LAS CRUCES, N.M.—The New Mexico State cross country team takes on rival UTEP Saturday, Sept. 28, at 9 a.m., when it hosts the Kachina Classic in Las Cruces, N.M., at Centennial High School.
The Aggies last competed on Sept. 13, in the Lori Fitzgerald Invitational, where the women took first place and the men finished third.
“This race is important to us,” assistant coach Christopher Huff said. “Anytime you get to run at home for your community it’s important.”
The Kachina Classic is the only home meet of the season for the Aggies.
“The community doesn’t get a chance to see us run often,” Huff said. “So whenever you get this chance it is very important.”
Junior Diana Hawk enters the Kachina Classic after finishing first overall in three races this season. She has led the Aggies in their two team wins and was named WAC Female Athlete of the Week for her performance in the Lobo Invitational on Sept. 7. Last year, Hawk finished ninth in the Kachina Classic with a time of 18:56.
Senior Sarabel Bojorquez and junior Megan McNally have performed well this season, and helped NM State claim the first overall team spot in the last two races. Bojorquez, McNally and Hawk have swept the top three individual spots in the last two meets.
“Coming in after an off week makes you wonder how you’ll perform, but they’ve all had great performances in practice this week and everyone is looking very strong,” Huff said.
On the men’s side, junior Nathan Starr looks to continue his success this season as he has paced the Aggies in all three races. He’s been followed by juniors Hab Rubio and Evan Bekes during the season.
“We modified the Kachina Classic and moved it to a place that was closer to the community,” Huff said. “We changed it up so people could come out and watch us run. We’re excited to run in Las Cruces, for Las Cruces and for New Mexico State.”
After the Kachina Classic, the Aggies travel to Lawrence, Kan., for the Rim Rock Collegiate Classic on, Oct. 5.