May 30, 2013
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Three University of New Mexico track and field student-athletes were named to the 2013 Capital One Academic All-District Track/Cross Country District VII Teams, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Men's student-athletes Gabe Aragon and Thomas Trujillo joined women's student-athlete Imogen Ainsworth in earning their first career All-District honors, which increases UNM's total number of All-District recipients in the 2012-13 school year to an unprecedented 15 student-athletes.
Aragon, a mid-distance runner from Albuquerque, N.M., finished his senior year at New Mexico with a 3.97 GPA, where he majored in business administration. While running for the Lobos, Aragon was part of a distance medley relay (DMR) team that earned First Team All-American status from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) in 2011.
He was also selected to a handful of All-Mountain West Indoor teams, including in 2011 in the DMR, in 2012 in the 800-meter run and in 2013 in the 4x400 meter relay.
Aragon was a three-time Academic All-Conference recipient from 2010-12, and was named a Mountain West Scholar-Athlete from 2010-11.
Trujillo, a Rio Rancho, N.M., product, also just completed his senior year at UNM, posting a 4.07 GPA as he majored in business administration. As a sprinter for the Lobos, he was selected to two All-Mountain West Outdoor Team, once in 2010 (4x400 meter relay) and again in 2011 (4x100 meter relay).
He is also part of two 4x100 meter relay teams that rank second and third all-time in school history.
Additionally, he was recognized for his work in the classroom, earning Academic All-Mountain West and MW Scholar Athlete plaudits three times apiece from 2009-11.
Ainsworth just wrapped up her second year as a graduate student at UNM, where she registered a 4.11 while working toward a master degree in geography.
As a distance runner for the Lobos, the native of London, England, has earned her stripes in both cross country and track. She was named to the All-Mountain West Indoor Track & Field Team in 2012, the All-Mountain West Second Team for cross country in 2011 and 2012, and the USTFCCCA All-Mountain Region team for cross country in 2011.
She is also ranked second all-time at New Mexico in the 3000 steeplechase and is part of the women's DMR team that ranks second all-time.
Academically, she was selected to the Academic All-Conference team in 2011 and 2012, as well as receiving the Mountain West Scholar-Athlete award in 2012.
The trio's selections mark the second straight year that the UNM track and cross country squads have earned Academic All-District. Last year, Sarah Waldron was selected to the Academic All-District 7 second team.
Aragon, Trujillo and Ainsworth are also the 13th, 14th, and 15th All-District selections this year for UNM as a whole, extending the school record. (The previous best was 11 back in 2009-10.) Their selections give UNM 44 selections over the last four years, also a four-year record.
UNM has also produced 13 Academic All-Americans in that time, and these three—along with Michaela Bezdickova of women's tennis, Mary Rachel Hostetter of women's skiing and Christian Otto of men's skiing—could all earn that honor as well.