SACRAMENTO, Calif. — With just three weeks remaining before the Big Sky Championships, the Sacramento State Indoor Track & Field teams will travel to Albuquerque, N.M. for the New Mexico Collegiate Classic this weekend. The two-day meet will span Feb. 2-3 and can be seen via FloTrack.
The opening day will begin at 3 p.m PT and wraps up at 7:10 with the women's 200. The day will also include the finals of the men's and women's weight throw, high jump, and long jump. On the track will be the unseeded 400, the seeded and unseeded 3K, the 600 and the 200. The large meet will feature as many as 20 heats of the women's 200 alone.
Saturday's action start at 9 a.m. PT with the women's shot put. The running events get under way 15 minutes later with the 60-hurdles and are scheduled to conclude at 2:10 p.m. PT with the women's 4x400 relay.
The meet will feature 16 universities, including 14 from NCAA Div. I. The schools span the country ranging from Sacramento State, CSUN and UC Davis in California to Alabama, Ole Miss, and LSU of the SEC. In the men's competition, Alabama (sixth) and Texas (14th) and both ranked among the top 25 in this week's USTFCCCA poll. LSU (seventh), Texas (eighth), Ole Miss (10th) and Alabama (22nd) are all ranked in the women's poll.
The majority of the Hornets have not competed since opening the season at the Bronco Invitational on Jan. 20. Despite the lack of competitions, the team still has several student-athletes ranked among the top five in the Big Sky this season. Included in that list are hurdlers Andre Lindsey, who leads the Big Sky in 8.01 seconds, and Austin Tinsley, who's fifth in 8.15. Those two will face a large challenge this weekend as the men's 60-hurdles race will include two athletes ranked among the top 10 in NCAA Div. I this year. Alabama's Ruebin Walters is currently second with a best of 7.63 and LSU's Damion Thomas is tied for seventh in 7.75.
In the women's competition, 15 schools will be looking to put a dent into the LSU super power in the 60-meter dash. The Tigers currently account for the three fastest times in the nation with Aleia Hobbs leading the way in 7.14. Mikiah Brisco (7.17) and Kortnei Johnson (7.18) are close behind and complete the sweep of the top three. Sacramento State has five entries into the race with Amari Jones leading the team in 7.70.
Freshman Brittany Patterson is tied for the Big Sky lead in the triple jump. Patterson had a jump of 39-01.25 in her first collegiate meet. Emilia Del Hoyo also moved into the top five in the 60-hurdles after running 8.85.
A complete list of Sacramento State entries into the New Mexico Classic can be found below: