Lobo Women’s Cross Country Earns First at NCAA Mountain Regional
PROVO, Utah – The University of New Mexico women’s cross country team earned their first regional title since 2018 in the NCAA Mountain Regional hosted by BYU in Provo, Utah, on Friday morning. The men’s team placed 14th in the 10K race at noon.
The top two teams at each regional advance to the NCAA Championships, so as the Mountain Regional winner, the women’s team will advance to the NCAA Championship for the 14th year in a row and 17th time in program history. The Championship is set for Nov. 20 in Tallahassee, Fla., hosted by Florida State at Apalachee Regional Park.
The women placed first with 62 total points as all seven runners placed in the top-35 individually. Gracelyn Larkin led the Lobos with a fourth-place finish as she crossed the finish line in 20:22.6. Abbe Goldstein was the next to finish with a time of 20:28.2 for ninth place. Emma Heckel finished 11th with a time of 20:40.0. Ali Upshaw earned 17th place as she crossed the finish line at 20:49.8 and Amelia Mazza-Downie rounded out the Lobos’ five counted runners with a time of 20:50.6 to place 21st. Andrea Modin Engesaeth came in next at 25th place and 20:54.3 time and Samree Dishon rounded out the Lobos’ runners with a 34th place finish and time of 21:15.5.
The men’s team placed 14th in the 10K race at the regional. Abdirizak Ibrahim was the Lobos’ top runner, finishing 12th as he crossed the finish line at 30:10.9. Awet Yohannes was New Mexico’s next finisher as he placed 73rd with a running time of 32:09.2. Iolo Hughes crossed the finish line at 32:28.1 for 85th place. Matthew Larkin finished 97th with a time of 33:19.4. Reece Donihi rounded out the Lobos with a 106th place finish and a time of 33:44.0.
The Lobos will head to the NCAA Championships on Nov. 20 at Apalachee Regional Park in Tallahassee, Fla.
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