PROVO, UTAH-The New Mexico State University cross country team competed in the NCAA Mountain Region Championships, with junior Courtney Schultz finishing eighth overall for the women's team.
Schultz's performance at the NCAA Mountain Region Championships, as well as throughout the entire season, qualified her for the NCAA Championships in Terre Haute, Ind. Schultz was one of only four athletes selected from the Mountain Region to receive automatic bids to the national championship meet, which is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 21.
The women's team finished 10th out of 19 teams in the 6K. The women's team finished better than Utah State and Nevada, which finished 18th and 19th respectively. Utah State and Nevada were the only other teams from the Western Athletic Conference in the Mountain Regional Championship. The women's team also finished above rival UTEP, which finished 14th overall.
Schultz finished first for NM State and eighth overall with a time of 21:09.8. Junior Camille Schultz finished in second for NM State and 28th overall with a time of 21:53.9. Junior Chelsa McDonnell finished third for NM State with a time of 23:09.2.
NM State had two girls cross the finish line before Utah State or Nevada had one girl cross the line. The first athlete from the WAC to cross the finish line not wearing an NM State uniform was Ruth Hilton from Utah State, who finished 56th overall.
The men's team finished 12th overall out of 17 teams in the 10K. The Aggies had two athletes finish in the top 50. Sophomore Kevin Palmer finished first for NM State and 36th overall with a time of 31:34.5. Junior Jonah Ruybalid finished second for NM State 45th overall with a time of 31:51.3. Jonah's brother Ian finished close behind with a time of 32:19.5, which placed him third for NM State and 58th overall.