Cross Country News

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Cross Country News

Kevin Palmer Named WAC Men's Cross Country Athlete Of The Week

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - New Mexico State’s Kevin Palmer has been named the Verizon Western Athletic Conference men’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week for Oct. 3-9. 

Palmer, a sophomore from Albuquerque, N.M. (Eldorado HS), posted his best overall finish of the season at the Grand Canyon Invitational last week. Palmer placed eighth overall with an 8K time of 25:47.9, beating out athletes from No. 23 Arizona State and Arizona.

Jonah Ruybalid Named WAC Men's Cross County Athlete Of The Week

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO – New Mexico State’s Johan Ruybalid has been named the Verizon Western Athletic Conference men’s and women’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week for Sept. 5-11. 

Ruybalid, a junior from Los Lunas, N.M. (Los Lunas HS), placed fifth overall at the Lori Fitzgerald Invitational last week. It marks the second-straight week that Ruybalid has finished with the best overall time for New Mexico State in an event. Ruybalid placed fifth at the event with a time of 21:43.4.

Paul Harkins Takes Over As Men’s Cross Country, Middle Distance and Distance Coach At Yale

Written By: Yale Sports Publicity

NEW HAVEN, CT - Paul Harkins, who has spent the past four seasons as an assistant coach at New Mexico State, has been named men's cross country, middle distance and distance coach at Yale. David Shoehalter, Yale's Mark T. Young '68 Director of Cross Country and Track and Field, made the announcement Monday.

Harkins helped the New Mexico State women's cross country team to the first WAC championship in school history in 2009, just two years after he took over a team that had finished seventh in 2006. He was also a part of the men's cross country team's highest finish in school history -- second place in 2010. The men were coming off a seventh-place finish when Harkins arrived in Las Cruces in 2007. He worked at Brown prior to that.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Men's And Women's Cross Country Teams Earn USTFCCCA All-Academic Team Honors

The New Mexico State men's and women's teams earn All-Academic Team status as announced by the United State Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association on Thursday. A total of 10 members from the men's cross country team maintain at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA and a total of six members from the women's team maintain at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA.

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 regional at their respective NCAA regional championship.

The men's team maintains 3.41 team cumulative GPA through the fall of 2010 while the women's team maintains a 3.11 team cumulative GPA through the fall of 2010.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Forty Two Fall Sports Aggie Athletes Earn Academic All-WAC

DENVER, CO - The 2010-11 Academic All-WAC men’s and women’s cross country, football, soccer and volleyball teams were announced for fall. A total of 330 WAC student-athletes were named to the list for the fall including 42 student-athletes from New Mexico State. To be eligible, a student-athlete must have completed at least one academic year, have at least a 3.0 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 at New Mexico State:  Continue Reading This Post >>

Watch Aggie Cross Country Online At Pre-National Invitational

Aggie fans can watch the men's and women's cross country teams compete at teh 2010 Pre-National Invitational on Saturday, October 16. Both the women's and men's races will be streamed online for free via Flotrack.com. Registration is required to view the online video stream.

The women's team is competing in the 6K White race which will start at 11:35 a.m. CT. The Aggies will be competing against Air Force, Arizona State, Baylor, Bucknell, Butler, Cal Poly, Cincinnati, Colorado, Florida, Georgetown, Georgia, Harvard, Illinois, Indiana State, Jacksonville, James Madison, Kansas, Kansas State, LaSalle, Louisville, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Montana State, North Carolina State, Northwestern, Ohio University, Rice, San Francisco, Stanford, Stony Brook, Toledo, UC‐Santa Barbara, Utah, Utah State, Utah Valley, Western Kentucky, Washington State and Wisconsin.

