Sept. 28, 2005
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The early season awards continue to roll in for Jacquelyne Gallegos as the University of New Mexico senior was named Mountain West Conference Cross Country Athlete of the Week for the second time this season. Gallegos is the first Lobo ever to earn weekly award twice in the same season and has been honored by the league three times in her career, the most of any UNM cross country runner. The Pojoaque, N.M. native placed third at the Stanford Invitational last weekend and has led the New Mexico women to a No. 7 ranking in Mountain Region.
Gallegos bested 224 other runners at Stanford, only trailing Cardinal All-Americans Arianna Lambie and Katy Trotter. She completed the 6,000-meter course in a season-best 21:21, six seconds behind Lambie and two behind Trotter. Gallegos' performance helped the Lobo women finish 10th in the 32-team field, which included fifth-ranked Stanford and No. 15 UC-Santa Barbara.
Gallegos won her first MWC Athlete of the Week award after finishing third at the 2004 Lobo Invitational and again this year after winning the New Mexico home meet. The UNM women entered the regional rankings for the first time under sixth-year head coach Matt Henry on Sept. 20 of this year. The Lobo men are currently ranked ninth in the Mountain Region.