Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.
NAMPA, ID - The Western Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships are well underway in Nampa, Idaho as day two of competition concluded, Feb. 26. The Aggies are tied for third place after the second day and two new school records were set.
Freshman LaSasha Aldredge broke her previously set school record in the quarter mile with a time of 56.51. The Distance medley relay team, Brittany Hurtado, LaSasha Aldredge, Melanie Clay and Courtney Schultz, also broke its own record by more than more than 20 seconds for a time of 12:27.04. The previous time set by the Aggies DMR team was set less than a month ago in Albuquerque.
"We had a really good start today," assistant coach Paul Harkins said. "We battled in every event and we have made progress for sure. This is a sign of good things to come for Aggie track in the future."
In the 800 meters, Clay ran a personal best time of 2:16.42, good for second place in the preliminary round. Sam Thompson was just behind her in the half mile and both move on to finals on Saturday.
Thompson finished second in the preliminary round of the mile, followed by Schultz in fifth and Hurtado in eighth. Also on the long track, Courtney Schultz placed second in the preliminary round of the 5,000 meters with a time of 17:48.92.
Multi-event athlete Jndia Cleveland finished sixth in the long jump and clocked a time of 8.9 seconds in the 60-meter hurdles.
"We are set up well for tomorrow and we're looking to potentially do some damage," Harkins said.
Finals for each of these events get underway Saturday with the women's weight throw also in the mix. Seniors Randi Grimes and Michelle Barnard will battle for a top place in the event.
Live stats for the WAC Championships can be found at http://wac.org/itf/2010/index.htm, courtesy of the Western Athletic Conference.