Oct. 17, 2009
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - The 21st ranked University of New Mexico men's and women's cross country teams each turned in strong seventh place finishes in an elite national field this morning at Indiana State's Pre-Nationals Invitational. The Lobo women (260 points) knocked off a pair of top-20 teams - No. 12 Baylor and No. 17 Arizona State - while the men (278 points) upset No. 18 Iowa State.
Junior transfer Ruth Senior led another tight Lobo scoring pack, finishing 34th and covering the 6,000-meter loops at the LaVern Gibson Championship Course a time of 21:23.7. Sophomore Lacey Oeding was 45th (21:34.0), while seniors Nicky Archer (21:39.7) and Ashley Gibson (21:39.9) finished side-by-side in 51st and 52nd, respectively. Junior transfer Delyth James capped the UNM scoring with a 78th place finish (21:51.8).
The Lobos' scoring five were separated by a season-low 28 seconds.
Top-ranked Washington won the 37-team White section race with a score of 59 points. All six teams that finished ahead of New Mexico entered the meet ranked higher in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association poll.
Senior Jacob Kirwa turned in yet another outstanding performance, finishing seventh overall with a time of 23:51.7 on the 8K course. Kirwa was the highest among the Mountain West Conference and Mountain Region runners in the race, crossing the line 24 seconds behind the winner - Stanford's Chris Derrick. Kirwa has finished in the top-10 in all four races this fall.
Senior Chris Barnicle was 52nd (24:35.6), followed by senior David Bishop in 67th (24:43.8). Junior Keith Gerrard was 78th (24:48.7) and freshman Ross Millington was 79th with a time of 24:55.1 - 1:05 behind Kirwa - to cap the Lobo scoring. New Mexico's final four scorers were just 20 seconds apart.
No. 1 Stanford was a convincing winner with a score of 47, while sixth-ranked BYU was third (163).