Sept. 17, 2011
Las Cruces, N.M. --- If you ever wondered where September races fall on the importance scale for New Mexico cross country coach Joe Franklin, just a quick look at the race results for the Kachina Classic showcase it. New Mexico rested nearly all of their top runners, save for Natalie Gray, getting some of the other members of the squads some intercollegiate experience as UNM competed in Las Cruces.
Gray competed in her first meet of the year after sitting out the Lobo Invitational, and the All-American took it easy, finishing fifth with a time of 18:10.4. Emma Reed and Janna Mitsos finished eighth and ninth, giving UNM three in the top 10 despite sitting out a pair of All-American and most of their returning All-Mountain West performers from a year ago.
It was no different on the men's side. Nicholas Kipruto, who won the Lobo Invitational last week, sat this one out. In fact, the top 10 finishers from two weeks ago all sat out for New Mexico. Cory Kalm led the Lobos with a 17th place finish.