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Olympic sports: Kurgat runs 6th in Seattle, Lobos, Aggies gets softball wins

Lobo Kurgat runs sixth in Seattle

While many teammates were competing Friday at the Don Kirby Invitational at the Albuquerque Convention Center, Ednah Kurgat and two other New Mexico Lobos finished in the top 11 of an elite women’s 3,000-meter field Friday in Seattle at the Husky Classic.

Kurgat, who owns the fastest NCAA time this season in a different event, the 5,000, took sixth in Seattle in 8 minutes, 59.78 seconds. Oregon’s Jessica Hull won in 8:53.91. UNM’s Hannah Nuttall was ninth (9:07.64) and Adva Cohen 11th (9:08.40). In the women’s 5,000, UNM’s Emily Martin was 24th (16:25.41). Lobo Keiran Casey ran ninth in the mile (4:41.25)

Action continues today at the Don Kirby, and in New York, UNM’s Weini Kelati runs the 3,000 meters at the Millrose Games. Her race is set to air at about 2:36 p.m.

Lobos, Aggies open with softball wins

LAS CRUCES — Bailey Klitzke went 4-for-5, drove in four runs and pitched five innings to earn the win for New Mexico, which opened the 2019 softball season with a 15-6 victory over UTEP Friday at the Aggie Invitational. (Click here for the box score.)

UTEP helped the Lobos greatly, its four pitchers issuing 16 walks. Monica Salas homered for UNM, which plays Creighton today at 10 a.m. and host New Mexico State at 3 p.m.

NMSU opened with an 11-4 win over Creighton. Reigning Western Athletic Conference player of the year Kelsey Horton and Volcano Vista grad Victoria Castro homered for the Aggies, who also play UTEP today at 5:30 p.m.

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COLLEGE TENNIS: In Salt Lake City, the New Mexico women (3-5) fell 6-1 to Utah, while in Flagstaff, Ariz., New Mexico State (1-3) lost 4-2 to Northern Arizona.

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