Sept. 12, 2006
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - University of New Mexico junior Jeremy Johnson was named Mountain West Conference Men's Cross Country Athlete of the Week the conference office announced this afternoon. Johnson is the seventh Lobo under seventh-year head coach Matt Henry to win the men's award. BYU junior Kassi Anderson was named MWC Women's Cross Country Athlete of the Week.
Johnson, an Albuquerque native, turned in a career-best third place finish at the Lobo Invitational last Saturday, helping the UNM men finish third in the 13-team field. He crossed the finish line in 24:59 (8K), just 12 seconds behind the winner, UTEP All-American Stephen Samoei. It was the highest finish by a Lobo men's runner since Matt Gonzales placed second at the 2004 NCAA Championship meet.
Johnson was competing in his first hometown cross country meet since the 2002 season. The former Manzano High School standout was one of the Lobos' top runners as a true freshman in '02 before transferring to Arizona for two years. Johnson returned to UNM in 2005, but had to sit out last fall due to NCAA transfer regulations.
New Mexico will send a split squad down to Las Cruces for New Mexico State's Kachina Classic on Sept. 23. The varsity team will compete next on Sept. 30 at the elite Stanford Invitational.