Aggie Cross Country Competes Well At Pre Nationals

The New Mexico State men's and women's cross country teams competed well in the highly competitive Pre National meet in Terre Haute, Indiana on Sunday. The Aggie women placed 14th out of 37 teams in a field that included the No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5 ranked teams in the country. The Aggie men recorded a 20th place finish out of 34 teams in a field that also included several Top 25 ranked teams.

On the women's side, the Aggies totaled 459 points which tied them with La Salle, who are ranked sixth in the Mid-Atlantic region. The women were led across the finish line by Courtney Schultz who finished in a time of 21:29 which placed her 27th among 303 racers.. Camille Schultz crossed shortly after her sister in a time of 21:36 which was good for 31st place. Chelsa McDonnell crossed in a time of 22:41 good for 104th overall. Freshman Tamara Lementino crossed in a time of 23:09 which was good enough for 135th overall while Samantha Hamilton rounded out the top five for the Aggies with a time of 23:32, good for 162nd overall.

On the men's side, the Aggies totaled 490 points as Jonah Ruybalid crossed in a time of 25:27 good for 73rd. Kevin Taft followed just seconds later finishing in 25:32 good for 79th. Rob Selph crossed third for the Aggies in a time of 25:48 good for 105th, Ian Ruybalid crossed in a time of 25:58 good for 122nd and Kevin Palmer crossed in 26:04 good for 133rd rounding out the Aggies' top five finishers.

The Aggies will have a week off then travel to Honolulu for the 2011 WAC Cross Country Championships where they will likely be favored to bring home the conference title on both the men's and women's sides.