Former sprinter/multi-event athlete who has steadily improved since beginning full time distance training in the summer of `08...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 track season...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...had to sit out the 2008 track and cross country seasons due to MWC transfer rules...has three years of eligibility left. 2008-09: (outdoor) Led the team (6th MWC) in the 3,000 steeplechase with a time of 11:06.09 at Cal...pulled out of the event with an injury at the MWC Championships...ranked 2nd on the team (10th MWC), behind NCAA qualifier Ashley Gibson, in the 1,500m with a top time of 4:32.52 at the Mt. SAC Relays...Lobos' No. 2 800m runner as well (2:14.85)...raced 6 times in 6 meets...Academic All-MWC and MWC Scholar-Athlete Award winner.
Attended Colorado State during the fall of 2007, training with the track team as a multi-event athlete, but did not compete.
HIGH SCHOOL :
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...major is Psychology.