2009 NCAA Cross Country Championships - New Mexico Notes
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  11/23/2009
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Nov. 23, 2009

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• New Mexico recorded its highest finish in five trips to the NCAA Championships...the previous best was 9th (330 points) in the team's last appearance in 2004..it was the 4th top-15 and second top-10 finish in program history...it was the best finish by a Mountain West Conference team since 2004 (BYU - 5th)

• After entering the meet ranked 12th nationally, the Lobos defeated five teams ranked above them: No. 1 Stanford (10th), No. 4 Portland (13th), No. 5 BYU (17th), No. 9 Syracuse (14th) and No. 11 Iona (T-8th, UNM had higher finishing 6th runner)

• Senior Jacob Kirwa notched the third-highest finish in program history, behind Matt Gonzales (2nd in 2004) and Kip Koskei (3rd in 1979) and was the fourth Lobo to finish in the top-15

• UNM has had eight men earn cross country All-America honors nine times...four runners have earned five All-America awards in the last nine years

• Kirwa's 10K time of 29:46.1 was the fastest by a Lobo at the NCAA meet in 30 years (Kip Koskei - 28:47.2)

• The Lobos' pack spread was 1:33

• New Mexico recorded its highest finish in the modern era of the NCAA Championships...the Lobos were 11th in a 13-team field in the inaugural NCAA Women's Championship in 1981...it's the third top-15 finish in school history and best by a MWC team since 2005 (BYU - 8th)...UNM has finished among the top-20 finishes in back-to-back years (18th in 2008)...it also marks the highest finish by a women's team under head coach Joe Franklin

• After entering the meet ranked 25th, the Lobos defeated 12 higher ranked teams, including five in the top-15...the upset list included: No. 6 Colorado (20th), No. 10 Stanford (16th), No. 11 Penn State (14th), No. 15 Georgetown (21st), No. 17 Arizona State (24th), No. 18 Iowa State (17th), No. 19 BYU (19th), No. 20 Virginia (15th), No. 22 SMU (25th), No. 23 UTEP (22nd), and No. 24 Notre Dame (23rd).

• Junior Ruth Senior recorded the highest finish by a UNM woman at the NCAA meet since 1988 (Gwen Willink - 36th)...Senior's 6K time of 20:50.9 was the fastest run by a Lobo at the Championships

• All five scoring runners ran their fastest 6K of the season

• The Lobos' pack spread was 0:42

• New Mexico had the fourth-best combined score among the 18 schools that qualified both their men's and women's teams to the NCAA Championships...only Oregon, Villanova, and Washington were better in the combined standings...it was the first time UNM had ever sent both its men's and women's teams to the NCAA Championships in the same season