NMSU completes WAC championships
Las Cruces, NM — The New Mexico State cross country team competed in the Western Athletic Conference Championships in Seattle, Wash., on Saturday, Nov. 2, with the women placing fourth overall and the men finishing sixth. The Aggies left Seattle with three all-WAC members, junior Hab Rubio for the men and juniors Diana Hawk and Megan McNally.
The Aggies competed against their WAC opponents as well as the wind and rain that hit the course during the event.
The women competed in the 5K and were led by Hawk, who finished seventh overall with a time of 18:24.40, earning a first-team all-WAC selection.
Hawk was followed by McNally, who finished 14th overall with a time of 18:53.50. McNally earned a second-team all-WAC selection for her performance.
Senior Sarabel Bojorquez finished 24th with a time of 19:14.70 and she was followed by fellow senior Gael Sanchez, who finished 29th with a time of 19:34.80.
Senior Christiana Barela and sophomore Victoria Trujillo also competed on Saturday for the Aggies.
“Hawk and McNally earned all-WAC honors so that was really a great achievement for them,” assistant coach Christopher Huff said. “The WAC is a tough conference and all our women ran well despite the weather.”
For the men, the Aggies were led by Rubio, who finished 11th overall with a time of 25:57.30. Rubio earned second-team all-WAC honors.
Rubio was followed by junior Nathan Starr, who finished 20th overall with a time of 26:33.90.
Junior Erik Perez finished 28th overall with a time of 27:10.30.
Senior Bryan Simison, junior Evan Bekes and sophomores Jason Saiz and Chris Silva also competed in the WAC Championships for the Aggies.
“Hab (Rubio) ran a gutsy race today,” Huff said. “All the guys did well, but Hab really went for it today and he led the race for about four thousand meters.”
The Aggies have a week off to prepare for the NCAA Regional round in Ogden, Utah, on Nov. 15.