Oct. 3, 2008
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - The University of New Mexico men's and women's cross country teams finished eighth and tied for ninth, respectively, this afternoon at the 53rd running of the Notre Dame Invitational. The 29th-ranked New Mexico men (240 points) knocked of No. 8 Michigan (276), while the 18th-ranked UNM women (257) tied No. 10 Illinois. The men's and women's field featured 18 nationally ranked squads.
New Mexico, which competed just six days earlier at Minnesota's Roy Griak Invitational, ran on short rest for the only time this fall. Collegiate cross country teams generally get 14 days rest between meets.
Both Lobo sides relied on tight grouping to stay among the top half of the elite fields. Neither squad placed a runner in the top-25, but both were within striking distance of some of the premier teams in the nation.
The UNM men finished just 32 points out of fifth place, while the women's team was a mere 12 points out of sixth. The New Mexico women - who entered the national top-30 poll for the first time in 21 years this week - defeated three ranked teams in No. 20 Texas Tech, No. 25 Boston College and No. 28 North Carolina.
No. 3 Florida State (88) was an easy winner over No. 6 Princeton (124) on the women's side. The 26th-ranked Seminole men (81) completed the sweep, cruising to victory over upstart Tulsa (126).
Junior transfer Jacob Kirwa led the Lobo men for the second time in three meets this fall, finishing 33rd overall (24:24) in the 8,000-meter race. Fellow junior David Bishop was 37th (24:27), while junior Brock Hagerman was 48th (24:34) in his return to South Bend. Hagerman was the Big East Conference Freshman of the Year while running for Notre Dame in 2006.
On the women's side, junior Nicky Archer paced UNM with a 27th place finish, completing the 5,000-meter course in 17:13. Senior Carolyn Boosey ran second on the team for the third-straight meet, finishing 44th with a time of 17:23. True freshman Lacey Oeding continued her stellar rookie season, placing 52nd (17:31), while senior Michelle Corrigan was 59th (17:36). It was the first time in seven career meets at New Mexico that Corrigan was not the Lobos' top runner.
Junior transfer Ashley Gibson was 75th (17:45) to cap the UNM scoring. The Lobos' pack spread was a season-low 32 seconds.
New Mexico gets its standard week off before returning to action at yet another elite meet, the Pre-Nationals Invitational in Terre Haute, Ind. on Oct. 18.