LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State cross country team finished well in both the men's and women's races at the Paul Short Invitational Friday, Oct. 1.
The women finished 19th overall out of 41 teams. The Aggie women were led by sophomore Courtney Schultz who finished in 28th out of 367 with a time of 21:17 in the women's gold 6K race.
Also finishing well and scoring points for the women were Camille Schultz (40th - 21:23), Chelsa McDonnell (88th - 22:04), Samantha Thompson (162nd - 22:27), and Brittany Hurtado (187th - 22:59). Just out of reach for points for the women were Samantha Hamilton (226th - 23:27) and Jenna Padilla (227th - 23:28).
"Courtney did a great job for us up front," assistant coach Paul Harkins said. "But we need to close up the gap with the women."
For the men, they placed 16th out of 42 teams and were led by junior standout Ian Ruybalid who finished 63rd out of 387 runners with a time of 25:01 in the men's gold 8K race.
"The guys had a small gap but we need to move the pack forward more," Harkins said.
Also finishing in the top five of NM State members and scoring points were Kevin Taft who placed 83rd with a time of 25:07, Anthony Ellis (111th - 25:16), Jonah Ruybalid (112th - 25:16), and Terry Williams (116th - 25:17). Aggies finishing just outside scoring points were Robert Selph at (117th - 25:18) and Kevin Palmer who finished (144th - 25:28).
"It was a solid day," Harkins said. "We know we're capable of more and in two weeks we will show it."
Winning the invitational team title for the men was the University of Virginia with a point total of 132. Winning on the women's side was Georgetown University with a total of 34. Individually the men's gold 8K race was won by Sam Chelanga of Liberty University finishing in a time of 23:34. The women's individual champion was Emily Infeld of Georgetown who came in at 20:04 for the women's gold 6K.
The Aggies next meet is Friday, Oct. 8 where they will compete in the Dual in the Desert against I-25 rival UNM in Truth or Consequences, N.M. The meet begins at 4:30 p.m.