UNM Olympic sports post-season round-up

UNM cross country and women's soccer teams spent the weekend engaged in post-season competition. Here's a round up of results from those teams.


The New Mexico women's cross country team finished tied for first in Saturday's NCAA Mountain Regional in Provo, Utah while the Lobo men finished fourth in the region.

The Lobo women tied with Colorado for the title, giving them back-to-back Mountain Region titles and earning the team a spot in the NCAA Championships in Terre Haute, Indiana on Friday, Nov. 21.

The Lobo men finished just ahead of Southern Utah for fourth place in the region. The NCAA announced Sunday night that the men earned an at-large berth to the national championships.

New Mexico and Colorado finished with 84 points, easily ahead of third place Weber State, which totaled 134. The Lobos had the shorter time gap between runners, with top finisher Ruth Senior and No. 5 scorer Imogen Ainsworth finishing  just 42.0 seconds apart. Colorado's distance was 59.5 seconds, but they had two finishers ahead of UNM's Senior, and two behind Ainsworth.

Senior, the reigning Mountain West champion, led the squad with a seventh place finish at 21:05.8 over the 6K course.

Sarah Waldron finished 12th for UNM, three tenths of a second out of 11th.

Natalie Gray finishing 20th at 21:39.4 while Kirsty Milner finsished 21st at 21:41.7. Imogen Ainsworth finished 23rd at 21:47.8 while Shawna Winnegar and Kirsten Follett also ran for the Lobos, finishing 39th and 66th.

On the men's side, reigning Mountain West champion Ross Millington finished third in the region with a time of 30:24.8 over the 10k course, just 15.5 seconds out of first. Sean Stam was UNM's second-best runner at 31:15.5 to finish 23rd.

Also for the men, Patrick Ortiz 48th at 31:58.4, Pierre Malherbe 51st at 32:03.2, and Allen Pittman 53rd at 32:04.5. Vincent Montoya and Mike Asay also ran for the Lobos.

Brigham Young won the title by six points over Colorado.


In Los Angeles, Calif., the New Mexico Lobos women's soccer team lost 1-0 Friday night to the second-seeded UCLA Bruins in the first round of the NCAA Women's College Cup.

UCLA freshman Kylie McCarthy scored the game winner in the 65th minute, scoring on a rebound off a save by UNM goalkeeper Kelly Cornell, who had parried a shot by Bruin freshman Samantha Lewis.

Cornell knocked down the shot but wasn't able to control the rebound and McCarthy followed up quickly.

The Lobos, who made their second consecutive appearance in the NCAA tournament, end the season at 12-5-4.

The Lady Lobos were able to contain UCLA (16-1-3) on offense for the most part in the first half but the Bruins turned up the heat in the second half, sending more players into the box and producing 10 of their 16 shots in the final 45 minutes.

Cornell finished with four saves.

UCLA's Katelyn Rowland had two saves on just three shots by New Mexico – two from UNM senior Jennifer Williams and one from senior Zaneta Wyne.

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