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Joseph Garcia

Player Profile

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Belen, N.M.

High School:
Belen HS

Height:
5-8

Event:
Distance

Experience:
3L

Honors:
All-MWC, NCAA regional qualifier

NEW MEXICO:

Mountain West Conference silver medalist in the 10,000 last year who is the Lobos' most experienced distance runner...29 career races on the track with a pair of top-5 finishes in the 10K at the MWC Outdoor Championships...also scored 16 times in 18 career cross country races...has a redshirt season available for outdoor track...6-time Academic all-MWC honoree and two-time MWC Scholar-Athlete Award winner...

2007: (cross country) Scored in all 5 meets in his final XC campaign...was at his best late in the year, finishing 18th at the MWC Championships and 37th at the NCAA Mountain Region Championships as the Lobos' No. 5 runner...both were his highest finish at the respective meets...picked off several runners down the stretch to allow UNM to hold off Air Force, 51-52, for a program-best 2nd place finish at the MWC Championships...career-best 10K time of 31:50 at the regional meet...season-best 8K time of 24:51 at Oregon and career-high 12th place finish in the season-opening Lobo Invitational...Academic All-MWC...

2006-07: (outdoor) Enjoyed his best season on the track, earning all-MWC honors with a second place as the runner-up in the 10,000m...finished 23 seconds out of first with a time of 31:13.61...clocked a PR of 30:42.71 in the 10K at the Mt. SAC Relays...5 races in 4 meets...Academic All-MWC...(indoor) Another busy winter, racing 7 times in 5 meets...recorded PRs in both the 3K (8:48.77) and 5K (15:21.22) at the MWC Championships...(cross country) Ran third on the team in all 5 meets...notched top-25 finishes at the Lobo Invite (22nd) and MWC Championships (22nd)...season-best 8K time of 24:53 at Stanford...placed 51st (32:32.7) at the NCAA Mountain Region Championships in Albuquerque...Academic All-MWC...

2005-06: (outdoor) Ranked second on the team with a top 10K time of 31:28.17 at the Mt. SAC Relays...placed fifth in the event at the MWC Championships (31:35.29), scoring at the meet for the first time in his career...5 races during the season...Academic All-MWC honoree and a Scholar-Athlete Award winner...(indoor) Gained valuable racing experience in his first indoor season, competing 7 times during the winter...was the team's No. 2 runner in the 3,000 (8:51.55) and 5,000 (15:21.86)...competed in both events at the MWC Championships...runner-up in the 5K at the Modrall Sperling Invite...4 top-8 finishes...(cross country) Enjoyed a breakthrough season, scoring in all 5 meets...was the Lobos' No. 3 man at the MWC Championships, finishing 25th...ran a career-best 8K of 24:50.54 at Auburn and ran his first 10K at the NCAA Regional meet (53rd)...Academic all-MWC honoree...

2004-05: (outdoor) Made 5 meet appearances...notched 4 top-10 finishes in the 5K, including 3rd place efforts at UTEP, the Mesa (Ariz.) Classic and at home in Albuquerque...ran the first 10K of his career at the MWC Championships and placed 13th...Academic All-MWC honoree...(indoor) Redshirt season...(cross country) Notched a pair of top-20 finishes in 3 meet appearances...scored as the Lobos' No. 5 runner at NMSU (13th overall)...ran 8th on the team at the Lobo Invite and MWC Championship meets...Academic All-MWC honoree...

HIGH SCHOOL:

A 2004 graduate of Belen (N.M.) High School...five-year cross country letterman and lettered four years in track...father, Joseph Sr., was the head cross country coach...3-time Junior Olympic All-American and state runner-up as a senior in cross country...captured a pair of district XC titles and won back-to-back 1,600m district crowns...also district champ in the 3,200m...academic letterwinner, National Honor Society member and active in 4-H...

PERSONAL:

Born on April 23, 1986, in Belen, N.M....age is 21...full name is Joseph Ryan Garcia...son of Joseph and Georgia Garcia...dad, Joseph Sr., also ran competitively in college at New Mexico Highlands University...cousin, Kim Baca, was a four-year letterwinner in track and cross country for the Lobos and earned all-MWC honors with the distance medley relay team in 2002...University Studies major who is enrolled in the Physical Assistant Program.
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