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University of New Mexico Lobos athletics

Sophie Eckel

Class

RS-Jr.

Hometown

Adelaide, Australia

Previous School

Immanuel College

2019-20
Redshirted.

2018-19
2018 XC: Finished 15th overall, 12th in team scoring, at the Lori Fitzgerald Open with a time of 18:25.97 … won the open race at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational, completing the 6K race 20:59:1 … placed 140th in the women’s White race at the Wisconsin Pre-Nationals with a time of 22:12.8 … placed 18th at the Mountain West Cross Country Championships with a time of 21:25.8 … ran 20:19.2 at the NCAA Mountain Regional to place 16th overall and earn USTFCCCA Cross Country All-Region … finished in 129th place at the NCAA National Championship with a time of 21:19:4, assisting the team to a runner-up finish.
2019 Indoors: Saw action in four different meets during the season …  ran a season-best 3000-meter time of 9:51.42 at the UNM Team Invitational on Jan. 26.
2019 Outdoors: Competed in two meets … ran in the 1500-meter open run at the Bryan Clay Invitational, posting a time of 5:02.92 … ran 5:07.18 in the 1500-meter run at the Brutus Hamilton Invitational.

2017-18
2017 XC: Saw action at five meets, scoring twice … made her debut at the Lobo Invitational, running to seventh overall and third on the team with a time of 18:29.80 … took 75th overall (No. 8 on the team) at the Notre Dame Invitational, running 17:45.2 … placed fourth overall in the open race at the Wisconsin Invitational (21:12.7 ) … scored for the Lobos at the Mountain West Championships, garnering Second-Team All-MW honors via her 11th-place run of 21:19.75 … 61st-place finisher (No. 7 on the team) at the NCAA Mountain Regional, running 21:28.0.
2018 Indoors: Saw action in five meets, including the Mountain West Championships… in her second meet of the season, she placed 11th at New Mexico Classic (5:07.98*)… ran in both the 3000 and the 5000 at the Mountain West Championships, in the 3000 finished with a time of 9:52.61* and placed seventh in the 5000 (16:37.36*).
2018 Outdoors: Competed in four meets, including the NCAA West Preliminary Round… during her last meet of the season at the NCAA West Preliminary Round she ran in the 10,000 (34:22.06).

2016-17
2017 Indoors: Competed at one meet, running 9:48.86* in the 3000 at the Mountain West Indoor Championships.
2017 Outdoors: Saw action at five meets, including the opening round of the NCAA Championships … opened with a time of 4:40.27 in the 1500 at the Sn Angel Classic … ran 16:34.26 in the 5000 at the Bryan Clay Invitational, winning her section … posted a season-best time of 16:08.09 in the 5000 at the Cardinal Classic … competed but did not finish the 5000 at the Mountain West Championships and NCAA West Preliminary Round.

PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE
Competed at Immanuel College … Australian representative at the 2015 World Cross Country Championships, finishing 56th in the junior race … Australian U20 5000-meter Championship gold medalist in 2015 … Australian U20 Cross Country Championship silver medalist in 2015 and bronze medalist in 2016.

PERSONAL
Born April 18 to Martin and Brigitte … has one sibling, Sarah, who is also a middle-distance runner … lists reading, cooking, playing music, swimming and beach walks as hobbies … names Susan Krumins as her favorite athlete … favorite food is muesli … currently majoring in biology.

HONORS

  • Second-Team All-Mountain West: 2017

* indicates a performance that has been adjusted based on the NCAA altitude conversion protocol