Lobo run­ners ready for chal­lenge in Wis­con­sin

Albuquerque Journal - - SPORTS - FROM JOUR­NAL RE­PORTS

The No. 3-ranked Univer­sity of New Mex­ico women’s cross coun­try team looks to so­lid­ify its cre­den­tials for the NCAA Cham­pi­onships when it com­petes to­day in the Wis­con­sin In­vi­ta­tional.

The Lobo men are also hop­ing to pad their ré­sumé at the meet in Madi­son, Wis.

The UNM women ran sec­ond be­hind No. 1 Colorado in the Notre Dame In­vi­ta­tional a cou­ple of weeks ago. In this 6-kilo­me­ter race, the Lo­bos will com­pete with No. 5 Stan­ford, No. 6 San Fran­cisco, No. 7 North Carolina State, No. 8 Prov­i­dence, No. 11 Wash­ing­ton and No. 13 Boise State.

Lobo Ed­nah Kur­gat, the top fin­isher at Notre Dame, will be joined by se­nior Alice Wright (runner-up to Kur­gat at Notre Dame), fresh­man Weini Ke­lati (sixth at Notre Dame) and ju­nior Char­lotte Prouse (a Wash­ing­ton trans­fer who ran fifth at Wis­con­sin in 2016). Wright was sec­ond in the Wis­con­sin race last year.

“We’re ex­cited for the sec­ond race of the year,” UNM coach Joe Franklin said. “We’re look­ing to close some gaps on not only the women’s side but the men’s side.”

Alexan­der Palm (sev­enth) and Josh Kerr (18th) helped the Lobo men run 10th at Notre Dame.

No. 1 North­ern Ari­zona, No. 3 Syra­cuse, No. 4 Stan­ford, No. 6 South­ern Utah are among the men’s teams com­pet­ing.

“You have to place some­where in the mid­dle of the race,” Franklin said of his men’s team. “If you place in the mid­dle of the race, you’re go­ing to get done what you need to get done to have a shot to go to the na­tional cham­pi­onship.”

The women’s race starts at 11:20 a.m., with the men’s 8K race set for noon.

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