Cota also placed in the top-10 for NM State, finishing ninth overall in the triple jump with a distance of 11.59m.
"We saw some things with the younger kids that will help us down the road," Richburg said. "As a team we made some progress, particularly in the backside events."
The conclusion of the New Mexico Collegiate Classic marks the end of official competition in the state of New Mexico for the Aggies. NM State will travel to Colorado Springs, Colo., next weekend for the Air Force Invite on Friday, Feb. 12.