ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.—The New Mexico State cross country team continued its early-season success at the Lobo Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M., on Saturday. The women’s team finished first above New Mexico and UTEP, while the men’s team placed third.
In the 5K run, the women's team swept the top-three spots on the day. The team was paced by junior Diana Hawk, who finished first overall with a time of 19:14. This is the first time Hawk has finished first in the Lobo Invitational, but she has finished first overall in NM State's first two competitions this season.
Hawk was followed by junior Megan McNally, who finished second overall with a time of 19:28. This is McNally's second competition as an Aggie and has finished second for the Aggies both times this season. She was followed by senior Sarabel Bojorquez, who finished in third place with a time of 19:36.
Senior Christiana Barela finished fourth for the Aggies and sixth overall with a time of 20:03. Senior Gael Sanchez finished 11th with a time of 20:21.
"The women's team is starting to come together," assistant coach Christopher Huff said. "The front three are really strong right now. The women are really running well."
This was the first time since 2008 that the Lobo Invitational tallied team scores and the Aggie women took first place, defeating the UNM and UTEP. The Aggies finished with 19 points, the Lobos finished second with a score of 36 and UTEP finished with 46 points.
In the men's 5K run the Aggies were led by junior Nathan Starr, who finished 11th overall with a time of 15:59. Starr continues to make an immediate impact on the Aggies since transferring to the team this season. The Lobo Invitational marks the second time he's finished first for the Aggies this season.
Starr was followed by Daniel Rubio, who finished 12th overall with a time of 16:03.
The men's team finished with 35 points, which was third to UNM's 20 points and UTEP's 19.
"The men are still coming together as a group," Huff said. "They're still trying to figure out how they fit together but they still had a good showing. Anytime you can go up to Albuquerque and run well it's a good thing."
The Aggies next competition is the Lori Fitzgerald Invitational in Horizon City, Texas, on Friday, Sept. 13.