New Mexico State University cross country team finished up the Grand Canyon
Invitational with strong performances by both teams, including a first-place
finish by the men's team and a second-place finish by the women's team.
A total of 15 teams competed in the meet. The men's team defeated Northern Arizona
University, currently ranked No. 18 in the nation and No. 3 in the Mountain
West region and the University of Arizona, currently ranked No. 9 in the West
region. The women's team defeated
Northern Arizona in their match as well, which was ranked No. 9 in the West
region. Both teams also defeated Arizona
State in each event.
The men's team finished first overall with 38 points in the
8K, which is 19 points better than second place. Four of the top 10 overall runners wore
crimson and white.
The senior class for the men's team ran strong at the meet,
with all top five runners for NM State being seniors. Senior Jonah Ruybalid continued to lead his
team each week, finishing first overall for NM State and third overall with a
time of 24:59.9. This is the second
consecutive week Ruybalid finished below the 25 minute mark. Fellow senior Terry Williams finished close
behind for fourth overall and second for NM State with a time of 25:02.6. Senior Anthony Ellis followed up by finishing
eighth overall and third for NM State with a time of 25:17.8. Senior Ian Ruybalid rounded out the top 10
overall when he finished 10th overall and fourth for NM State with a time of
25:25.3. Senior Ryan Fenton rounded out
the top five for NM State when he finished 13th overall with a time of
Brothers and sophomore Armando and Ramon Rueda finished next
in line for NM State. Armando finished
sixth for NM State and 17th overall with a time of 25:40.8 and Ramon finished
seventh for NM State and 22nd overall with a time of 25:51.7. Senior Robert Selph followed up by finishing
eighth for NM State with a time of 26:03.2.
A pair of freshman rounded out the top 10 overall for NM
State. Freshmen Christopher Silva and Paul
Raymond finished ninth and 10th for NM State, Silva with a time of 26:05.9 and
Raymond with a time of 26:10.9.
Also competing for the Aggies were junior Kevin Palmer
(26:33.3), freshman Andres Gonzales (26:58.9), senior Bryan Simison (27:02.8),
senior Kevin Hemphill (27:10.6), senior Chris Galli (29:32.1), freshman Carlos
Ortega (29:32.1) and freshman Jason Saiz (29:41.1).
"Our top five on the men's side looked pretty solid today,"
said assistant cross country coach Christopher Huff. "I am pretty confident in our top five at
The women's team finished second overall with 47 points in
the 5K. NM State finished second behind
Arizona with 26 points and finished ahead of third-place Cherritos Community
College with 104 points.
Whereas the seniors led the men's team to their first-place
finish, it was the younger athletes on the women's team who helped them earn a
Freshman Sarabel Bojorquez finished first for NM State and
fourth overall with a time of 18:36.0.
This was Bojorquez's first meet where she finished first for the
Aggies. Sophomore Diana Hawk followed up
by finishing seventh overall and second for NM State with a time of
18:53.2. Freshman Mayra Chavez fought
her way into the top 10 overall when she finished ninth overall and third for
NM State with a time of 19:03.5.
Sophomore Caroline Lewiekci finished fourth for NM State and 11th
overall with a time of 19:07.8. Junior
Rylie Hightower rounded out the top five for NM State when she finished 16th
overall with a time of 19:18.1.
Junior Jenna Padilla finished sixth for NM State and 18th
overall with a time of 19:28.0. Junior
Carly Porter cracked the top 25 overall when she finished 23rd overall and
seventh for NM State with a time of 19:34.2.
Junior Christiana Barela, Senior Adrienne Larson and junior
Natalie Gomez rounded out the top 10 for NM State when Barela finished eighth
for NM State with a time of 19:50.2, Larson finished ninth for NM State with a
time of 20:14.9 and Gomez finished 10th for NM State with a time of 20:22..
Also competing for the Aggies were sophomore Nicole Diaz
(21:05.0), sophomore Victoria Trujillo (21:25.7) and junior Liz Mata (22:18.9).
"Sarabel had a great performance today with her finishing
first for NM State for the first time this season," Huff said.
The Aggies will compete next week in the Bronco Invitational
at Sunnyvale, Calif., on Saturday, Oct. 13, for the team's final regular-season
meet before the Western Athletic Conference Championships on Oct. 27.