Former sprinter/multi-event athlete who steadily improved during her time at New Mexico...Impressed the coaching staff with her dedication to distance running and went on to lead the team in the 3,000 steeplechase in her debut outdoor track season last spring...Currently stands as the fourth-best Lobos all-time in the steeplchase...Was also a strong contributor in the middle-distance events...Began her collegiate career at Colorado State in the fall of 2007 before returning home to Albuquerque in January of 2008.
2011 Indoor: Competed at four meets for the Lobos...Ran in the mile three times, including the season-opening Lobo Open (second, 5:01.59) and Washington Husky Classic (39th, 4:53.81)...Her final mile was a sixth-place performance at the Mountain West Conference Championships, where she clocked a personal-record 4:51.93* that ranked second on the team...Also helped the Lobos' distance medley relay team to a runner-up finish at the conference meet, as the sqaud combined for a school-record 11:34.71* clocking...Competed in the 3,000 at the New Mexico Invitational, finishing eighth with a personal-record 10:00.38*.
2011 Outdoor: Ran at seven meets for New Mexico, including the NCAA Division I West Preliminary Round...Competed primarily in the 3,000-meter steeplechase...Opened in that event with a 10:52.49 clocking at the Sun Angel Classic, placing eighth...Followed that up with runs at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational (11th place, 10:39.79) and the Mountain West Outdoor Championships (third, altitude-adjusted PR of 10:35.69*)...Qualified to the NCAA Division I West Preliminary Round, running a raw time of 10:36.69 to place 33rd overall...Also posted three mid-distance runs, beginning with a second-place 800 (team-best time of 2:13.31*) at the Tailwind Invitational, continuing with a sixth-place 1,500 at the Brutus Hamilton Invitational (team-best 4:26.84) and culminating in another sixth-place metric mile (4:36.33) at the MWC Championships.
2010 Indoor: Much like her debut indoor season with the Lobos, competed at six meets, including the conference meet...Competed in the 800 at three meet, starting with a fourth-place time at the Cherry & Silver Invitational (2:13.14*) and a third-place clocking at the New Mexico Invitational (2:12.88*)...Her ultimate 800 performance was an eighth-place finish at the Mountain West Conference Championships in Albuquerque, as she posted a career-best (and team-leading) time of 2:12.55* to earn a team point for the Lobos...Also competed twice in the mile, placing third at the Lobo Challenge (4:58.00*) and 32nd in the invitational section at the Washington Husky Classic (season-best 4:56.46).
2010 Outdoor: Participated at five meets for the Lobos, primarily in the 1,500...Clocked nearly identical times in the metric mile at a pair of meets at Stanford, finishing with a 4:33.66 time at the Stanford Invitational and 4:33.60 at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational...Also competed in the 1,500 at the UTEP Invite (4:47.66) and at the Brutus Hamilton Invitational at Cal Berkeley (then-personal best 4:31.38)...Finished 11th in the 800-meters at the MWC with a time of 2:18.28.
2009 Indoor: Ran at five meets, including the conference championships...Claimed second overall and first collegiately in the mile at her New Mexico debut, finishing in 5:09.96*...Also ran in the mile at the Washington Husky Classic, clocking a season-best time of 4:59.72 to place 44th overall...Competed in the 800 twice, including a runner-up finish at the New Mexico Invitational (2:14.78*) and a eighth-place finish at the 2009 Mountain West Indoor Championships (2:14.88*), where she earned the Lobos a team point en route to a fifth-place team finish.
2009 Outdoor: Competed six times for the Lobos, leading the team in the 3,000 steeplechase...Opened with a 10th-place finish in the 1,500 at the competitive Stanford Invitational, finishing in 4:40.20...Posteda time of 4:32.52 in the metric mile at the Mt. SAC Relays, which ranked second on the team (and 10th in the MWC), behind NCAA qualifier Ashley Gibson...Notched a pair of second-place 800s at the Lobos' home meets, finishing in 2:14.85* at the Don Kirby Invitational and in 2:15.59* at the Tailwind Invitational...Led New Mexico(6th in the MWC) in the 3,000 steeplechase with a time of 11:06.09 at the Brutus Hamilton Invitational...Competed in the steeplechase at the Mountain West Conference Championships, but pulled out of the event with an injury.
2008 Indoor & Outdoor: Sat out due to NCAA transfer regulations after transferring from Mountain West Conference rival Colorado State.
Attended Colorado State during the fall of 2007, training with the track team as a multi-event athlete, but did not compete.
A 2007 graduate of Albuquerque La Cueva High School...Named 2007 Gatorade and Albuquerque Tribune New Mexico Girl's Track & Field Athlete of the Year...Two-time high point award winner at the class 5A state meet for head coach Jim Ciccarello...took home 4 gold medals as a senior, winning the 100m hurdles, 300m hurdles, 400m and anchoring the Bears' state champion 4x400m relay team...Her remarkable double in the 300 hurdles and 400 came within a span of 20 minutes...Part of 3 state championship teams at La Cueva (2004-05, 2007)...Recorded PRs of 43.1 in the 300 hurdles, 14.69 in the 100 hurdles and 57.3 in the 400...Also had bests of 2:20 in the 800 and 17-11.75 in the long jump...lettered 4 years in track & field and 3 years in cross country.
Born in Albuquerque, N.M....Full name is Alexandra Renee Darling...Daughter of Mike and Christine Sandoval...Has a younger sister, Stasia...Also an accomplished gymnast who reached level 10 in the sport...Majored in Psychology.
800 meters: 2:12.55*
TRACK & FIELD HONORS
All-Mountain West Indoor Team: 2009 (distance medley relay)
* indicates a performance that has been adjusted based on the NCAA altitude conversion protocol