Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAWRENCE, KS - New Mexico State women's track and field closed competition at the Western Athletic Conference Championships at Rock Chalk Park on Saturday. NM State posted its best team finish at the championship meet when the squad came away with third place. Multiple Aggies took home gold in their events including Katara Nelson, who was named the meet's Outstanding Track Performer and High Point Award winner.

Nelson finished first in the 100m (11.41) and 200m (23.45) races. Lashira Tremble also competed in the sprint finals and finished in second in the 100m when she clocked in at 11.50 and third in the 200m when she posted a time of 24.15.

In the 400m, Tanisha Scott placed third when she recorded a time of 56.83. Camira Haughton also competed in the event and took home sixth when she clocked in at 58.58. Arniesha Mitchell came away with third in the 100m hurdles when she posted a time of 13.65. Nia Garcia (14.01) also competed in the event and placed sixth.

Leah Salazar took home fifth in the 800m when she finished with a time of 2:21.24. Julia Yescas came away with fourth in the 1,500m race when she posted a time of 4:53.11. In the 5,000m, Sydney Salas finished in fifth with a time of 17:43.73.

The 4 x 100m relay team of Nelson, Scott, Tremble, and Dominique Joiner took home the gold in the event when they clocked in at 46.11. For the 4 x 400m relay, Nelson, Scott, Haughton, and Joiner posted a time of 3:43.54 to take first.

Taniya Mitchell won the hammer throw when she posted a best mark of 52.37m (171-10) in the event. Taylor Stutely finished in eighth in the hammer when she threw 46.37m (152-1). In the discus, Stutely placed third with a mark of 47.30m (155-2) while Yemisi Oroyinyin took eighth in the event when she recorded a mark of 40.86m (134-1).

Hannah Smith took home gold in the triple jump when she posted a mark 12.69m (41-7.75). Jocelyn Jordan also completed in the event and placed sixth when she jumped 11.85m (38-10.5). Keyarha Wilson came away with second in the high jump when she posted a mark of 1.68m (5-6). Smith finished the event in sixth with a jump of 1.59m (5-2.5).

For rhe Aggies that posted qualifying times and marks during the regular season, their post season continues when they travel to Sacramento, Calif., for the NCAA West Preliminary on May 24-26.