bleedCrimson.net Weekly Coach Richburg Interview

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bleedCrimson.net Weekly Coach Richburg Interview

bleedCrimson.net Coach Harkins Interview :: 10/14/09

bleedCrimson.net will be conducting regular interviews with the New Mexico State cross country coaching staff as the Aggies enter their third season under head coach Orin Richburg. We spoke with assistant coach Paul Harkins about the men's and women's cross country squads and some of their team's performance against UNM as well as a preview of their meet in Santa Clara, Calif.

Meaghan GregorybleedCrimson.net: Your thoughts on the dual meet with UNM on Friday outside of Elephant Butte?
Paul Harkins: It was a good race. It gave us an additional opportunity for our second group of kids to get an additional race opportunity and fight for a spot to go to some of the later season races. We did pretty well. Kevin Palmer ran unattached again, we're red-shirting him this year. But he led us on the men's side and was third overall behind two guys from UNM. Victor Sanchez was our next guy so Victor earned a spot to go with us to the Santa Clara meet this weekend.

On the women's side Emma Hamilton and April Lewis were our top two finishers. A couple of the women had some falls, it was kind of a rough course, kind of rocky. April took a tumble but she was right with Emma at the turn and then on the way back she lost a little bit of ground because of the fall. I think April definitely deserves, we're giving her another chance to run this weekend at Santa Clara. She and Emma are going as well.  Continue Reading This Post >>

bleedCrimson.net Coach Harkins Interview :: 10/06/09

bleedCrimson.net will be conducting regular interviews with the New Mexico State cross country coaching staff as the Aggies enter their third season under head coach Orin Richburg. We spoke with assistant coach Paul Harkins about the men's and women's cross country squads and their performance Cowboy Jamboree in Stillwater, Okla. as well as their upcoming head to head duel against in-state rival New Mexico.

Kevin TaftbleedCrimson.net: Your thoughts on this past weekend's performance at the Cowboy Jamboree in Stillwater? Your men's team finished 11th at the meet.
Paul Harkins: They did run pretty well. They ran tough. Aside from all the scoring errors. As far as team results go it was pretty close with a couple other teams. I think we beat a couple teams that are ranked within their respective regions and we weren't too far behind Texas Tech which is nice because they're in our region. I think we definitely closed the gap. I think we're capable of a lot more. They ran tough, they ran gutsy. Ian Ruybalid was phenomenal for us, he ran a 25:22 on a pretty tough course. Kevin Taft had a great race for us. He was our 5th guy, he's been running kind of 8/9 for us typically but he just closed like a demon over the second half of the course and really picked off a lot of guys in the second half and ran really well.

bc.net: All the men finished in the Top 100 individually, talk about what that means for your kids.
PH: It's definitely something we probably wouldn't have been able to do two years ago. It shows the progress that we've made. I think we're still capable of a lot more. Ian was in the 50s and I think if we're going to be real successful come conference time we're going to need to close the gap up on Ian a little bit but I think we're capable of that too. Ideally we'll have five guys within a 30 to 40 second period. If we do that we probably would have had five guys within the Top 85 at that meet. That meet was huge, I think there were 30 teams competing. Any time you can go and finish in the top third of that many schools out there, for a building program that's pretty good success.  Continue Reading This Post >>

bleedCrimson.net Coach Harkins Interview :: 09/30/09

bleedCrimson.net will be conducting regular interviews with the New Mexico State cross country coaching staff as the Aggies enter their third season under head coach Orin Richburg. We spoke with assistant coach Paul Harkins about the men's and women's cross country squads and their performance at the Kachina Classic, the men's team earning a No. 15 ranking in the Mountain Region and their upcoming meet in Stillwater, Okla. in the Cowboy Jamboree

bleedCrimson.net: Your men's team earned a No. 15 ranking in the Mountain Region in the polls that were released this week.
Paul Harkins: The men are well improved team this year. I think it's deserving and I think it's something to build on for the rest of the season. I know we're capable of more than Top 15 but it's nice to be recognized in the region with a ranking like that.  Continue Reading This Post >>

bleedCrimson.net Weekly Coach Richburg Interview :: 09/02/09

bleedCrimson.net will be conducting regular interviews with the New Mexico State cross country coaching staff as the Aggies enter their third season under head coach Orin Richburg. We spoke with assistant coach Paul Harkins about the men's and women's cross country squads and got the coaching staff's outlook on the 2009 season. The Aggies return just about everyone from their 2008 squad and have high expectations for this year's group.

bleedCrimson.net: Talk about your squad. You lost just two seniors on the men's side and one on the women's side.
Paul Harkins: We definitely loaded up. The men we brought in six new freshmen to replace the two seniors and three of them are capable right off the bat of running in our top five. On the women's side we brought in six or seven new freshmen also and right now we have seven girls of capable of running as well as our top three did last year.  Continue Reading This Post >>

bleedCrimson.net Weekly Coach Richburg Interview :: 11/13/08 :: NCAA Regional Meet Preview

bleedCrimson.net will be interviewing the coaches from the men's and women's cross country teams throughout their season. This week we spoke with assistant coach Paul Harkins about the men's and women's teams upcoming meet at the NCAA regionals in Fort Collins, CO. The men's team will feature Josh Sifuentes, Ian Ruybalid, Michael Hart, Patrick Hernandez, Anthony Ellis, James Nduati and Marcus Porter. The women's team will feature Ingrid Flores, Brandi Gutierrez, Amy Arenas, Brittany Hurtado, Christina Herrera, Rayanna Fernandez and Jessica Payne.

