Written by: NMSU Athletic Dept.
LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State freshman hurdler Devin Brooks placed first and set a new school record during her college début in the 55-meter hurdles at the Texas Tech Invitational, Friday, Jan. 18 in Lubbock, Texas.
Brooks posted a time of 8.31, surpassing Carrie Wilbourn's record of 8.41 which was set 13 years ago. She also placed ninth in the 55-meter dash in a time of 7.27. This mark places her sixth on the all-time list.
Assistant coach Paul Harkins was pleased with Brook's performance as well as others on the squad.
"It's a great achievement to set a new school record in her first college race, she is a strong competitor" Harkins said. "Brooks works really hard and it pays off, but we know there is a lot more in her."
Senior hurdler Lillian Lewis (El Paso, Texas) placed fifth in the finals of the 55-meter hurdles in a time of 10.48, but ran a time of 8.29 in the preliminaries to advance to the finals.
Sophomore Candyce Allen (Las Cruces, N.M) placed 18th in the 55-meter dash in a time of 7.60 and right on her heals was sophomore teammate Lekeah Durden (Farmington, N.M.) who placed 19th with a time of 7.63. These times place ninth and tenth on the all-time list in the 55-meter dash.
In the 200-meter dash Allen placed 14th and freshmen Derrhea Mcliechey (Vallejo, Calif.) placed 19th with a times of 27.74 and 27.12, respectively.
In the distance races, sophomore Brittany Hurtado (Albuquerque, N.M.) brought home a fourth place finish in the 1000-meter run in a time of 3:09.28.
Sophomore Caprice Bradshaw (Fairfield, Calif.) clocked a career best of 3:18.27, freshman Rayanna Fernandez (Las Cruces, N.M.) placed tenth with a time of 3:25.90 and crossing the finish line at 3:26.47 was sophomore Precious Nelson (Whittier, Calif.).
In the 5000-meter run senior Andrea Leitner (Kapaau, Hawai'i) placed fourth with a time of 19:49.17 and freshman Amy Arenas (Las Cruces, N.M.) placed fifth stopping the watch at 19:53.66.
On the field, in the weight throw, junior Randi Grimes (Farmington, N.M.) brought home a bronze medal due to a launch of 51-00.75. This throw places her fourth on the all-time list.
The Aggies also captured the fifth, sixth and seventh spots in the weight throw. Leading the way was sophomore Michelle Barnard (Farmington, N.M.) with a toss of 49-04.50, sophomore Jordan Veney (Pittsburgh, Pa.) threw for 48-00.0 and sophomore Jennifer McConnell recorded a mark of 43-06.00 (Hollidaysburg, Pa.).
NMSU placed fourth in the distance medley, clocking an overall performance of 13:05.31.
"I think the team did well today, it is definitely a start in the right direction," Harkins said.
The Aggies are back in action, Saturday, Jan. 19 as they compete in the second phase of the Texas Tech Invitational in Lubbock, Texas. All results and marks can be found at www.nmstatesports.com following the conclusion of the meet.