Lobos Claim First Place as Four Runners Finish in the Top 10
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – In their first race since Nov. 15, 2019, the University of New Mexico men’s cross country team finished in first place at the Silver State Collegiate Cross Country Challenge in Las Vegas, Nev., with four runners finishing in the top 10.
New Mexico claimed the top two spots in the race as sophomore Abdirizak Ibrahim finished in first place at 23:58.9 then while redshirt-sophomore Nehemiah Cionelo finished in second place at 24:23.0.
No more than three seconds passed before junior Reece Donihi crossed the line, claiming the sixth-place spot at the 24:25.3 mark.
Senior lolo Hughes was the fourth Lobo to cross the finish line with a time of 24:41.0, finishing in ninth place overall, bringing the team points to 18.
It was junior Awet Yohannes who completed the scoring with 15 points at a time of 24:56.7, finishing in 15th place overall out of 36 runners.
Lobos running as individuals included Matthew Larkin (22nd, 25:39.0), Harrison Smith III (28th, 25:55.9), and Benjamin Harvey (36th, 27:10.7) as the men finished with a total of 31 points and a spread of 0:57.
Boise State was another Mountain West squad to place in Race No. 1, finishing in fourth place, tallying a total of 71 points.
The Lobos will race one more time on Feb. 19 at the USATF Nevada Desert Classic in Las Vegas, Nev. before heading to the Mountain West Championships on March 5, also in Las Vegas, Nev.