Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.
GOODYEAR, AZ - The New Mexico State University men's and women's cross country teams each placed third at the Grand Canyon Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 8, at Goodyear, Ariz.
The men's squad for NM State finished in third place with a score of 90. Arizona State University finished first and the University of Arizona finished second. Arizona State is currently ranked No. 23 in the nation.
Two Aggies finished in the top 10 overall in the Grand Canyon Invitational. Sophomore Kevin Palmer finished eighth overall and first for NM State with a time of 25:47.9 and junior Anthony Ellis finished 10th overall and second for NM State with a time of 25:55.7. Junior Ryan Fenton and senior Michael Hart both finished third and fourth respectively for NM State, as well as breached the top 25 overall. Fenton finished 15th overall and Hart finished 24th overall.
"The men's team had a really solid day overall with a small squad," assistant coach Meaghan Harkins said. "I am really happy with our level of effort."
The Grand Canyon Invitational was also the last regular season meet for Seniors Michael and James Hart.
The women's squad for NM State scored 88 points overall, good for third place behind first-place Arizona and second-place Arizona State. Arizona is currently ranked No. 14 in the nation.
The women's team was led by freshman Caroline Lewiecki in first place for NM State. Lewiecki finished with a time of 19:38.7, which was good for 14th overall. Sophomores Christiana Barela and Carly Porter finished right behind Lewiecki for second and third for NM State respectively. Barela finished with a time of 19:41.5 for 15th overall and Porter finished in 19:42.6 for 17th overall.
"Today was another very good performance for the women's team," Harkins said. "The women raced smart in that they went out controlled and closed out the second half of the race, which shows our strength and confidence."
The Grand Canyon Invitational was the last regular season meet for senior Melanie Clay.
With the last regular-season meet completed, the Pre-National Meet is next for the Aggies. The top three finishers for the men's and women's squads today will be eligible for the travel squad to the Pre-National Meet. Palmer, Ellis and Fenton will join the men's team and Lewieckie, Barela and Porter will join the women's team for the Pre-National meet.
NM State will return to Las Cruces to prepare for the Pre-National meet in Terre Haute, Ind., on Sunday, Oct. 16.