TERRE HAUTE, Ind.- The New Mexico State cross country team had a good showing this past Saturday at a Pre-National meet in Terre Haute, Ind.
The Aggie women finished 31st out of 40 teams in the women's white 6K race. The women were led by Camille Schultz who finished the race in 21:34.4 and placed 67th out of 274 runners. Finishing a half second behind her sister was Courtney Schultz who finished in a time of 21:34.9 and placed 68th.
Also competing for the NM State women was Chelsa McDonnell (22:42.5 - 197th), Samantha Thompson (22:59.7 - 217th), Brittany Hurtado (23:20.7 - 243rd), Samantha Hamilton (23:45.7 - 260th), and Jenna Padilla (24:39.3 - 269th).
"The women were solid," assistant coach Paul Harkins said. "But we need to refocus a little over the next two weeks."
The men's team finished 27th out of 36 and was led by Kevin Palmer who finished the men's white 8K race 105th out of 241 runners and crossed the finish line in 25:05.2.
"The men ran tough today," Harkins said. "They closed the gap on Utah State and we hope to close it a little more heading into conference."
Other Aggie runners included Kevin Taft (25:14.9 - 120th), Anthony Ellis (25:29.7 - 141st), Jonah Ruybalid (25:39.9 - 158th), Robert Selph (25:47.5 - 167th), and Terry Williams (25:50.4 - 174th).
"I'm confident both squads will be ready to roll at conference in Moscow (Idaho)," Harkins said.
Overall the women's white 6K race was won by Lucy Van Dalen of Stony Brook College who finished in a time of 20:08.1. Georgetown University finished first overall for the women. In the men's white 8K race Oklahoma University took home first place overall while Samuel Chelanga of Liberty University won first place overall individually with a time of 23:19.9.
The NM State cross country team will return to action Saturday, Oct. 30, in Moscow, Idaho at the WAC Championships.