Courtney Schultz Finishes 6th At Mountain Regional, Earns NCAA National Bid

A year after recording the highest finish ever by an Aggie cross country athlete at the Mountain Regionals, senior harrier Courtney Schultz bettered that mark by finishing sixth at the 2012 NCAA Mountain Regional meet in Fort Collins, Colo. on Friday. The Aggie senior will head to Louisville, KY for the National Championship meet for the second consecutive year after earning an automatic qualifying spot by being one of the top four individual finishers not on an automatic qualifying team.

Schultz's sister Camille finished a career-best 21st in her final race as an Aggie with a time of 21:10.4. The women's team finished in 16th place as Sarabel Bojorquez (23:46.0) finished 114th, Mayra Chavez (23:56.8) finished 119th and Caroline Lewiecki (24:10.0) finished 122nd joining the Schultz sisters as the top five finishers for New Mexico State.

On the men's side Kevin Palmer repeated as the top Aggie finisher at the NCAA regional meet finishing 67th overall with a time of 32:10.7 in the 10K race. Jonah Ruybalid crossed second for the Aggies with a time of 32:11.9 followed by Paul Raymond (32:19.1) who finished 72nd, Ian Ruybalid (33:00.6) in 88th and Ryan Fenton (33:09.4) in 93rd rounding out the top five Aggie finishers.