The men's team will be competing in the 8K White race which is slated to start at 12:50 p.m. CT. The men's White field includes Air Force, Alabama, Arizona State, Butler, BYU, Central Michigan, Cal Poly, Cincinnati, Colorado, Columbia, Eastern Kentucky, Georgetown, Harvard, Indiana State, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, LaSalle, Liberty, Loyola Marymount, Minnesota, Morehead State, North Carolina State, Notre Dame, Ohio University, Oklahoma, Portland, Providence, Southern Utah, Tennessee, Toledo, Tulsa, Utah State, Western Kentucky and Washington State.

Family Matters :: Aggie Cross Country Feels Like Home

A quick scan of the Aggie cross country roster reveals three things, one there are four sets of siblings on the men's and women's teams, the Ruybalid brothers, the Hart brothers, Schultz sisters and the brother and sister combination of Marcus and Carly Porter. Two, the cross country coaches Paul and Meaghan Harkins are married. And three, the overwhelming majority of athletes are from in-state.

So what makes such a unique situation possible? Cross country coach Paul Harkins, who married women's cross country coach Meaghan Gregory last summer, says it's part genetics, part luck and a lot of hard work. For the Aggies, the family atmosphere starts at the top. "My wife and I are both coaching here and we have a family atmosphere with us [as coaches]."

So aside from a family atmosphere, which is something all teams strive for, how does one cross country program end up with three sets of siblings? "Distance running talent is genetic a lot of the time," says Coach Harkins. "If you get one kid and they have a sibling who is looking up their older brother or older sister, you treat them [the older sibling] well and they're doing good things and they're showing improvement, they [younger sibling] may want to follow them, especially if they're having some success," Harkins explained. Harkins chuckled a bit as he added one caveat, "As long as they have a good relationship with their sibling."  Continue Reading This Post >>

Back For More :: Aggie Women's Cross Country Team Aims For Repeat And Bid To Nationals

The Aggie women's cross country team enters the 2010 season in an unfamiliar, yet welcome position: Defending WAC champions. From a sixth place finish in 2007 to a disappointing fourth place finish in 2008 with the conference meet being held at home in Las Cruces, the Aggies erased that disappointment by winning the championship meet last year behind a one-two finish from freshmen twin sisters Courtney and Camille Schultz.

Losing just two members from that championship team from a year ago, the expectations are even higher heading into this season. Back for the 2010 campaign are the Schultz sisters along with Chelsa McDonnell and Brittany Hurtado who finished 9th and 10th respectively at the conference championship meet last season. "Chelsa's running right there with the Schultz's right now and has really raised her level of dedication and her level of expectations of herself as well," said Coach Harkins. "Brittany Hurtado had an illness this summer but is back and doing really well. I think she's is running better than she was at this point in time last year."

The Aggies have added 11 new runners on the women's side including a junior college transfer from Moorpark Community College who head coach Park Harkins expects to compete for a top five spot on the squad.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Rising Stars :: Aggie Men's Cross Country Takes Aim At A Conference Championship

To understand just how big the strides the men's cross country team has taken, you have to go back to the 2006 season, the year before head coaches Paul and Meaghan Harkins arrived at New Mexico State. "The year before we got here they only had six men on the roster," said Coach Harkins. That's six out of a possible 20 spots. Over the course of the past three seasons, the Aggies have been able to fully stock their men's roster. "Now we have 20, we're maxed out."

Expectations back then were virtually non-existent. "I remember the first year we were here when we beat Louisiana Tech on the men's side," recalled Coach Harkins. "The guys were like, "Yay! We beat one finally. And we [coaches] were like, "What? You beat one? We need to do a little more than that."

The program has grown exponentially since that first season when not finishing last place was cause for celebration. "Raising the level of expectations is what we've been trying to do and the athletes have really bought into it as well," said Coach Harkins.

No longer an afterthought at New Mexico State and no longer an afterthought in the WAC, the men's team has displayed their potential the past two seasons finishing a program-best 4th place at the WAC Championship meet last season and the year before, in 2008, winning the Arizona State Invitational, the men's team's first victory in several seasons.  Continue Reading This Post >>