Aragon highlights LSC meet for ENMU

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ABILENE, Texas — Steven Aragon led a 1-3-6 finish in javelin to highlight Eastern New Mexico University men’s performances over the weekend in the Lone Star Conference track meet, hosted by Abilene Christian.

Abilene Christian captured men’s and women’s team titles in the six-school competition. The Wildcats have won the last 15 men’s conference titles in the sport and 23 of 25 overall in women’s competition.

ENMU finished sixth in both divisions, scoring 30 points in men’s competition and 23 on the women’s side.

Aragon, a sophomore from Los Lunas, threw a season-best 195-6 to give the Greyhounds their third LSC javelin title in the last four years. Zach Gerleve won the event in 2005 and 2006, then finished second last year.

Sophomore Robert Griego placed third with a season-best 182-3 for ENMU, while Texico freshman Justin Garrison was sixth with a season-best effort of 171-0. Javelin accounted for more than half of ENMU’s points (17).

ENMU’s women also earned three places in javelin, led by sophomore Deidra Brown with a season-best 137-4. Junior Hillaree Chavez was fifth (110-2) and Fort Sumner freshman Laurel Herrera sixth (103-6), both season bests.

Brown added a fifth-place finish in discus (a season-best 125-1), with Clovis freshman Lorena Garza (124-7) just behind her in sixth.

ENMU is waiting to see if it will qualify anyone for NCAA Division II national competition May 22-24 at Walnut Springs, Calif. Aragon, senior triple-jumper Kyle Harris and Brown (javelin) are potential qualifiers.

LSC Meet Summary

Thursday through Saturday
At Abilene, Texas
Men

Team standings: 1. Abilene Christian 290; 2. Tarleton State 125; 3. Angelo State 102; 4. Texas A&M-Commerce 54; 5. Texas A&M-Kingsville 50; 6. Eastern New Mexico 30.
ENMU results
Field events

Javelin: 1. Steven Aragon 195-6; 3. Robert Griego 182-3; 6. Justin Garrison 171-0. Shot put: 5. Jonathan Bull 51-0. Triple jump: 5. Kyle Harris 47-6 1/2.
Running events
400 relay: 4. Brian Smith, Jayson Brooks, Tim Hamett, Josh Browning 41.66. 10,000: 6. Logan Robertson 34:39.54. 3,000 steeplechase: 5. Dominic Pacheco 10:33.07. 5,000: 6. Nimrod Lelei 15:34.29. 1,600 relay: 6. Jacob Jones, Albert Hernandez, Guy Kcholi, Matt Churchman 3:24.88.
Women
Team standings: 1. Abilene Christian 259; 2. Angelo State 223; 3. Tarleton State 95; 4. Texas A&M-Kingsville 41; 5. Texas A&M-Commerce 40; 6. Eastern New Mexico 23.
ENMU results
Field events

Javelin: 3. Deidra Brown 137-4; 5. Hillaree Chavez 110-2; 6. Laurel Herrera 103-6. Triple jump: 6. Hannah Rhoten 35-4. Long jump: 5. Rhoten 17-2. Discus: 5. Brown 125-1; 6. Lorena Garza 124-87. Hammer throw: 6. Vyanca Vega 125-10.
Running events
10,000: 4. Jasmine Sanchez 41:45.44. 5,000: 6. Sanchez 19:04.59. 400 relay: 6. Britney Stephens, Conitra Olison, Rhoten, Chenavia Ruffin 48.71. 1,600 relay: 6. Nicole Blackwell, Vanessa O’Neal, Ruffin, Stephens 4:04.03.