Aztec T&F Set for Don Kirby Collegiate Invitational

Feb. 8, 2018

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T&F Notes at Don Kirby Collegiate Invitational | Meet Program

Aztecs Head to Don Kirby Collegiate Invitational

San Diego State continues its indoor season this weekend at the Don Kirby Collegiate Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M. The meet is the second of three straight that the Aztecs will compete at the Albuquerque Convention Center. They competed at the New Mexico Team Invitational two weeks ago and will be at the the Mountain West Indoor Championships Feb. 22-24.

SDSU will send a group of 15 athletes, including Lisa-Anna Barrow in four events - 60, 200, 4x400 relay and long jump. Jalyn Harris (200, 400 & 4x400), Lakin Hatcher (200, 400 & 4x400), Sakura Robinson (4x400, 600 & 800) and Asia Smith (60m hurdles, long jump & high jump) will all be competing in three events. Five other Aztecs are slated to compete in two events: Je'Neal Ainsworth (60 & long jump), Callista Fletcher (60 & 200), Ellison Grove (600 & 800), Ashley Henderson (60 & 200) and Aliyah Woodall (long jump & triple jump). Also competing for San Diego State are Marissa Berry & Kaitlin Heri in the pole vault, Jelana McNown in the long jump and Hannah Taylor in the high jump.

The meet kicks off Friday at 4:00 p.m. MT (3:00 p.m. PT) with the high jump and long jump, followed by the 400 (5:30 p.m. MT), 600 (7:20 p.m. MT) and then the 200 (8:35 p.m. MT). Saturday's events get started at 10:00 a.m. MT with the 60-meter hurdle qualifiers and the pole vault and are followed by the triple jump (10:30 a.m. MT) and 60-meter qualifying round (10:40 a.m. MT). The 60 semi's will be at 12:15 p.m. MT and the finals will take place at 2:15 p.m. MT. Other races featuring Aztecs include the 400 (1:55 p.m. MT), the 800 (2:40 p.m. MT) and the meet's final race, the 4x400 relay (3:15 p.m. MT).

The Aztecs and host Lobos will be joined by 40 other schools, including seven Mountain West rivals.

The meet will be streamed by FloTrack, but requires a subsciption to view. Live results for the meet will be located at http://www.liverunningresults.com/public_html/events/kirby2018/. Full results will be posted on GoAztecs.com when they become available.

Ashley Henderson Named Mountain West Athlete of the Week

Senior Ashley Henderson was named the Mountain West Women's Indoor Track Athlete of the Week following her performance at the New Mexico Team Invitational on January 27th. Henderson has won the weekly award twice in two tries this year (also Jan. 16) and now has two indoor awards for her career and five MW athlete-of-the-week awards overall (also three outdoor accolades).

Henderson won both the 60-meter dash and the 200 to lead the Aztecs at the New Mexico Team Invitational. Henderson, who remained undefeated on the season in individual events against collegiate competition, won the 60 in a time of 7.30 seconds (second place was 7.43). The altitude adjusted time of 7.32 ranks as the fastest in the MW this year and tied for the 18th fastest in the country.

More impressive was Henderson's victory in the 200, running a time of 23.16 (No. 2 was 23.58). The altitude adjusted time of 23.23 is the fastest in the MW this season and the ninth fastest in the country.

For her career, Henderson is a four-time first-team outdoor USTFCCCA All-American and a two-time first-team indoor USTFCCCA All-American. She owns three individual school records (indoor 60 and 200, outdoor 100) and ran a leg of the fastest 4x100-meter relay in program history.

A Look Back at the New Mexico Team Invitational

Ashley Henderson won both the 60 and the 200 to pace the San Diego State track and field team at the New Mexico Team Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M. on January 27th.

Henderson easily won the 60 in 7.30 (second place was 7.43), bettering her time of 7.41 in the prelims, and took home the 200 in 23.16 (No. 2 was 23.58). The altitude adjusted 23.23 is the eighth-fastest time in the country this year. Henderson is undefeated on the year in final events against collegiate competition.

Henderson, who is two-for-two in being named the MW Track Athlete of the Week, was joined with victories by Bonnie Draxler in the pole vault and Lisa-Anne Barrow in the long jump. Draxler, the MW Field Athlete of the Week on Jan. 16, kept up her undefeated streak against collegiate competition with a win in the pole vault in 13 feet, 4 ¼ inches (4.07), while Barrow won the long jump in 19-00.00 (5.79m) and finished eighth in the 200 in 24.91.

Jalyn Harris came in third in the 400 in 56.30 and Asia Smith took third in the long jump with a leap of 18-05.00 (5.61m). Smith was also 10th in the high jump as the top Aztec finisher in 5-03.25 (1.61m).

Rochene Smith added a fourth-place finish in the 200 (24.54) and a fifth-place effort in the 60 (7.53), while Je'Neal Ainsworth was fourth in the triple jump in 39-04.00 (11.99m).

Ellison Grove (800 meters, 2:11.01), Marissa Berry (pole vault, 12-04.50 (3.77m)) and Jelena McNown (long jump, 17-11.50 (5.47m)) each tallied a fifth-place showing in their respective event, while Rachel Craft (eighth in pole vault, 11-04.50 (3.47m)), Callista Fletcher (eighth in 60, 7.69)) and Taylor Alexander (ninth in pole vault, 11-04.50 (3.47m)) each finished in the top 10 in their event.

Despite not taking a full compliment of athletes, the Aztecs took third of the eight teams with 84.5 points, only trailing Texas State (120) and the host Lobos (89).

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