OGDEN, UTAH – The New Mexico State men’s and women’s cross country teams finished the 2013 season at the NCAA Mountain Regional on Friday afternoon, Nov. 15, with Diana Hawk leading the Aggies women and Daniel Rubio pacing the men.
Hawk, a junior from Albuquerque, N.M., paced the Aggie women with a 61st-place finish in the women’s 6k with a time of 21:56. Fellow junior Megan McNally was the next from NM State to cross the finish line in 22 minutes and 26.5 seconds, good for 88th. Senior Christy Barela was not far behind McNally with a time of 22:32.2 to finish the race in 96th. Seniors Sarabel Bojorquez and Gael Sanchez finished in 119th and 121st place, respectively.
"The women also had a lot of personal records and they're moving in the right direction. They all did well today," assistant coach Christopher Huff said.
The women’s team finished in 19th place overall, which was ahead of I-10 rival UTEP, which finished in 20th place. The race was led by New Mexico’s Sammy Silva with a time of 20:29.3.
On the men’s side, Rubio led the Aggies with a time of 32:24.1 in the 10k race. His time was good enough for a 90th-place finish, while junior Nathan Starr was just behind his teammate in 98th place with a time of 32:43.2. Juniors Even Bekes and Erik Perez along with sophomore Jason Saiz rounded out the Aggie men’s team finishing in 109th, 113th and 115th place, respectively.
“On the men's side we had a lot of personal records. It was really an eye opening experience for our guys in a regional round,” Huff said.
The men’s race was paced by Kennedy Kithuka of Texas Tech (29:23.6) and UTEP’s Anthony Rotich was just steps behind with a time of 29:39.5.
The season concludes with the men’s team finishing in the top three on four occasional, while the women’s team claimed three meet titles this fall.