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One of the oldest athletics facilities at NM State recently underwent a well-deserved face lift.
Tuesday morning, NM State athletics announced the completion of a resurfacing project at the NM State women's track & field team's outdoor venue.
Having fallen into disrepair over the years, the surface of the Aggies' track was in desperate need of a resurfacing. That came to fruition this fall as Lone Mountain Contracting began work on a brand-new surface at the Aggies' track & field venue.
The $480,000 resurfacing project began in May of 2021 and wrapped up in early October. Funding for the project was provided by through the state capital outlay process.
"Our women's track & field program more than deserved this," commented NM State Director of Athletics Mario Moccia. "For many years they have trained on a surface that was not conducive to success, but year in and year out they put in an amazing effort which culminated with a championship in 2020. I appreciate all their hard work and dedication, even in the face of the conditions they had to train in."
NM State women's indoor track & field team made program history in the spring of 2020 by capturing the first WAC Indoor Track & Field Championship in the 34-year existence of the program. Last spring, the Aggies' women's outdoor track & field squad posted a runner-up finish at the WAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
With the newly-resurfaced track, NM State has its sights set on hosting a home meet for the first time since 2006.
Since the spring of 2018, some 15 NM State student-athletes have moved on to the NCAA Women's Outdoor Track & Field West Preliminary meet and as a program the Aggies have finished either first, second or third in each of the last three WAC indoor and outdoor championship meets. In cross country, the Aggies' women's team captured the 2017 WAC Cross Country Championship.
"To the elected officials who made this possible, Aggie Nation thanks you," Moccia continued. "You helped address one of our biggest facility needs, shored up a potential Title IX deficiency and shortly we will host a collegiate track meet in Las Cruces which will bring hundreds of athletes, parents, staff to this city. It will help bolster our local economy with hotel stays, restaurant visits and income spent in our community. This is truly a win-win for everyone."
Earlier this week, Joseph Rath was named the head coach of the Aggies' cross country and track & field teams. For complete coverage of NM State cross country and women's track & field through the 2021-22 seasons, visit NMStateSports.com - the official home of Aggie athletics - and follow the Aggies on Facebook (NM State Track/XC), Twitter (@NMStateXCTF) and Instagram (@NMStateXCTF).