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Four Aggies set personal bests in first meeting

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Results Men | Results Women

LAS CRUCES, New Mexico – There couldn’t have been a better way to kick off the 2022 cross country season than with a sunrise meet on the beautiful NM State Golf Course. Conditions were perfect with a starting temperature of 70 degrees and a golden sunrise from the mountains.

Only four schools made the trip to compete today, so the focus isn’t really on overall team results, but more on individual scores to prepare for the rest of the season.

The women’s race started at 7:30 a.m. and lasted about 20 minutes. Three of the runners finished in the top five and three runners set personal bests for the 5k. The men’s race started shortly after 8 a.m. Only one runner finished in the top five and another set a personal best for the 5k.

MEN’S RACE

Anekin Hetman was the only rider to finish in the top five in the men’s race, finishing fourth. He just missed his personal best by just under two seconds. His current PR is 15:09.7 and his time result today was 15:11.

• However, Jacob Grosch set a personal best after crossing the finish line at 4:45 p.m. Her previous record was 16:58.2 set at last year’s Lori Fitzgerald Open (September 18).

• It was the first collegiate race for a handful of freshmen. Nick Allred (16:26), Collins Yego (4:00 p.m.), Diego Logan-Behshad (17:48) all competed for the first time in an Aggie uniform.

WOMEN’S RACE

• On the women’s side, the Aggies put on quite a show with seven runners in the top ten. However, it should be noted that the women’s race only featured three schools (UTEP, EPCC and NM St.) and had nearly ten fewer runners than the men’s race.

Maggie Gibbs finished atop the Aggie runners in third place.

• Three Aggies set personal bests for women. Thulisile Amon (18:14), Maggie Gibbs (5:50 p.m.) and Kayla O’Connell (19:25) all established new PRs in the race.

• It was the first race for freshmen Angela Korte (19:51).


TO BE CONTINUED

• The Aggies have two weeks off before heading to the Lone Star State for the Texas Tech Open, which takes place on Saturday September 17 in Lubbock, Texas.

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