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Lobos Place Seven in Top 10 at Lobo Invitational


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— The University of New Mexico cross country teams had four runners finish in the top five and seven in the top 10 at the Lobo Invitational on Saturday to start the 2019 cross country season.

Held at the UNM North Golf Course, the Lobo men had four in the top 10 and three in the top five, led by a third-place finish by the 2018 MW Freshman of the Year Reece Donihi at 15:33. The Lobo men went 3-4-5 with Jared Garcia finishing 11 seconds behind Donihi for fourth and Nehemiah Cionelo fifth after also clocking a time of 15:44. Donihi and Garcia held third and fourth at the split, and would go on to hold their results throughout the remainder of the race.

Iolo Hughes was the seventh runner to cross in 15:56, while Max Wharton, who was running unattached, claimed the final spot in the top 10 at 16:08.

Of the 60 entries, Kristian Hansen (17th, running unattached) and Brandon Parrado (18th) finished three seconds apart at 16:19 and 16:22, respectively. Freshman Epherem Zerai, who was also running unattached, finished in 16:59 for 31st and Harrison Smith III crossed in 17:01 to finish a place later and complete the Lobo entries.

The men won the team race with a score of 35, nine points ahead of UTEP as did the women’s team, scoring 40 points to edge out New Mexico State with the Aggies scoring 51 points for second.

On the women’s side, Juanita Johnson was the top finisher for UNM, finishing fifth of 46 entries in 18:26. Carisma Lovato completed the course in 18:36 for seventh overall with Johanna Briscoe finishing in the top 10 at 18:50 in 10th. Two places later, Grace Williams crossed the finish line at 19:05, followed by Steffi Jones in 15th at 19:41 and Mackenzie Everett at 19:49 for 16th-place.

Chamique DuBoise crossed the line to finish in the top 20 with a time of 20:02 for 19th overall. Rounding out the Lobo entries was Samantha Dicker who ran 23:34 and Kyla Fugate, who ran 24:43.

There wasn’t much movement in the race as Johnson was third at the split at 12:25 before slipping to fifth at the finish, while Lovato moved from sixth to seventh in the back of the race. Briscoe held her 10th-spot throughout the race, as did Williams in 12th and Jones in 15th.

The Lobos will have some time off between the next race as the next competition will be the Notre Dame Invitational on Friday, Oct. 4.