Kayli Farmer stars in two events for Aggies
FARMINGTON — With a tall, strong frame, Kayli Farmer moves with fluidity and power, as her natural speed transfers well throughout her body.
The 2014 Aztec High School graduate embodies that mold as a dual-threat track and field competitor at NCAA Division I New Mexico State University, taking part in the high jump and the javelin.
"Each event kind of helps out the other. Whenever I have a bad day in one, I have that other event to look forward to," Farmer said.
First-year Aggies coach Doug Reynolds said his vision for the program is to have every athlete on his track squad contribute in at least two events, adding that Farmer symbolizes what he has in mind.
"It's phenomenal. Obviously, her success in (the high jump) has been phenomenal, especially at the conference level. That's what we're looking for," Reynolds said. "She has the ability to bring great speed on the runway, but that speed is irrelevant if we can't transfer it into transitional power."
Reynolds said Farmer's strong plant allows her to transfer energy smoothly between running and throwing.
Farmer jumped a season best 5 feet, 5 inches during the 2017 Western Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships.
Farmer then set a new personal record in the javelin at 172 feet, 11 inches during the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, placing ninth overall. She was named a second-team All-American in the process.
"It's (about) getting everything to come together. Getting that (foot) planted at the right time, making sure your arm has enough speed, making sure that it stays back," Farmer said. "I think my plant is my strongest advantage that I have, and I've got a little bit of speed. As long as I can hit that right and get everything else timed out correctly, I'm doing all right."
The new indoor season begins with the Cherry and Silver Invitational on Jan. 19-20 at the University of New Mexico.
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