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Cross Country News

WAC Announces All-Academic Honors for 2015 Spring Sports, Freshmen and Transfers, Sixty-Six Aggies Honored

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - The 2015 Academic All-WAC baseball, softball, men's and women's golf, men's and women's tennis and men's and women's outdoor track and field teams have been announced, in addition to the Academic All-WAC freshmen/transfer teams for all sports.

A total of 311 spring student-athletes were named to the list, while 400 freshmen and transfers were added for a total of 711 student-athletes. To be eligible, a student-athlete must have completed at least one academic year, have at least a 3.2 cumulative grade point average and have participated in at least 50 percent of the team's contests. The following is a list of the honorees:  Continue Reading This Post >>

Hab Rubio Named Western Athletic Conference Men’s Cross Country Athlete Of The Week

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Senior cross country runner Hab Rubio was named the Western Athletic Conference men’s Athlete of the Week for Sept. 30 – Oct. 6 after his performance at the Rim Rock Farm Classic on Saturday, Oct. 4.

Rubio took second place overall at the classic in Lawrence, Kan. with a time of 24:37.80 averaging a 4:57.3 mile.

Rubio has finished first for the Aggies for five consecutive meets that they have competed in: Texas Tech Triangular, Lobo Invite, the Kachina Classic, Lori Fitzgerald and the most recent Rim Rock Farm Classic.
“Rubio has put in a lot of hard work in this season and throughout the summer,” assistant coach Chris Huff said. “ It’s nice to see all the hard word he has committed is starting to pay off and come to fruition.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Daniel Rubio, Diana Hawk Named WAC Cross Country Athletes Of The Week

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - New Mexico State’s Diana Hawk and Daniel Rubio have been named the Western Athletic Conference men’s and women’s Cross Country Athletes of the Week, respectively, for Sept. 2-8.

Hawk, a senior from Albuquerque, N.M. (El Dorado HS), finished seventh with a personal best time of 18:49.81at the Lobo Invitational 5k in Albuquerque, N.M. She led the Aggie’s to a second place team finish. Hawk has finished first for the Aggies for the first two meets of the season for New Mexico State: Texas Tech Triangular and the Lobo Invite.

Rubio, a senior from Port Townsend, Wash. (Port Townsend HS), finished sixth overall at the Lobo Invitational5k with a personal best time of 15:30.6. Rubio has also finished first for the Aggies for the first two meets of the season for New Mexico State.

Aggies Sign Cross Country Athlete

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Head track and field coach Orin Richburg announced Wednesday the signing of Jereme Santistevan, who will join the cross country team in 2014.

Santistevan attends Pojoaque Valley High School in Santa Fe, N.M., where he competed inboth cross country and track.

“We expect an athlete of his caliber to come in and contribute right away,” assistant coach Christopher Huff said. “He understands the vision that we have here at NM State and we’re very excited to have him on the team.”

In his career, Santistevan ran a three-mile run and a 5,000-meter run during the cross country season. His best times as a senior in the three-mile was 16:10.15 and his best time in the 5,000-meter run was 15:28. He finished first overall in the three-mile at the Los Alamos Invite and the 2013 NMAA 3A State Cross Country Championships.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Diana Hawk Named WAC Cross Country Female Athlete Of The Week

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - New Mexico State’s Diana Hawk has been named the Western Athletic Conference women’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week for Sept. 23-29.

Hawk, a junior from Albuquerque, N.M. (Manzano HS), finished first overall in the Kachina Classic, which marks the fourth time this year she’s taken the top overall spot, in just four races. Hawk’s time of 19:11.90 is a season-best in a 5K run. She has led the women’s team to three consecutive first-place finishes. This is her second Athlete of the Week honor this season.

Diana Hawk Named WAC Cross Country Female Athlete Of The Week

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - New Mexico State’s Diana Hawk has been named the Western Athletic Conference women’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week for Sept. 2-8.

