Nov. 20, 2006
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - University of New Mexico senior Timmie Murphy finished 115th in a field of 253 this morning in the women's 6,000-meter race at the NCAA Cross Country Championships. Murphy defeated 138 runners in her first national meet appearance, completing the LaVern Gibson Championship course in 22:16.4.
The Farmington, N.M. product ran in 24 career cross country races, finishing as a two-time first team all-Mountain West Conference and all-Mountain Region honoree. Murphy will return to competition in the spring of 2007 for her final outdoor track season.
Texas Tech sophomore Sally Kipyego, a wire-to-wire winner on Nov. 11 in the NCAA Mountain Regional meet in Albuquerque, claimed the individual title. Kipyego (20:11.1) dominated the field once again, taking a 27 second victory over the runner-up, Colorado sophomore Jenny Barringer (20:37.9), who was also second in Albuquerque.
Stanford held off Mountain Region champion Colorado 195-223 to win the NCAA Championship. MWC champs BYU finished 22nd (446), while Colorado State was 24th (475).
Quotes From UNM Head Coach Matt Henry
"To be honest we just had an average day today. Out here you have be nearly perfect to do what you want to do and Timmie just didn't feel great today. She didn't get off the line as well as we would have liked, but she never quit trying to go. She kept pushing the entire way, but some days your legs just don't respond."
"You look at how (Kassi) Anderson from BYU ran today, finishing fifth. Well, Timmie was step-for-step with her all the way until the very end last week (at the Mountain Regional meet). I think if she'd ran the same way she did then, she definitely would have up near the top-30 finish today."
"I can't say enough about how proud I am of the year Timmie had and what an accomplishment it is to get to nationals. I know she's disappointed, but in a way I'm almost glad she is. I think she's going to get back to work during the offseason and this experience is only going to help her. She's got a lot of good races left in her and I think we can do something special during the outdoor season."