Aggies Finish Fourth At WAC Outdoor Championships

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAWRENCE, Kan. – NM State track and field finished fourth at the Western Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday. Four Aggies won conference championships in their respective events.

“Overall we are pretty pleased with how the meet went,” said assistant coach Larry Carmichael. “We had several athletes step up big time. We are really proud of Katara and Kimberly for winning their respective awards.”

Junior Katara Nelson, the Arlington, Texas product, won the WAC High Point Award, scoring 21.50 points in the meet. Kimberly Salinas, a native of Las Cruces, N.M., was named WAC Freshman of the Year by the league’s coaches.

In the Javelin, Salinas won the conference championship with a mark of 46.13m (151 ft. 4in.). This mark moves her into fourth place in school history, passing Brandie Ellsworth’s 1995 mark of 44.63m (146 ft. 5 in.). Dominique Jackson won the conference championship in the 400m with a time of 55.34. This time puts her in fifth place in school history, passing Paige Patterson’s mark of 55.58, and is a college best time. Katara Nelson won the conference championship with a time of 11.92. Ashleyann Hall won the conference championship in the 800m with a time of 2:14.98., a new college best time.

In the Pole Vault, Marissa Gonzales finished second with a mark of 3.61m (11 ft. 10 in.).

In the Triple Jump, La’Shya Cole finished third with a mark of 12.09m (39 ft. 8 in.), a new college best mark. Hannah Smith finished sixth with a mark of 11.80m (38 ft. 8.75 in.). Jocelyn Jordan finished eighth with a mark of 11.53m (37 ft. 10 in.), a season best mark.

In the Javelin, Kayli Farmer finished second with a mark of 43.33m (142 ft. 2 in.). Cierrah Kassetas finished eighth with a mark of 37.29m (122 ft. 4 in.).

In the Shot Put, Jessica Schmitt finished fifth with a mark of 13.74m (45 ft. 1 in.). Yemisi Oroyinyin finished sixth with a mark of 13.67m (44 ft. 10.25 in.), a new college best. This mark puts her in eighth place in school history, passing Jordan Veney’s 2008 mark of 13.62m (44 ft. 8.23 in.).

In the 1500m, Crissey Amberg finished second with a time of 4:38.08, a new college best. This mark moves her into seventh place in school history, passing Trine Sierslev’s 2001 time of 4:38.89. Cassey Amberg finished fourth with a time of 4:42.67, a new college best.

In the 100m Hurdles, Arneisha Mitchell finished fifth with a time of 14.47.

In the 200m, Katara Nelson finished second with a time of 24.21, a new season best.

In the 4x100m Relay, a team of Katara Nelson, Dominique Jackson, Dominique Joiner and Tanisha Scott finished second with a time of 46.23, a season high.

In the 4x400m Relay, a team of Katara Nelson, Dominique Jackson, Kelsi Gonzalez and Ashleyann Hall finished third with a time of 3:49.18.