LAS CRUCES, N.M.—The New Mexico State cross country team is set to open up their 2013 season in Ruidoso, N.M., in the Texas Tech Invitational competition on Friday, Aug. 30.
The men’s team returns five athletes from last year’s team that finished fourth in the Western Athletic Conference Championships in 2012. The team will lean on senior Kevin Palmer, who finished first for NM State in the 2012 NCAA Mountain Region Championships.
This season, the men’s cross country team adds six new members including Everett Community College transfer Nathan Starr. Starr helped his former team with the NWAACC Cross Country Championship in 2011 and back-to-back Northern Region Championships in 2011-12.
The men’s team expects overall improvement this year and are ranked 15th in the Mountain Region ranking by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
In 2012 the women’s cross country team also finished fourth in the WAC Championships. They return 12 athletes, including eight seniors. Seniors Sarabel Bojorquez and Rylie Hightower look to continue their improvement as they finished third and sixth for NM State respectively at the 2012 NCAA Mountain Region Championships.
The women’s cross country team also adds several new members including Megan McNally, who joins the team after spending two seasons at Moorpark College.
The Aggies stay in New Mexico after the Texas Tech Invitational when they compete in Albuquerque, N.M., in the Lobo Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 7. They travel to Horizon City, Texas, to compete in the Lori Fitzgerald Invitational on Friday, Sept. 28.