Lobos' Alternates Solid, Gain Experience at Kachina Classic

Sept. 15, 2012

LAS CRUCES, N.M. — After a stellar season debut two weeks ago, the University of New Mexico's nationally ranked men's and women's cross country teams turned in solid performances at New Mexico State's Kachina Classic behind strong races from the team's alternates.

Janna Mitsos and Nicola Hood led the No. 24 women to a second-place team finish in Las Cruces, while the No. 24 men were paced to a third-place team finish by Chris Montoya and JP Cordova.

Mitsos registered a fourth-place time of 18 minutes, 19 seconds to lead the women on the 5-kilometer course at the NMSU Golf Course. The women placed four runners in the top ten and combined for 48 points, just behind the Aggies' 32 points.

Hood, running for the first time since 2010 due to Achilles tendon surgery, posted a strong mark of 18:43 to earn sixth. Chloe Anderson (18:55) and Sam Sheppard (18:56) also placed in the top ten, finishing eighth and tenth, respectively.

True freshman Adrianna Lopez rounded out the Lobos' scorers, placing 26th with a time of 19:45.

On the men's side, Chris Montoya claimed tenth place as the men posted three runners in the top 25. Montoya's 26:13 time was just seconds ahead of JP Cordova, who clocked a 26:17 time in the men's 8K to place 13th.

Vincent Montoya checked in at 23rd with a 26:58 time, while Austin Alexander (36th, 29:00) and Kyle Fast Wolf (39th, 29:44) rounded out the men's top five finishers.

The men finished with 85 points, behind winner UTEP (29 points) and host New Mexico State (30).

The Lobos return to action next weekend as they travel to Santa Clarita, Calif., for the Pac-12 Preview on Friday, Sept. 21.