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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 >>

Forty Eight Aggie Freshmen And Transfers Earn 2009-2010 Academic All-WAC Honors

DENVER -- The 2009-10 academic All-WAC freshmen and transfers have been announced and NM State had 48 student-athletes honored. The Aggies' soccer team led the way with 11 honorees, swimming and diving had nine honorees, Chelsa McDonnell, Camille Schultz and Courtney Schultz earned honors for three different sports, women's cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field. The softball team had seven honorees, baseball had five, men's cross country had four, volleyball, women's basketball and football each had two and the men's and women's golf teams each had one.

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Men's And Women's Cross Country Named To The USTRCCCA All-Academic Team Lists

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

NEW ORLEANS, LA - The New Mexico State men's and women's cross country teams have earned All-Academic Team honors announced by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTRCCCA) Monday, March 8. The women's team tallied a 3.31 cumulative grade point average after the fall 2009 semester, while the men's team had a cumulative grade point average of 3.5.

"Our student-athletes know that their job here at New Mexico State is to get their degrees," men's and women's cross country coach Paul Harkins said. "Being an athlete is a great opportunity for a lot of them but when they come to college getting a degree is priority number one. Both teams are doing a great job, working hard on both the course and the classroom and these two awards prove that."  Continue Reading This Post >>

Sanchez Galaz, Egan Noble and Cuellar To Be Inducted Into First Community Bank/NM State Athletics Hall of Fame

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State Athletics Department together with First Community Bank announced Monday, January 4, that former women’s basketball standout Mari Sanchez Galaz, women’s golfer Jane Egan Noble and track & field/cross country great Rachael Cuellar will be inducted into the First Community Bank/NM State Athletics Hall of Fame.

The ceremony is set to take place at halftime of the men's basketball game, Saturday, February 27 against Boise State in Las Cruces. The NMSU Hall of Fame, which is located in the Pan American Center, honors outstanding student-athletes, coaches, teams and benefactors from Aggie past.

When Aggie fans hear the name Mari Sanchez, images of a prolific shooter from behind the three-point arc come to mind. Now married to Las Cruces native Adrian Galaz, Sanchez Galaz is just as accomplished off the court as she was on the hardwood.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Women's Cross Country Team Tabbed As Favorites To Win The WAC Championship Meet

The New Mexico State women's cross country team was ranked first in the pre-championship WAC coaches poll which was released on Monday afternoon. The Aggies are coming off a victory in the Bronco Invitational in Sunnyvale, Calif. where they defeated four other WAC teams who were in the competition.

Assistant coach Paul Harkins was excited about the team being picked to win but knows that being first in the pre-championship polls are not what matters most. "We're excited for sure. Obviously the goal is to be ranked 1st at the end of the meet but it's exciting." He added, "The girls are deserving, they've been working their tails off and it's good to see that they've earned the respect of the other conference coaches. But like I said, rankings don't mean a ton until after you're ranked first after the meet. That's the goal and that's what we're hoping to get. It's definitely nice for the ladies, their sights are set on the meet and not just the rankings leading up to it."

The men's team was picked to finish 5th by the coaches. Last season the men's and women's teams were both picked to finish 6th. The men's team finished the meet in 6th and the women's team in 4th.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Courtney Schultz Named WAC Cross Country Athlete Of The Week; Both Teams Earn Regional Rankings

Courtney SchultzThe WAC office announced on Tuesday afternoon that Aggie freshman cross country runner Courtney Schultz was named WAC Women's Cross Country Athlete of the Week for her performance at the Bronco Invitational in Sunnyvale, Calif. Schultz finished third at the Bronco Invitational in the 5K with a time of 17:20. "I'm very very proud of her. Courtney ran awesome this past weekend. She couldn't have been more deserving," said assistant coach Paul Harkins. "Running as fast as she did and placing as high as she did at such a large invitational was an absolutely fantastic accomplishment."

For Schultz it was a season best mark and she helped lead the Aggie women's team to the team title, beating out 16 other squads including WAC foes Nevada, Hawai'i, Fresno State, Boise State and San Jose State. For the Aggies' it is their first WAC honor of the season and the first for the team since Ingrid Flores earned back-to-back WAC Cross Country Athlete of the Week honors in September of last year.

The Aggies' strong showing at the Bronco Invitational on both the women's and men's side did not go unnoticed as the US Track and Field Coaches Association Regional Polls were released on Tuesday. The Aggie men's team moved up one spot to No. 14 in the Mountain Region while the women's team made their first appearance in the polls this season at No. 12 in the Mountain Region.  Continue Reading This Post >>

40 Aggies Earn 2009 Academic All-WAC Freshmen And Tranfers Honor

DENVER, CO - The 2008-09 Academic All-WAC freshman and transfer teams have been announced. A total of 36 freshman and transfer student-athletes from 12 Aggie sports were named to the list.

Kyle Decater, Jr.
Benjamin Harty, Jr.
Cory Hill, Jr.
Chace Perkins, So.
Nathaniel Shaver, Jr.
Michael Sodders, Jr.
Max Taylor, Jr.  Continue Reading This Post >>

29 Aggies Honored For Academic Success By The WAC

The WAC honored its student athletes this week with the announcement of the 2008 Fall Semester Academic All-WAC Teams. A total of 29 NMSU student athletes from four Aggie sports were named to the Academic All-WAC Teams. The criteria for making the Academic All-WAC Team is as follows: 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.

Congratulations to the following Aggies for the continued academic success:

Men's Cross Country
Michael Hart, So., Patrick Hernandez, So., Joshua Sifuentes, Gr., Daniel Waldo, Sr.

Women's Cross Country
Ingrid Flores, Jr., Brandi Gutierrez, So., Christina Herrera, Jr., Brittany Hurtado, So.

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One Of A Kind, Amy Arenas Excels For NMSU Cross Country

Written By: NMSU Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - In the sport of cross country, if a runner takes seconds off her time from one season to the next it is looked at as a solid improvement.  But if she erases minutes off from one season to the next, it is looked as significant accomplishment that happens to very few athletes.  New Mexico State women's cross country sophomore Amy Arenas is one of the few.
The Las Cruces native joined the Aggies' cross country team on her own accord after graduating from Mayfield High School in 2006.  The energetic harrier stands at 5-4 and always has a smile on her face.
Assistant coaches Meaghan Gregory and Paul Harkins said that Arenas is one of the most positive student-athletes on the team and that they could not be prouder of her transformation since high school. 
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