The New Mexico State cross country teams travel to Sunnyvale, Calif., for the Santa Clara Bronco Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 14. The men's team runs an 8k course while the women's team follows by competing in a 6k race.
"The Bronco Invitational offers us a great last tune-up before our championship season begins. Both sides are excited to run fast in some big crowds," assistant coach Joseph Rath said. "The men have their first opportunity, in a while, to run with all of our top-five upperclassmen, so we hope to close our one-through-five gap. On the women's side, we have a good amount of depth and look for some break-out races after having gone through the team's first 6k."
At the Capital Cross Challenge, the men's team placed third among Division I teams while the women's team placed fifth. Abel Ketema was the top finisher for the Aggies, placing 13th overall with a time of 24:41.8. He earned the Western Athletic Conference Men's Cross Country Athlete of the Week honors for his performance. Crissey Amberg finished first for the women's team when she clocked in at 21:24.1 for 13th place.
"With the wildfires in Northern California, there has been an issue with air quality further south that may lead to some race alterations," Rath said. "While we hope race conditions improve, our thoughts go out to all the families' lives that have been severely impacted by the fires. I can't imagine the terrible loss many are experiencing."
NM State competes at the Baylands Regional Park in Sunnyvale Calif., on Saturday with the men's 8k race beginning at 10 a.m. (MT) followed by the women's 6k race at 10:45 a.m.