Hawk, a sophomore from Albuquerque, N.M. (Manzano HS), finished first overall at the Lobo Invitational with a time of 19:14. She paced the Aggies in the 5K race and led them to a team victory over rivals New Mexico and UTEP. This is the second time that Hawk has finished first overall this season in two races.

Aggie Men's Cross Country Earns Preseason Regional Ranking

DENVER, CO - The New Mexico State men's cross country team was one of four Western Athletic Conference squads earning preseason recognition by being ranked in the top 15 of their respective regional rankings by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

New Mexico State is ranked 15th in the men’s Mountain Region rankings. Fellow WAC member Utah Valley is also in the Mountain region and is ranked seventh in the preseason. Aggie rivals New Mexico and UTEP were ranked fourth and fourteenth respectively

The WAC Cross Country Championship will take place in Seattle, Wash. on Saturday, November 2. The NCAA Division I Regional Championships will be held around the country Friday, November 15.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Cross Country Teams Earn USTFCCCA All-Academic Honors; Courtney Schultz Named Scholar Athlete

NEW ORLEANS, LA - The United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced the teams and individuals who received the organization's All-Academic Awards on Monday. Both the New Mexico State men's and women's teams were among the teams representing the WAC on the All-Academic list. While Courtney Schultz was one of two WAC student-athletes who received individual honors.

To qualify as a USTFCCCA All-Academic Cross Country Team, the team must have had a cumulative team GPA of 3.00 or better and have started at least five runners at their respective NCAA regional championship.

New Mexico State's men (3.243) appeared on the list of 145 Division I programs and the New Mexico State's women (3.357) appeared on a list of 200 Division I programs.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Schultz Sisters Earn All-Region Honors From USTFCCCA; Courtney Schultz Qualifies Individually For NCAA Championships

New Mexico State women's cross country seniors Courtney and Camille Schultz earned All-Region accolades after placing 6th (20:26.6) and 21st (21:10.4) respectively at the NCAA Mountain Region Championships last weekend in Fort Collins, Colo., it was announced Monday by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

Athletes of member schools that finished in the top 25 individually at one of the nine regional sites earned the honor.

The Schultz sisters was two of the three women to represent the Western Athletic Conference on the list, joining Alex Litzsinger from Utah State who finished 19th (21:08.4). Overall, a total of 450 men and women athletes earned All-Region honors.

This is the first All-Region honor for Camille Schultz and the fourth consecutive All-Regional honor for Courtney after earning All-Region in her previous three Mountain Regional meets.
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Aggie Cross Country Teams Picked To Finish Second In Pre-Championship Poll

DENVER - The Western Athletic Conference announced its men's and women's cross country pre-championship coaches' polls, as voted on by the nine head coaches in the league. Utah State was selected as the favorite to win the men's championship, while Idaho was picked to win the women's title.

Utah State, the winner of six of the past seven men's WAC championships, was picked to win the men's title. The Aggies received four first-place votes and 65 points. New Mexico State captured second place with 60 points with two first-place votes. Seattle U claimed the third spot with 58 points, garnering two first-place votes. With 50 points, Idaho was voted fourth. UT Arlington, was two points behind the Vandals, receiving a lone first-place vote and 48 total points. The rest of the men's picture rounds out with UTSA sixth (42), San Jose State seventh (26), Texas State eight (24) and Louisiana Tech ninth (19).

Idaho, the 2010 and 2011 WAC women's champions were selected first with six first-place votes and 68 overall points. Past champions New Mexico State followed closely in second with two first-place votes for 65 points. With 55 points, Utah State was picked to finish third. UTSA received one first-place vote and 53 points to capture the fourth spot, while UT Arlington was ranked fifth with 44 points. Seattle U was selected sixth, totaling 40 points, followed by San Jose State in seventh with 29 points. Closing out the coaches votes were Texas State in eight with 25 points and Louisiana Tech in ninth with 17 points.

The 2012 Western Athletic Conference cross country championships will take place in Ruston, La., on Saturday, Oct. 27.  Continue Reading This Post >>