Lobos Head West For Elite Stanford Invitational
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  09/22/2005
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Sept. 22, 2005

The University of New Mexico men's and women's cross country teams travel to California for the 32nd edition of the Stanford Cross Country Invitational. More than 3,000 runners representing universities and high schools from around the country make the Stanford Invite the largest cross country meet in Northern California. The women's 6,000-meter race gets underway at 6:15 p.m. (MST), followed by the men's 8K at 6:45 at the Stanford Golf Course.

Nine women and seven men will toe the line for New Mexico on Saturday in Stanford.

The UNM women's varsity team will be comprised of: Sr. Jacquelyne Gallegos, Sr. Janice Tosa, Jr. Riann Lucy, Jr. Timmie Murphy, So. Lindsay Barr, So. Leslie Luna, and So. Melanie Velarde. Sophomore Sheyenne Lewis and freshman Seny Archuleta will also make the trip, but will run in the non-scored 5,000-meter race at 5:10 p.m. (MST).

For the men, the varsity starting lineup will be: Sr. Cameron Clarke, Sr. Nate Clem, Jr. Steven Martinez, Jr. Juan Ortega, Jr. Brandon Vigil, So. Joseph Garcia and So. Dylan Rose-Coss.

Complete results and information about the Stanford Invitational can be found on the official website of the Stanford University Athletic Department

Clarke and Lobos return to Stanford for first time since 2002 victory.
Senior Cameron Clarke returns to the site of one of the finest races of his career this weekend when he leads UNM back to Stanford for the first time since 2002. On Sept. 28, 2002, Clarke, then a sophomore, clocked the second-fastest 8K time in head coach Matt Henry's tenure, crossing the line in 23:51 to lead the Lobo men to an impressive victory (61 pts.) over the 30-team field. The win was the men's third straight to open the `02 season, propelling the squad to a No. 27 ranking in the national poll.

Clarke matched the highest finish of his career, placing second, and was one of four Lobos to finish among the top-20 at the 2002 Stanford Invite. Then-junior Matt Gonzales ran fourth, followed by freshman Jeremy Johnson (16th) and junior Ben Ortega (17th).

The UNM women, meanwhile, placed a respectable 17th in the 33-team field three years ago. The Lobos were running their first meet without then-sophomore Jacquelyne Gallegos, who was lost for the remainder of the season after her devastating car accident the week before.

LAST TIME OUT (at NMSU Kachina Classic)
LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Junior Brandon Vigil and sophomore Sheyenne Lewis led a young group of University of New Mexico runners to a solid performance on Sept. 17 in the annual Kachina Classic meet at the New Mexico State University Golf Course. In his first collegiate cross country race since 2003, Vigil placed 12th overall to help the Lobo men finish third (91 pts). Lewis, meanwhile, placed a career-best 11th to pace the fourth place (95 pts.) UNM women. New Mexico head coach Matt Henry held out most of his top-five runners on both the men's and women's side as they prepared for their upcoming race at the Stanford Invitational.