The Aggie cross country teams wrapped up a banner day for the program in Reno, Nevada on Saturday as the women's team took home the 2009 WAC crown. "It was a hard course, there were a lot of ups and downs and thick grass and they just ran absolutely fantastic," said cross country coach Paul Harkins after the meet. "The hard work we've put in over the last couple years since we got here, this is what it was all for. This is probably one of the biggest days in the history of the Aggie cross country program, both men and women."
Redshirt freshman Courtney Schultz lead the charge for the Aggies. Schultz won the individual title while sister Camille finished second. Senior Ingrid Flores crossed the line in 7th place and rounding out the finishes for the Aggies were freshman Chelsa McDonnell in 9th, junior Brittany Hurtado in 10th and junior Brandy Gutierrez in 12th. "We couldn't have been happier. They went out and followed the race plan. They put themselves into a good position and just ran tough over the second half as well."
On the men's side the Aggies finished in 4th place, a two spot improvement from last season and finished just 20 points out of second place. The Aggies were led to the line by sophomore Ian Ruybalid who finished in 9th. Freshmen runners Jonah Ruybalid, Rob Selph and Ryan Fenton all finished close together as Jonah Ruybalid and Ryan Fenton finished 16th and 17th respectively. "The men did a great job. They went out with confidence, they followed their race plan to a 'T'. They did an excellent job and worked really really tough over the second half of the race," said Coach Harkins. He added, "They were tough as nails across the second half and moved up and moved up. Those guys were rolling, it was absolutely fantastic."
The Aggies placed six women on the All-WAC teams as Courtney and Camille Schultz along with Ingrid Flores earned First Team All-WAC while Chelsa McDonnell, Brittany Hurtado and Brandy Gutierrez earned Second Team All-WAC. Courtney Schultz earned WAC Freshman of the Year and WAC Athlete of the Year honors as well.
On the men's side Jonah Ruybalid earned Second Team All-WAC honors. Aggie coaches Paul and Meaghan Harkins were named WAC Coaches of the Year.
The Aggies will return to action when the race in the 2009 NCAA Regional meet in Albuquerque, N.M. on November 14th.
Men's Teams - Points (8k)
1. Utah State - 25
2. Fresno State - 67
3. Boise State - 69
4. NEW MEXICO STATE - 87
5. Idaho - 123
6. San Jose State - 190
7. Louisiana Tech - 208
Top Individual Finishers - School - Time
1. Brian McKenna - Utah State - 26:00.1
2 .Erick Garcia - Fresno State - 26:04.4
3. Daniel Howell - Utah State - 26:04.4
4. Markus Geiger - Idaho - 26:23.1
5. Kevin Rosaaen - Boise State - 26:25.5
Women's Teams - Points (5k)
1. NEW MEXICO STATE - 29
2. Utah State - 70
3. Nevada - 76
4. Idaho - 99
5. Fresno State - 135
6. Boise State - 151
7. Hawaii - 170
8. San Jose State - 216
9. Louisiana Tech - 295
Women's Top Finishers - School - Time
1. Courtney Schultz - NEW MEXICO STATE - 19:11.4
2. Camille Schultz - NEW MEXICO STATE - 19:12.4
3. Teegan Schoch - Idaho - 19:16.0
4. Jessie Chugg - Utah State - 19:34.5
5. Jordan Burke - Nevada - 19:35.9