NMSU Takes Third At WAC Indoor Track And Field Championships

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

NAMPA, ID - The New Mexico State women's track and field team took on elite competition from the Western Athletic Conference at the 2018 WAC Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Ford Idaho Center on Saturday. As a team, the Aggies placed third at the meet and Tanisha Scott and Lashira Tremble each took home individual titles.

"This was a great weekend of successes for our program," head coach Doug Reynolds said. "Even more than the individual WAC Champions, the personal bests, the school records, and the lifetime best finishes was the evident change in the culture of this team. I was really pleased to watch the girls compete for each other like a family and fight for every point until the very end of the meet."

Tremble took home the WAC indoor title in the 60m dash when she posted a time of 7.51 for the second-straight day. Scott's WAC Championship came in the 200m when the senior ran 24.35 for a new personal record. The senior also recorded a time of 7.60 for fourth place in the 60m.

Leah Salazar crossed the finish line with a personal best time of 2:17.39 for fifth place in the 800m. In the finals for the mile, a pair of NM State runners competed in the race with Cassey Amberg placing fifth and Elana Kresl placing 10th. Amberg posted a time of 5:06.28 while Kresl clocked in at 5:13.10.

Freshman Jess Dominguez was the top finisher for the Aggies in the 3,000m as she posted a time of 10:22.81 for seventh place. Stephanie Quintero finished just behind Dominguez when she clocked in with a time of 10:25.51 for eighth.

In the 60m hurdles finals, Arniesha Mitchell took home the silver in the event when she finished with a school record time of 8.54. Nia Garcia placed seventh in the event, posting a time of 8.89.

The 4 x 400m relay team of Scott, Camira Haughton, Dominique Joiner and Keyarha Wilson placed third in the race, clocking in at 3:50.78 for the bronze.

In the field events, Yemisi Oroyinyin took home the silver in the shot put, posting a best mark of 13.78m (45-2.5). Hannah Smith placed third in the triple jump, recording a mark of 12.06m (39-7) for a new personal record. Jocelyn Jordan jumped a mark of 11.54m (37-10.5) to place fourth in the event.

"As a staff, we made strategic decisions for the future and went into this season competing with less than full strength, but our ladies bonded together and rose to the occasion to equal one of the best team performances in program history," Reynolds said. "As we head into the outdoor season, I am very excited to watch this team continue to develop and get stronger. As a team, we are built even better for the outdoor season and we will bring some key players. With that being said, I believe we will be an even greater presence at the WAC Championships this spring. I couldn't be more proud of how these ladies are evolving toward becoming a championship-level team."