Courtney Schultz Named WAC Cross Country Athlete Of The Week; Both Teams Earn Regional Rankings

Courtney SchultzThe WAC office announced on Tuesday afternoon that Aggie freshman cross country runner Courtney Schultz was named WAC Women's Cross Country Athlete of the Week for her performance at the Bronco Invitational in Sunnyvale, Calif. Schultz finished third at the Bronco Invitational in the 5K with a time of 17:20. "I'm very very proud of her. Courtney ran awesome this past weekend. She couldn't have been more deserving," said assistant coach Paul Harkins. "Running as fast as she did and placing as high as she did at such a large invitational was an absolutely fantastic accomplishment."

For Schultz it was a season best mark and she helped lead the Aggie women's team to the team title, beating out 16 other squads including WAC foes Nevada, Hawai'i, Fresno State, Boise State and San Jose State. For the Aggies' it is their first WAC honor of the season and the first for the team since Ingrid Flores earned back-to-back WAC Cross Country Athlete of the Week honors in September of last year.

The Aggies' strong showing at the Bronco Invitational on both the women's and men's side did not go unnoticed as the US Track and Field Coaches Association Regional Polls were released on Tuesday. The Aggie men's team moved up one spot to No. 14 in the Mountain Region while the women's team made their first appearance in the polls this season at No. 12 in the Mountain Region.

"I think it's a great honor for both programs. They are very deserving and we are very proud to have it. I felt the women had been under ranked in that they weren't in the Top 15 yet. I think they're still a little bit under ranked but it's a little bit of fuel for the fire for when we go to Regionals to prove themselves amongst the other teams." He added, "The men are continuously improving and one step up in the poll is reflective of that and are paying attention."

"We are excited to face off at the Regional meet to prove that we can potentially be an even higher ranked team. I think we can it's just a matter of showing it to the rest of the region."