Cowgirl track picked third

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By Dave Kavanaugh

With All-American Angella Graham leading the charge, New Mexico Highlands University’s women’s track and field program is gaining new respect within the ranks of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

NMHU was picked to finish third in the preseason RMAC women’s outdoor track and field poll, released Wednesday by the league’s Colorado Springs office.

Adams State College was the coaches’ choice to repeat as league champion and received nine first-place votes. Nebraska-Kearney is predicted to finish second in the 10-team league.

Graham recently earned two All-American honors in the NCAA Division II Indoor Championships, held March 13-14 at the Albuquerque Convention Center. She finished third in the triple jump with a 40-10 clearance and seventh in the pentathlon with 3,674 points.

The five career All-American honors Graham has earned makes her the university’s most heralded athlete of NMHU’s NCAA Division II era, which began in the early 1990s.

AMong the other standouts are sprinter Candace St. Louis and distance runner Carolina Garcia, who was All-RMAC in the indoor season.

Highlands, which finished third in the RMAC Indoor Championships in February, were ranked 17th in the nation by the end of the indoor track season.