SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH - The New Mexico State University cross country team competed at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Mountain Regional this past Saturday in Salt Lake City, Utah.
The NM State women finished 13th out of 19 teams with 313 total points and beat out conference foe Utah State who finished in the 17 slot. Courtney Schultz of NMSU also garnered All-Region status for the second year in a row after placing 21st overall with a time of 21:09.4 in the women's 6K race.
"Courtney ran very tough today," assistant coach Paul Harkins said. "The women definitely rallied from conference to beat Utah State which was great."
Other women who ran well and scored points for the Aggies were Chelsa McDonnell (22:12.4; 58th), Camille Schultz (22:12.8; 59th), Madelyn Stoltze (22:52.5; 88th), and Brittany Hurt ado (22:55.1; 91st).
As for the NM State men, they finished 12th out of 16 teams with 311 total points in the men's 10K race.
"Kevin Palmer and Kevin Taft ran really well today," Harkins said. " Next year we need two or three guys in the top 30 to really do what we want to do."
Palmer and Taft finished in 52nd and 53 rd respectively with times of 31:27.9 and 31:28.2. Other Aggie men finishing and scoring points were Jonah Ruybalid (31:49.4; 63rd), Anthony Ellis (32:10.2; 72nd), and Robert Selph (32:12.0; 73rd).
"With everyone back next year our team should continue to improve," Harkins said.
Overall the University of New Mexico took home both team titles, with Risper Kimaiyo of the University of Texas at El Paso winning the individual women's title in a time of 20:02.5 and David McNeill of Northern Arizona University taking home the individual men's title in a time of 29:24.1.