Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.
SUNNYVALE, CA -The New Mexico State women's cross country team took the title at Santa Clara's Bronco Invite in Sunnyvale, Calif., Saturday, Oct. 17.
Sophomore Courtney Schultz (Cloudcroft, N.M.) paced the Aggies across the line while placing third, overall and helping NM State to a first place finish at the invitational. She clocked a time of 17:20, her swiftest time of the season in the 5k.
Just behind Schultz with a time of 17 minutes and 22 seconds was senior Ingrid Flores (El Paso, Texas). This time earned Flores fifth overall. Sophomore Camille Schultz (Cloudcroft, N.M.) followed just seconds behind Flores, earning seventh and helping the Aggies to grab the title.
Also scoring for NM State was freshman Chelsa McDonnell (Klamath Falls, Ore.) in 18th place and junior Brandi Gutierrez (El Paso, Texas) in 26th.
"We couldn't be happier," assistant coach Paul Harkins said about the women's performance. "They came out and did what they had to do to succeed."
The Aggie men placed seventh overall at the race, a five spot improvement from last year's Bronco Invitational.
Freshman Robert Selph (Rio Rancho, N.M.) led the men in 22nd place with a time of 25:12. Following Selph with a time of 25:19 was sophomore Ian Ruybalid (Los Lunas, N.M.).
"Everyone stepped it up today," Harkins said. "They all did fantastic."
Freshmen Ryan Fenton (Santa Fe, N.M.), Jonah Ruybalid (Los Lunas, N.M.) and Terry Williams (Arlington, Texas) rounded out the men's top 5.
All five scorers of the men's team clocked quicker times than the Aggies top finisher in this race during the 2008 season.
Both teams faced a number of Western Athletic Conference opponents over the weekend, and proved to be top contenders. The women led the race by 20 points, and had two runners finish ahead of any of their conference opponents.
The Aggies will take a week off from competition before heading to the WAC Championships in Reno, Nev., Oct. 31.