Aggie Cross Country Hits The Road

Written by: NMSU Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - After a weekend off for rest and recovery, the New Mexico State cross country squads are hitting the road, Friday, Oct. 5, to compete at the Arizona State Invitational in Tempe, Ariz.

Assistant coach Paul Harkins said that the team is ready to get back on the course after a week off and feels that this is a great tune-up for the Santa Clara Invitational, which is the following week and then leading into conference.

"It will be nice to see some different scenery, along with different competition," Harkins said. "But this should be a great meet for us and I am excited about this team and their potential."

Harkins also stated that senior standout Josh Sifuentes (El Paso, Texas) is making his first appearance of the season after sitting out from an injury.

"Josh is a strong runner and should do well for the team, he should be up there with Michael (Hart)," he said.

In past seasons, the Aggies have posted solid marks at this meet, including a women's third place finish and a men's sixth-place finish in 2005.

The Aggies are coming off their home meet, the Kachina Classic. The women defended their title with freshman Brandi Gutierrez (El Paso, Texas) leading the way for the Aggies as she crushed the competition with a first place finish and a time of 18:54.1 in the 3.2-mile race.

The men finished sixth overall and freshman Michael Hart (Santa Fe, N.M.) paced the team for the third consecutive week. Hart placed 11th overall with a time of 24:21.4 in the 4.6-mile race.

Results can be found at www.nmstatesports.com following the conclusion of the meet.