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Courtney Schultz Named WAC Cross Country Athlete Of The Week For Third Time In 2012

DENVER, CO - New Mexico State's Courtney Schultz has been named the Western Athletic Conference women's Cross Country Athlete of the Week for Oct. 8-14.

Schultz, a senior from Cloudcroft, N.M. (Cloudcroft H.S.), finished first overall for all scoring individuals with a time of 17:00.5 in the women's 5K at the Bronco Invitational in Sunnyvale, Calif., on Saturday, Oct. 13. This is the second time this season Schultz has finished first overall and the fourth time she has finished first for N.M. State. Schultz assisted the Aggies to a third-place finish, defeating nationally ranked PAC-12 schools Colorado and UCLA.

Aggies Sweep Weekly Cross Country Awards

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - New Mexico State's Jonah Ruyablid and Sarabel Bojorquez have been named the Western Athletic Conference men's and women's Cross Country Athletes of the Week, respectively, for Oct. 1-7.

Ruybalid, a senior from Los Lunas, N.M. (Los Lunas HS), continued his winning streak for NM State when he finished first for the Aggies and third overall with a time of 24:59.9 in the Grand Canyon Invitational. Ruybalid has finished first for NM State in every event he has competed in this season. His time helped earn the Aggies a dominating win at the meet, the first win for the men's team this season.   Continue Reading This Post >>

Courtney Schultz Named WAC Cross Country Athlete Of The Week

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - New Mexico State's Courtney Schultz has been named the Western Athletic Conference women's Cross Country Athlete of the Week for Sept. 24-30.

Schultz, a senior from Cloudcroft, N.M. (Cloudcroft HS), posted one of her best career results when she finished second overall at the Rim Rock Collegiate Invitational with a time of 20:30.90, finishing just one second behind Rebecca Addison of Michigan on the 6K course. The race came down to a two person finish as the third-place finisher crossed the finish line 15 seconds behind Schultz, who became the second fastest runner to finish that particular course design.

Courtney Schultz Named WAC Athlete Of The Week

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State University senior Courtney Schultz was named the female cross country Western Athletic Conference Athlete of the Week for the week of Aug. 27-Sept. 2.

Schultz, a senior from Cloudcroft, N.M. (Cloudcroft HS), won the Lobo Invitational individual title in Albuquerque, N.M., on Friday, Aug. 30, in the Aggies first race of the 2012 season, finishing the 5K course in 18:11.9. Schultz, the 2011 WAC Champion, edged out her sister Camille by 4.8 seconds for the races top spot.

Schultz became the first female cross country athlete to win the award for the 2012 season.

Schultz began the 2012 regular season just as strongly as she finished the 2011 season-by finishing first place overall. The last team event for cross country Schultz competed in was the WAC Championships in 2011 where Schultz finished first overall as the Aggies finished second overall in the conference.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NM State Cross Country Ready For 2012 Season Opener

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State University cross country team is ready to begin a new season after finishing off the best season in school history from last year.

Last year the men's and women's cross country squads each finished second at the 2011 Western Athletic Conference Championships. Neither team ever finished as strongly as the Aggies did from last season.

The men's squad will have eight returning athletes and the women's squad will have 15 returners. Of the returning athletes, senior twins Courtney and Camille Schultz will head up the women's team and the men's team will follow the lead of senior brothers Jonah and Ian Ruybalid.

The Aggies will also have a group of strong incoming freshman that will be able to compete early and contribute to the team right away. The men's squad will add five new Aggies to their roster and the women's team has four incoming athletes.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Men's Cross Country Earns Preseason Regional Ranking

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - Five Western Athletic Conference schools earned preseason recognition after being ranked in the top 15 of their respective regional rankings by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

Utah State and New Mexico State appear in the men's Mountain Region rankings, placing eighth and 12th, respectively. Idaho's men were chosen 15th in the West Region. WAC newcomers, UTSA, round out the men's preseason standings, being ranked eighth in the South Central Region.

On the women's side, Idaho begins the 2012 season as the 14th ranked team in the West Region. Both UTSA and Texas State show up in the South Central Region at sixth and 13th, respectively.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Christopher Huff Added To Cross Country And Track And Field Coaching Staff

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Head cross country and track and field coach Orin Richburg recently added Christopher Huff to assist the coaching staff with the upcoming indoor and outdoor track season.

Huff will be assisting in coaching the cross country teams, as well as the distance runners for the track and field team.

Huff's most recent coaching experience stems from New England College where he was the head coach for cross country from 2005-07. During his three-year tenure at New England College, Huff led his team to one Commonwealth Coast Conference championship and helped break nine school records in track and field. Huff also coached two CCC Rookie of the Year athletes and five CCC All-Conference athletes.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Forty Nine Aggies Earn 2011 Fall Academic All-WAC Honors

DENVER, CO - Forty-nine student-athletes represented New Mexico State University when the Western Athletic Conference released the 2011 fall sports Academic All-WAC Team, Tuesday, Jan. 17.

The five sports represented were Men's and Women's Cross Country, Football, Soccer and Volleyball. Men’s and Women’s Cross Country received the most honors with 11 each, Football and Soccer tallied 10 apiece and Volleyball had seven student-athletes honored.

This list included the likes of All-American honorable mention Jennah DeVries, all-WAC selection Courtney Schultz and Academic All-American David Niumatalolo.

To be eligible, a student-athlete must have completed at least one academic year, have at least a 3.00 cumulative grade point average and have participated in at least 50 percent of the team's contests. The following is a list of the fall sport honorees:  Continue Reading This Post >>

WAC Cross Country Pre-Championship Coaches' Poll Released; Aggie Men Picked Third, Women Picked Second

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - The Western Athletic Conference announced its men’s and women’s cross country pre-championship coaches’ polls, as voted on by the eight 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 five of the past six men’s WAC championships, was picked to win the men’s title. The Aggies received five first-place votes and 25 points. Idaho captured second place with 20 points with one first place vote. New Mexico State claimed the third spot with 18 points. With 13 points, Fresno State was voted fourth. San Jose State and Louisiana Tech followed in a tie for fifth place with seven points each.

Idaho, the 2010 WAC women’s champion, was selected first with five first-place votes and 46 overall points. 2009 champion New Mexico State followed closely in second with two first-place votes for 43 points. With 38 points and one first place vote, Utah State was picked to finish third. Fresno State received 31 points to capture the fourth spot, while Nevada was ranked fifth with 27 points. Hawai‘i was selected sixth with 17 points, followed by San Jose State in seventh with 15 points. Louisiana Tech was selected eighth with seven points.

The 2011 Western Athletic Conference cross country championships will take place in Honolulu, Hawaii on Saturday, Oct. 29.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Wins Duke City Marathon

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Senior Michael Hart placed first overall with a time of 2:41:18 in the Duke City Marathon in Albuquerque, N.M., on Sunday, Oct. 23.

Hart participated in the full marathon, stretching a distance of 26.2 miles. Hart was one of about 5,100 participants in the Duke City Marathon.

Hart competed in the Duke City Marathon in 2010, the first time ever competing in a full marathon. Hart received a medal for his first place finish.

Hart was the only Aggie who participated in the men's marathon. Hart beat out two runners from UNM during the marathon on his way to first place.

"Winning the marathon was another way to stick it to the Lobos," Hart said.

Hart said he was able to pass the first-place runner with two miles left in the marathon to take possession of first place. Hart never gave up first place after taking it over.  Continue Reading This Post >>