Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.
LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State University cross country team dominated at the Kachina Classic on Saturday, Sept. 17, by finishing first in both the men's 8K and women's 5K.
After finishing second as a team at the Lori Fitzgerald Invitational on Sept. 10, the Aggies put together great performances from both squads to earn a convincing victory.
"It is always great to get a win at home," assistant coach Meaghan Harkins said. "I am really proud of the way we raced today."
The men's team finished first with a score of 26 for the best overall finish of the season so far. UTEP finished second with a score of 38 and New Mexico finished with 87.
Six of the top 10 times for the men's 8K were posted by Aggies. Junior Jonah Ruybalid finished second overall and posted the top time for NM State with 25:32.1. Junior Ian Ruybalid finished third overall with a time of 25:46.5 and senior Kevin Taft finished right behind for fourth overall with a time of 25:48.8. Freshman Eric Fenton, senior Victor Sanchez and junior Ryan Fenton finished 8th, 9th and 10th respectively overall to round out the top 10. Eric posted a time of 26:08.8, Sanchez finished with 26:15.8 and Ryan with 26:20.0.
The women's team finished first with a score of 33 points over UTEP with 39, UNM with 52 and El Paso Community College with 103. NM State finished two places ahead of UNM, currently ranked No. 2 in the nation.
Juniors Camille and Courtney Schultz finished side-by-side for the NM State best, as well as third and fourth overall. Camille earned a 17:28.5 and Courtney finished right behind with 17:28.8. Junior Chelsa McDonnell finished third for the Aggies and eight overall with a time of 18:22.1. Freshman Tamara Lementino and sophomore Sammy Hamilton finished fourth and fifth respectively for NM State. Lementino finished 12th overall with a time of 18:49.7 and Hamilton finished 15th overall with a time of 19:03.7.
For the past couple of weeks Harkins has been telling her team that the Kachina Classic will be the team's first formal meet of the season.
"I told both teams this would be the first true test of the season, and they passed with flying colors," Harkins said.
NM State will have next weekend off before traveling to Stillwater, Okla., for the Oklahoma State Cowboy Jamboree on Saturday, Oct. 1.