bleedCrimson.net: Your team didn't quite have the finish that you wanted at the WAC Championship meet a couple weeks ago, what have you been able to take away from that to help you prepare for this week?
Paul Harkins: We've talked to everybody about how, yeah, we were a little disappointed at WAC but now is a great opportunity to redeem ourselves and run the way we're capable of doing. That's kind of what we've been talking about, using this as another opportunity for redemption. We're facing two of the three WAC teams that beat us so it'll be nice to get another shot at them.  Continue Reading This Post >>

bleedCrimson.net Women's Cross Country Interview :: Championship Edition

The Aggies are hosting the 2008 Men's and Women's Cross Country Championships on Saturday at the NMSU Golf Course. We talked with three of the key members of the women's team, junior Ingrid Flores, sophomore Brandi Gutierrez and sophomore Amy Arenas to get their thoughts on the season, their improvements and their thoughts on the championship meet.

bleedCrimson.net: Ingrid, you won the outdoor 5k at the WAC tournament and you were back-to-back WAC XC athlete of the week, then a couple weekends ago you were 6th at the Santa Clara invitational with a time of 17:38, almost a minute and a half faster than your result last year. What's been the biggest factor in your improvement and success this season.
Ingrid Flores: I think the biggest fact was just a mental reconstruction. I just went back and looked at all my races last year and I just said to myself I wanted to do a bit better and I wanted to improve in that. It all started last winter for me, that whole radical change.  Continue Reading This Post >>

bleedCrimson.net Men's Cross Country Interview :: Championship Edition

The Aggies are hosting the 2008 Men's and Women's Cross Country Championships on Saturday at the NMSU Golf Course. We talked with three of the key members of the men's team, senior Josh Sifuentes, sophomore Michael Hart and freshman Ian Ruybalid to get their thoughts on the season, their improvements and their thoughts on the championship meet.

bleedCrimson.net: Ian, What's it been like for you coming in and being able to have an immediate impact as a freshman?
Ian Ruybalid: It's been great. When I first came here my goal was just to be in the top five. I had no idea I'd finish in the top three on the team in every meet. I've been really pleased with it. I've improved a lot since high school and so I'm really excited about that too.

bc.net: What are you looking forward to most in your first WAC Cross Country Championship meet?
IR: I'm looking forward to the level of the competition. I really want to get Top 14 hopefully. I've just gotta race smart and I want my team to do well too.  Continue Reading This Post >>

bleedCrimson.net Weekly Coach Richburg Interview :: 10/29/08

bleedCrimson.net will be interviewing the coaches from the men's and women's cross country teams throughout their season. This week we spoke with assistant coach Paul Harkins and assistant coach Meaghan Gregory and talked about the upcoming WAC championship meet being hosted in Las Cruces.

bleedCrimson.net: This weekend you host the WAC Cross Country Championship. Talk about the preparation for this week. This is what you've been working toward all season.
Paul Harkins: We've been preparing for this all year long. This has been our focus race for us since last year. Since track season ended we've been looking forward to conference cross country and thinking about what we can do. The preparation has been there, the kids are feeling good, they're very well rested. Their mileage has dropped significantly. I think we're definitely ready to go.
Meaghan Gregory: It's total cliche but championships are won in the offseason. All of our kids worked hard over the summer and came in in great shape and they've been able to up the ante this year because of that. We're ready to go.  Continue Reading This Post >>

bleedCrimson.net Weekly Coach Richburg Interview :: 10/08/08

bleedCrimson.net will be interviewing the coaches from the men's and women's cross country teams throughout their season. This week we spoke with assistant coach Paul Harkins and talked about the men's and women's teams' first place sweep at Arizona State and their upcoming meet at Santa Clara.

bleedCrimson.net: The men's and women's teams finished in first place at the ASU Invitational. You have to be pleased with the result especially heading into the second half of the season.
Paul Harkins: Yeah, we were definitely excited. It's the first time our men have won a meet in quite some time. The women had nearly a perfect score. I was told that it was the first time in nine years that any school has won both the men's and women's races at Arizona State. I think it just shows that things are going pretty well here and it's a little bit different than it has been in the past and hopefully that's a good thing.  Continue Reading This Post >>

bleedCrimson.net Weekly Coach Richburg Interview :: 09/25/08

bleedCrimson.net will be interviewing the coaches from the men's and women's cross country teams throughout their season. This week we spoke with assistant coach Paul Harkins and talked about the men's and women's teams, Ingrid Flores and the future of Aggie cross country.

bleedCrimson.net: Talk about the men's and women's teams.
Paul Harkins: We are a very much improved program both on the men's and women's side. On the women's side we have a very solid core of athletes led by Ingrid Flores. She was the conference champion last year in the 5k on the outdoor track. We also have the second place girl, Brandi Gutierrez who was our number two in the 5k at conference as well. It's just a great crew, everybody has improved a lot. We're very young on the women's side, we have our entire team back next year.

On the men's team we have eleven new guys this year to go along with our core of returning guys from last year. We have an All-Conference guy from three years ago back, healthy and ready to go in his fifth year. Then we have just a great group of young guys like Michael Hart who led us in every race last year. Ian Ruybalid is a freshman newcomer this year who has been fantastic for us so far. We've got a transfer James Nduati from Dine College, just a bunch of other guys as well. Anthony Ellis is a kid out of Washington who ran 4:14 in the mile. Just a great group.  Continue Reading This Post >>