Nov. 18, 2006
UPCOMINGUniversity of New Mexico senior Timmie Murphy will make her NCAA Cross Country Championship debut on Monday, Nov. 20 in Terre Haute, Ind. Murphy, who finished fifth at the Mountain Regional meet last weekend in Albuquerque, is one of 38 individual qualifiers in the field of 225 for the women's 6,000-meter race (3.7 miles). The women's race begins at 10 a.m. (MST) on the LaVern Gibson Championship Course at the Wabash Valley Family Sports Center.
The weather forecast for Monday morning in Terre Haute projects sunny skies, temperatures in the mid-40s with winds blowing at nine miles per hour.
MEET INFORMATION/RESULTSComplete information and results from the 2006 NCAA Cross Country Championships will be available on the official website of NCAA Sports and the official athletic department website of host Indiana State University.
NEW MEXICO TRAVEL PLANS/CONTACT INFORMATIONHead coach Matt Henry and Timmie Murphy arrived in Terre Haute on Friday afternoon and will return to Albuquerque on Tuesday morning, Nov. 21.
NEW MEXICO WOMEN AT THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPSTimmie Murphy is the seventh woman to qualify as an individual to the NCAA Cross Country Championships. Murphy and former teammate Jacquelyne Gallegos (2001 and '04) are the only two women under seventh-year head coach Matt Henry to advance to the national meet.
UNM has had three women earn All-America honors five times. Gwen Willink was the last women's All-American, finishing 36th in 1988.
BACK TO INDIANAThis will be Murphy's second trip to Terre Haute this year and the third of her career. The Farmington, N.M. native placed 44th in a field of 245 at the Indiana State Pre-Nationals meet on Oct. 14 and was 133rd at the Pre-Nationals as a true freshman in 2002.
Timmie Murphy YEAR IN REVIEWMurphy opened the season with a career-best second place finish at the Lobo Invitational on Sept. 9. Two weeks later at Stanford she recorded the fastest 6K time under head coach Matt Henry, completing the course in 20:30 to finish seventh. Murphy was one second ahead of Stanford All-American Lindsay Flacks and 37 seconds behind six-time Cardinal All-American Arianna Lambie.
Following a 44th place finish at the Pre-Nationals, Murphy ran fourth at the Mountain West Conference Championships in Salt Lake City (Oct. 28) to earn first team all-conference honors for the second straight season. Last weekend in Albuquerque, she placed fifth at the NCAA Championships Mountain Regional to earn the first individual bid out of the region.