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Cross country: Wright leads Lobo women to 9th straight league title

KUNA, Idaho – Behind Alice Wright’s dominating performance, the University of the New Mexico women continued their long run of Mountain West cross country titles on Friday.

Wright led from the gun and claimed the second-fastest time in league history as the No. 7-ranked UNM women captured their record ninth consecutive championship. Teammate Calli Thackery finished in second place.

Lobo cross country runner Alice Wright (UNM photo)

Lobo cross country runner Alice Wright (UNM photo)

“To do it year in and year our and fight in the last 1000 meters, which they did today, is really positive,” UNM coach Joe Franklin said about the team’s ninth straight title.

On the men’s side, UNM finished fifth of eight teams. Host Boise State claimed its first league title.

Wright, a redshirt junior, won in a time of 20 minutes, 2.70 seconds on the 6-kilometer course. Thackery finished in 20:11.30, and all five scoring Lobos finished in the top 20.

New Mexico tallied 42 points; runner-up Air Force scored 53.

Wright and Thackery earned first-team all-league, and by virtue of their 10th- and 11th-place performances, Lobos Sophie Connor (20:52.10) and Natasha Bernal (20:56.20) made All-MWC second team.

In the men’s 8K race, Boise State junior Yusuke Uchikoshi pulled away from Colorado State’s Jerrell Mock – the defending conference champion – in the final 400 meters to win the individual title in 23:48.80. Graham Thomas was the fastest Lobo, finishing in 18th at 24:36.70.

Next up: UNM  travels to Logan, Utah, for the Nov. 11 NCAA Mountain Regional Championships.

2016 Mountain West Men’s XC Results

2016 Mountain West Women’s XC Results

 

 

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