Oct. 15, 2011
Madison, Wisc. --- The University of New Mexico cross country teams competed amongst the best in the nation in Madison at the Wisconsin Invitational, with the No. 7 Lobo women finishing 11th, and the No. 25 Lobo men finishing 28th. The Lobo women were missing Lacey Oeding, and two-time MW Athlete of the Week Nicholas Kipruto did not run for the men's team, which only ran five on the day.
Wisconsin was the winner on the men's side with 66 points, while Washington won the women's side. The men's race featured 21 top 30 teams, and the women's race featured 19 top 30 teams.
Ruth Senior was the top finisher for New Mexico with a time of 20:44 over the 6k course, good for 28th place. She was followed by Kirsty Milner, who was in 31st a second behind Senior, and Natalie Gray, in her second race of the year. She finished 59th at an even 21 minutes.
For the men, without Kipruto leading the way, it was Ross Millington finishing 20th at 24:08 over the 8k mark. Second for the Lobos was Sean Stamm in 55th at 24:33. From there Pierre Malherbe was 154th at 25:11, Allen Pittman was 198th at 25:33, and Patrick Ortiz in 202nd at 25:35.
The Lobos now have two weeks to get Oeding and Kirputo back in the lineup as they attempt to defend their Mountain West conference titles on October 29.