LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State cross country team finished well at the Kachina Classic, its lone home meet of the year. Both Aggie teams placed second in the meet, an improvement from last year when both teams placed third.
NM State was led by Camille Schultz on the women's side and Kevin Taft on the men's. Both Aggies placed fourth overall with Schultz finishing the women's 5K race in a time of 17:32 and Taft pacing the men in the 8K race with a time of 25:26.
The Aggies also had Chelsa McDonnell (18:31) and Samantha Thompson (18:37) place in the top-10 for the women, placing eighth and tenth respectively. The men finished strong as well with Robert Selph (8th), Anthony Ellis (9th), and Terry Williams (10th) joining Taft in the top-10.
"It was a good job by the men and women across the board," head coach Orin Richburg said. "It was a good start to the season against some rivals."
UTEP grabbed the men's and women's titles with the men grabbing the top three spots in the men's 8K and the women placing three runners in the top five.
Individually, Justice Chirchir of UTEP claimed the men's title with a time of 24:49 in the 8K while Risper Kimaiyo of UTEP won the women's 5k with a time of 16:30. Kimaiyo won the Kachina Classic last year as well.
"It's nice to run at home with no added stress of travel," assistant coach Paul Harkins said. "We did a great job and we're happy with our overall performance."
NM State's next meet is the Lori Fitzgerald Invitational this Thursday in Santa Teresa, N.M. The meet begins at 11 a.m.