NMSU Cross Country Women Finish 3rd, Men Fifth At WAC Championships

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

SEATTLE, WA - New Mexico State women’s cross country finished third and men’s cross country finished fifth at the Western Athletic Conference Championships on Saturday. Utah Valley claimed the women’s title and UMKC won the men’s title.

In total the Aggies had four student-athletes named to All-WAC teams. For the women, junior Crissey Amberg was named First Team All-WAC, while junior Cassey Amberg and sophomore Stephanie Quintero were named Second Team All-WAC. For the men, senior David Colmenero was named Second Team All-WAC. Additionally, Julia Yescas was named the WAC Women’s Freshman of the Year.

In the Women’s 5k, NM State was paced by Crissey Amberg, who finished sixth with a time of 18:24.40. Next in was Stephanie Quintero in 13th with a time of 18:46.70, followed by Cassey Amberg in 14th with a time of 18:47.10. Julia Yescas was the first freshman finisher, coming in 18th with a time of 18:54.10. Sophomore Nichole Gomez finished in 21st with a time of 18:59.60. Sophomore Regina Marquez finished in 19:11.90. Freshman Corinne Hanson rounded out the Aggies’ team score finishing in 40th with a time of 19:45.10. Freshman Meghan Aguilera and junior Sydney Salas wrapped up the NM State runners with times of 19:50.20 and 20:21.90, respectively.

In the men’s 8k, the Aggies were led by David Colmenero with a ninth place finish and a time of 25:34.20. Next in was senior Marco Perez in 14th with a time of 25:50.40. Sophomore Aaron Valenzuela finished 25th with a time of 26:27.90. Junior Eli Kosgei finished 30th with a time of 26:37.40. Seniors Ricardo De Santiago and Herb Beyale III finished in 32nd and 33rd with times of 26:40.50 and 26:43.90, respectively. Senior Marchez Coriz rounded out the NM State team score with a 38th place finish and a time of 26:56.10. Senior Stephen Wallace finished with a time of 27:18.10. Junior Daniel Gonzalez wrapped the Aggie runners with a time of 29:30.90.

NM State will now begin to prepare for the NCAA Mountain Regionals on Nov. 11 in Logan, Utah.