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LAS CRUCES, N.M.-The New Mexico State University cross country teams are ready for the Grand Canyon Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 6, where the Aggies will face competition great competition closer to home.

The Aggies are coming off the Rim Rock Collegiate Invitational where the women's team placed fifth overall with a score of 138 points and the men's team finished sixth overall with a score of 184 points.

The Rim Rock Invitational was the first of three large-scale meets for the Aggies before the Western Athletic Conference Championships begin on Oct. 27.

"This is an important weekend for us because it will be the last time we are taking a larger field," said assistant cross country coach Christopher Huff.  "Everyone has one more opportunity to run and make their case to stay on the travel squad."

NM State will be running against 15 schools in the Grand Canyon Invitational.  The men's team will be running a traditional 8K and the women's team will be running a 5K after coming off the 6K from the previous weekend.

"With the girls running a 5K in this week, it will be a challenge for them with less than a one week recovery time from the 6K they ran last week,"

NM State will be facing schools who are ranked both regionally and nationally.  The men's team will be running with Northern Arizona University, currently ranked No. 18 in the nation and No. 3 in the Mountain West region.  The University of Arizona men's team is also ranked No. 9 in the West region.

On the women's side, NM State will be running with an Arizona team currently ranked No. 2 in the nation and No. 1 in the West region and a Northern Arizona team currently ranked No. 4 in the Mountain West region.

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