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McNeil broke the record she set last month


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February 8, 2019 (Albuquerque) - Freshman Nyjari McNeil beat the school record she set last month in the 600 meter run Friday evening to highlight day one of the Don Kirby Invitational for the Aztecs.

McNeil took first place in the 600 meter run and beat her previous record by 0.29 seconds. Sakura Roberson earned a fourth place finish with a time of 1:33.77 and Sara Absten had her best time in three times, finishing in 1:40.34, over five seconds better than her performance last week.

In the unseeded portion of the 400 meter dash, Maya Brosch had a personal best time of 56.73 and finished in seventh place. Kasey Ebb came in 12th place (56.93) and Lakin Hatcher finished in 59.41.

Three Aztecs competed in the long jump and were led by Lisa-Anne Barrow’s 18-02.50. Sara Absten cleared 17-09.00 and fellow freshman Vanessa Spizewski finished right behind her (17-08.75).

Hannah Taylor was the lone Aztec competing in the high jump. She cleared 5-03.75, which put her in a tie for ninth.

The Aztecs wrapped up the day with the 200 meter dash where Callista Fletcher was the top SDSU finisher with a career best time of 24.09 (13thplace). Lisa-Anne Barrow clocked in at 24.41 (19th) and freshman Kasey Ebb finished in 24.97


Just three meets into her collegiate career, Nyjari McNeil has top three times in program history in the three events: the 400 (3rd), 600 (1st) and 800 (2nd).


The Aztecs will continue the Don Kirby Invitational Saturday morning.

Don Kirby Collegiate Invitational – Day One

Albuquerque Convention Center

Top Finisher & SDSU Results

200m Dash

1. Iman Brown (Oregon) – 23.36

13. Callista Fletcher (SDSU) – 24.09 - PR

19. Lisa-Anne Barrow (SDSU) – 24.41

49. Kasey Ebb (SDSU) – 24.97

400m Dash (Unseeded)

1. Knowledge Omovoh (Grand Canyon) – 56.12

7. Maya Brosch (SDSU) – 56.73 - PR

12. Kasey Ebb (SDSU) – 56.93

42. Lakin Hatcher (SDSU) – 59.41

600m Run

1. Nyjari McNeil (SDSU) – 1:29.93 – NEW SCHOOL RECORD

4. Sakura Roberson (SDSU) – 1:33.77

16. Sara Absten (SDSU) – 1:40.34 – PR

Long Jump

1. Jessica Barreira (Arizona State) – 20-07.25 (6.28m)

24. Lisa-Anne Barrow (SDSU) – 18-02.50 (5.55m)

31. Sara Absten (SDSU) – 17-09.00 (5.41m)

32. Vanessa Spizewski (SDSU) – 17-08.75 (5.40m)

Asia Smith (SDSU) – DNS

High Jump

1. Purnima Gunarathna (UC Riverside) – 5-07.72 (1.72m)

T-9. Hannah Taylor (SDSU) – 5-03.75 (1.62m)

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