Las Cruces, N.M. - The NM State cross country team ran against several national powerhouses today, and came out near the top.
NM State traveled up I-25 to run in the Lobo Invitational to compete against New Mexico, UTEP, and Texas A&M among several others. It was a non-scored meet but NM State still finished strongly.
The defending WAC Champion NM State women's team finished well with three girls running the course time faster than any previous Aggie had. The previous best by an Aggie was 18:45 in the 5K and Courtney Schultz, Camille Schultz and Chelsa McDonnell all ran it under 18:25.
Courtney Shultz ran the course in a blistering speed of 17:48 while her sister wasn't far behind with a time of 17:51. McDonnell also had a speedy time, coming in at 18:24.
On the men's side Ian Ruybalid paced NM State with a time of 25:21 in the men's 8K race. The men had five runners faster than their fastest time last year at the same meet. Also finishing strongly for the men were Kevin Taft with a time of 25:26 and Anthony Ellis coming in at 25:39.
"Were well ahead of where we were last year at this time," assistant coach Paul Harkins said.
The NM State cross country team competes again Sept. 18 at 8:45 a.m. in their home meet the Kachina Classic, held at the NM State golf course.