Sept. 18, 2008
UPDATE - While the University of New Mexico's top cross country runners prepare for their full squad season opener next week in Minnesota, second-year head coach Joe Franklin will send a group of young competitors to Las Cruces, N.M. on Saturday for New Mexico State's Kachina Classic meet. The event will be one of the last chances for several up-and-coming runners to earn a spot on the Lobos' elite travel squad this fall.
The Kachina Classic opens with the women's 5,000-meter race at 9:30 a.m., followed by the men's 8K at 10 a.m. - both at the NMSU Golf Course. The New Mexico `B' squad will be one of six teams at the meet including, host New Mexico State, UTEP, Diné College, Western New Mexico and El Paso Community College.
The Lobos will run at full strength for the first time this fall next Saturday, Sept. 27 at the Roy Griak Invitational in Minneapolis, Minn. The UNM men debuted at No. 15 this week in the preseason national coaches poll, while the women were unofficially 34th in the voting.
New Mexico dominated both the men's and women's races in its home meet, the Lobo Invitational, which was held on Sept. 6. Both sides ran without several key contributors, but had little trouble outpacing regional rivals UTEP and New Mexico State.