Aztec T&F Heads to New Mexico Team Invitational

Lakin Hatcher and the Aztecs are heading to the New Mexico Team Invitational on Saturday.
Jan. 25, 2018

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T&F Notes at New Mexico Team Invitational | Meet Program

Aztecs Head to New Mexico Team Invitational
San Diego State continues its indoor season Saturday at the New Mexico Team Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M. The meet is the first of three straight that the Aztecs will compete at the Albuquerque Convention Center, followed by the Don Kirby Collegiate Invitational (Feb. 9-10) and the Mountain West Indoor Championships (Feb. 22-14).

SDSU will send a group of 18 athletes to Saturday’s meet, including Asia Smith in four events - 60-meter hurdles, high jump, long jump and shot put. Jalyn Harris is slated to compete in three events on the track in the 60, 200 and 400, while eight others - Je’Neal Ainsworth (60, triple jump), Lisa-Anne Barrow (200, long jump), Cindy Flores (800, mile), Lakin Hatcher (60, 200), Ashley Henderson (60, 200), Jelena McNown (high jump, long jump), Rochene Smith (60, 200) and Hannah Taylor (high jump, long jump) - are entered in two events apiece. Also competing for San Diego State are Callista Fletcher in the 60, Simone Glen in the 200, Ellison Grove in the 800, Taylor Alexander, Marissa Berry, Rachel Craft and Bonnie Draxler in the pole vault, and Kambridge Van Der Veur in the shot put.

The meet kicks off at 9:30 a.m. MT (8:30 a.m. PT) with the high jump, followed by the pole vault and long jump (11 a.m. MT), 60-meter hurdle prelims (12:25 p.m. MT), 60-meter prelims and shot put (12:45 p.m. MT), mile (1:10 p.m. MT), triple jump (1:30 p.m. MT), 60-meter hurdles final (1:35 p.m. PT), 400 meters (2 p.m. MT), 60-meter final (2:20 p.m. MT), 800 meters (2:30 p.m. MT) and the 200 meters (2:55 p.m. MT).

The Aztecs and host Lobos will be joined by Grand Canyon, New Mexico State, TCU, Texas State, Utah State and Washington State.

Live results for the meet will be located at http://www.liverunningresults.com/public_html/events/unmteam2018/. Full results will be posted on GoAztecs.com when they become available.

SDSU’s Bonnie Draxler and Ashley Henderson Named MW Athletes of the Week
San Diego State track and field’s Bonnie Draxler and Ashley Henderson swept the Mountain West Women’s Athlete-of-the-Week awards on Jan. 16 Draxler was named the MW Women’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Week, while Henderson was chosen as the MW Women’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Week. The duo shined at the UW Preview, the season-opening meet for the then-22nd-ranked Aztecs, on Jan. 13 in Seattle.

Draxler set an indoor personal best in the pole vault by clearing 13 feet, 9 ¾ inches (4.21m) to finish second behind 2016 Olympian Diamara Planell Cruz of Puerto Rico in a jump-off. The top collegian in the loaded meet, Draxler’s 13-09.75 is the best in the MW this year, sixth-best mark in Aztec indoor history and tied for the 10th best in the country this year. It was Draxler’s fifth career MW weekly honor (three times indoor, twice outdoor).

Henderson, meanwhile, was second in the finals of the 60-meter dash in a time of 7.33 seconds, only trailing seven-time long jump world champion Brittany Reese (7.31). The top collegian in an event that featured numerous runners from No. 1 Oregon, the time was the fastest in the MW this season and tied for the 12th fastest in the country this year. Bettering her prelim time of 7.43, Henderson also ran a leg of a 4x400 at the end of the meet. It was Henderson’s first career MW indoor weekly honor and fourth overall (also three outdoor awards).

A Look Back at the UW Preview
Seniors Ashley Henderson and Bonnie Draxler each finished second in their respective events and first among collegiate athletes to lead the No. 22 San Diego State track and field team on Jan. 13 at the UW Preview in Seattle.

Henderson took second in the finals of the 60-meter dash in a time of 7.33 seconds, only trailing seven-time long jump world champion Brittany Reese (7.31). Heading into the meet, only three other Division I athletes had run faster than Henderson’s 7.33. The 7.33 was 0.10 seconds faster than her prelim time of 7.43.

Draxler, meanwhile, set an indoor personal best by clearing 13 feet, 9 ¾ inches (4.21m) to finish second behind 2016 Olympian Diamara Planell Cruz of Puerto Rico. Each athlete had the same mark, but Cruz won the jump-off. The 13-09.75 is the sixth-best mark in Aztec indoor history and the fourth best in DI (entering the meet).

Jalyn Harris had a fine collegiate debut with SDSU, taking third out of 46 in the 400 in 56.29 and teaming up with Lakin Hatcher, Lisa-Anne Barrow and Sakura Roberson to run the seventh-fastest indoor 4x400 in school history with at time of 3:44.91. Only Stanford’s 3:41.54 was faster on the day.

Barrow was busy as well, finishing fourth in the long jump with a leap of 18-04.50 (5.60m), taking 10th in the 200 (24.74) and running a leg in the aforementioned 4x400.

Freshman Asia Smith tied for fifth in the high jump (5-03.00 (1.60m)) in her collegiate debut and also ran a leg of the eighth-place 4x400 (4:00.28) along with Jasmine Young, Ellison Grove and Maya Brosch.

Aliyah Woodall came in sixth in the triple jump (38-02.25 (11.64m)) in her San Diego State and collegiate debut, while Je’Neal Ainsworth was seventh in 38-01.50 (11.62m).

Lakin Hatcher took seventh in the 400 in 57.68 and Hannah Taylor was 10th in the high jump with a height of 5-03.00 (1.60m).

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