Sept. 26, 2010
Minneapolis, Minn. --- The University of New Mexico cross country teams both entered the Roy Griak Invitational, hosted by the University of Minnesota, nationally ranked. The men's squad entered the meet ranked 11th, and the women's squad entered 18th. After a pair of top three performances, both might be moving up into the top 10. The women's squad rode a huge race from Ruth Senior, who finished eighth on the day, to finish second out of 29 teams, behind only Arizona, while the men finished third out of 22 after three Lobos; Nicholas Kipruto, Rory Fraser, and Keith Gerrard all finished in the top six.
The women's meet featured 29 teams from all over the country, but it was a pair of southwest compatriots in the Arizona Wildcats and the New Mexico Lobos that battled for the Griak title. Ruth Senior, who is in fact a senior, finished eighth, recording a 21:22 mark over the 6k course, nipping Boston College's Jillian King by two-tenths of a second. North Carolina State's Laura Hor won the Griak individual title with a time of 20:38.4, but the Wolfpack finished eighth overall.
New Mexico also got top 20 finishes from Sarah Waldron (17th, 21:30) and Kirsty Milner (19th, 21:34). Rounding out the scoring for the Lobos was Natalie Gray, who finished 25th with a time of 21:44. The only other Mountain West school in the competition was Colorado State, who finished 11th.
On the men's side, three Lobos finished in the top six, but in a tight race, Duke edged out North Carolina State and the Lobos for the title, as Duke registered 82 points, and N.C. State had 92, one less than New Mexico's 93. The Lobos finished one spot better than conference mate Brigham Young, who was fourth. Colorado State finished eighth, future MWC member Boise State was 10th.
Nicholas Kipruto of New Mexico nearly took the individual title, finishing with a time of 23:59.6, 19 second behind winner Stephen Sambu of Arizona. Lobo seniors Rory Fraser and Keith Gerrard finished fifth and sixth respectively, going for 24:20 and 24:25. Duke won the event by having four runners in the top 20.
Both teams will now head to the Notre Dame Adidas Invitational on Fri., Oct. 1 in South Bend, Ind.