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.
bleedCrimson.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 >>