Sept. 18, 2005
LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Junior Brandon Vigil and sophomore Sheyenne Lewis led a young group of University of New Mexico cross country runners to a solid performance on Saturday 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 prepare for their race at the elite Stanford Invitational next Saturday.
Vigil, a scoring runner in each of his first two years with the Lobos, redshirted the 2004 cross country season and did not compete at all during the 2005 track season after missing a significant amount of distance training time while working with his ROTC unit. The Taos native completed the 7,400-meter course in 24:27, followed by sophomore Chris Bratton (15th - 24:43) and redshirt freshman Ezra Esquibel (16th - 24:44). Two Las Cruces natives in sophomore Michael Deason (20th - 24:51) and senior Frank Hemingway (30th - 25:26) capped the scoring for the UNM men.
Lewis led the Lobo women in the third race of her career, completing the 5K course in 20:12. Rookie Seny Archuleta finished 17th with a time of 20:35, while junior transfer Roxann James was 23rd in 20:58. Freshmen Ally Gronager (29th - 21:15) and Carolyn Romero (34th - 21:39) rounded out the New Mexico scoring five.