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Track & Field News

36 Aggies Earn Academic All-WAC Honors For Winter Sports

The WAC announced the 2009-2010 Academic All-WAC teams for the winter sports and a total of 36 Aggies were honored. The women's track and field team led the way with a total of 16 honorees while swimming and diving followed closely behind with 14 honorees. The women's basketball team placed a total of five players on the list while men's basketball had one.

The 36 Aggie student-athletes join the 33 honorees for the 2009 Fall Academic All-WAC Teams. The Aggies placed six more student-athletes on the Academic All-WAC Teams for the winter sports than they did last year.

To be eligible, a student-athlete must have completed at least one academic year, have at least a 3.00 cumulative grade point average and have participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s contests. The following is a list of the winter sport honorees:  Continue Reading This Post >>

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Distance Runner Amy Arenas Overcomes Obstacles To Reach Goals

Written By: Ashley Trevizo for NM State Media Relations

LAS CRUCES - If there's one thing that cross-country runner Amy Arenas of Las Cruces, N.M., is great at, it's pushing herself to her limits with every run.

During her sophomore year, Arenas limits were tested when she discovered she had asthma, but she was determined to work through both the physical and mental challenges ahead of her and face them head on.

"You just have to learn how to work with it," Arenas said, "My goal was to try my hardest, not give up and work to get back to where I was last year."

Throughout the 2009 season, Arenas did more than just work through her asthma; she also broke two NM State records, and finished in second at the Western Athletic Conference Championships in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 17:35.41.

Assistant coach Paul Harkins also saw a great deal of improvement and drive in Arenas throughout her sophomore year.  Continue Reading This Post >>

40 Aggies Earn 2009 Academic All-WAC Freshmen And Tranfers Honor

DENVER, CO - The 2008-09 Academic All-WAC freshman and transfer teams have been announced. A total of 36 freshman and transfer student-athletes from 12 Aggie sports were named to the list.

Kyle Decater, Jr.
Benjamin Harty, Jr.
Cory Hill, Jr.
Chace Perkins, So.
Nathaniel Shaver, Jr.
Michael Sodders, Jr.
Max Taylor, Jr.  Continue Reading This Post >>

41 Aggies Earn Spring 2009 Academic All-WAC Honors

DENVER, CO - The 2008-09 Academic All-WAC baseball, softball, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s tennis and men’s and women’s outdoor track and field teams have been announced. A total of 41 spring student-athletes were named to the list. To be eligible, a student-athlete must have completed at least one academic year, have at least a 3.00 cumulative grade point average and have participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s contests. The following is a list of the spring sport honorees:


Scott Coffman, So. (Editorial Note: We believe that Scott Coffman is a freshman and should be on the Academic All-Freshman/Transfers list)

Frank Duran, Sr.

Noah Garza, Sr.

Erik Nyquist, Sr.

Richard Stout, Sr.

Sebastien Vendette, Sr.

Jacob Wilson, Sr.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Hurdler Devin Brooks Named WAC Women's Outdoor Track And Field Athlete Of The Week

DENVER, CO - New Mexico State women's track and field standout Devin Brooks has been named the Western Athletic Conference Women's Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week for her efforts at the Don Kirby Invitational, in Albuquerque, N.M., Saturday, May 2.
This is NM State's first outdoor weekly award of the season and marks Brooks' second of her career. 
Assistant coach Meghan Gregory said that she is very proud of the way Brooks has consistently improved throughout the course of the season.
"Devin truly took her racing to a new level this past weekend and we're quite proud of her," Gregory said.  "We knew the school record was within her grasp and this weekend she made sure there was no question as to the top hurdler in NM State history."
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Randi Grimes Named NSCA All-American Strength And Condition Athlete Of The Year

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) recently announced that New Mexico State women's track and field senior thrower Randi Grimes has been named the annual All-American Strength and Condition Athlete of the Year.
Grimes was nominated by New Mexico State strength coach Tony McClure and he said that he is very proud that Grimes won the award.
"The Amazing Randi is an inspiration to her teammates and to other athletes at NM State," McClure said.  "Her dedication and technical proficiency in the lifts have no equal.  Randi is "Captain" of the track and field team." 
Assistant coach Paul Harkins agreed that Grimes is an amazing athlete and is very deserving of the award.
"I think that Randi is exceptional," Harkins said.  "She is very hard working in the weight room, on the track and in the classroom.  It is great for her to be recognized."
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Aggie Track And Field Has Record Setting Performances In Texas

Written by: NMSU Athletic Dept.

LUBBOCK, TX - The New Mexico State women’s indoor track and field squad produced multiple record setting performances, Saturday, Jan. 19, at the Texas Tech Invitational, in Lubbock Texas.

Head Coach Orin Richburg said he was pleased with how the student-athletes competed throughout the weekend.

“The student-athletes did a good job coming here and competing,” Richburg said. “We have a lot of work to do still, but this is a great start.”

Freshman standout Devin Brooks (Seattle, Wash.) placed seventh and recorded a lifetime best in the 55-meter hurdlers with a time of 8.21. This mark beats yesterday’s record breaking performance of 8.31.

In the 200-meter dash Candyce Allen (Las Cruces, N.M.) placed 14th and Brooks placed 16th with times of 27.11 and 27.48, respectively.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Richburg Named 2008 Olympic Team Staff Member

Written by: NMSU Athletic Dept.

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - USA Track & Field recently announced the 2008 Olympic Games Team staff and upon the list is New Mexico State head coach Orin Richburg, who has been put in charge of the men and women’s relay teams.

This is Richburg’s second consecutive Olympic Games as the head relay coordinator. He has also coached at numerous world championships throughout the years.

Richburg has 26 years of collegiate track & field coaching experience, along with 19 years of USA Track & Field coaching expertise. He was appointed as a staff member due to his highly prestigious reputation within the sports world and the high esteem to which his peers hold him.

Richburg said that he felt very privileged to be selected to this position. He also said he is grateful because it is very rare for someone to be chosen for this position two consecutive times.  Continue Reading This Post >>