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2005 Lobo Cross Country Invitational Meet Information
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  08/16/2005
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

2005 Lobo Cross Country Invitational

Saturday, September 10

University of New Mexico North Golf Course

Meet Schedule
7 a.m. - Community Fun Run (5K)
8 a.m. - High School Varsity Boys (5K)
8:20 a.m. - High School Varsity Girls (5K)

8:40 a.m. - Collegiate Men (8K)
9:10 a.m. - Collegiate Women (6K)

9:30 a.m. - High School Junior Varsity Boys (5K)
9:50 a.m. - High School Junior Varisty Girls (5K)
10:10 a.m. - High School C Team Boys (5K)
10:30 a.m. - High SChool C Team Girls (5K)

Collegiate Teams - 8
Adams State College (Alamosa, Colo.), Colorado State University (Fort Collins, Colo.), Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge, La.), University of New Mexico, New Mexico State University (Las Cruces, N.M.), University of Texas at El Paso, Texas Tech University (Lubbock, Texas), Western State College (Gunnison, Colo.).

High School Teams - 21
Albuquerque Academy, Albuquerque HS, Cibola HS, Eldorado HS, La Cueva HS, Los Alamos HS, Manzano HS, Pojoaque HS, Rio Rancho HS, Sandia HS, Santa Fe HS, St. Michael's HS, St. Pius X HS, West Mesa HS, Capital HS, Bloomfield HS, Taos HS, Cathedral HS, Thoreau HS, Gallup HS.

Media Relations
Collegiate results will be available online at www.golobos.com approximately one hour following the conclusion of the women's 6K race. Collegiate results will also be emailed upon request. Please contact Alfredo Moreno at avmoreno@unm.edu to request results.

High school varsity results for the top-10 individual finishers and team standings will be available at www.golobos.com. Complete varsity results will be posted at the course and provided to coaches. Results for junior varsity and C team races will be posted at the course only.

Community 5K Fun Run Information

Time:7 a.m.
Entry Fee: $10
Registration:Runners of all ages can register at the course on the day of the meet. Representatives from the UNM Cross Country/Track & Field program will be available to assist you at the course. All proceeds from the Community Fun Run will benefit the UNM Cross Country/Track & Field program.
Contact: Matt Henry - 505-925-5735, Mark Henry - 505-925-5736 (mrkhenry@unm.edu)

University of New Mexico North Golf Course - The Home of Lobo Cross Country

Thanks to the efforts of Matt Henry and his staff, University of New Mexico runners have the luxury of competing in one of the top cross country environments in the nation. Located 5,085 feet above sea level in the heart of Lobo country, the UNM North Golf Course has been the home of Lobo cross country since Henry took over the program in 2000.

In their six years at UNM, Henry and his staff have worked to re-establish Albuquerque as one of the premier running locations in the nation. Blessed with excellent weather throughout much of the fall, the Duke City has been the site of the Mountain West Conference Cross Country Championships, the elite NCAA Mountain Region Championships as well as the biggest cross country meet in the state of New Mexico each year, the annual Lobo Invitational.

Each year thousands of vocal and knowledgeable New Mexico distance running enthusiasts pack the North Golf Course to see their homegrown Lobos compete against some of the nation's premier teams. The spectator-friendly course winds its way through the cheering crowd, giving athletes a tremendous boost. And with its ideal location, less than a mile from the main campus, many UNM runners can simply jog home after competition.

"It's right on campus and I like that," said Henry. "We're the University of New Mexico, that's our golf course, and to be able to run there is exciting. We've had a great response from our fans who have come out and watched. I know that spectators probably couldn't have a better situation than they have at the North Course. If you're willing to walk 100 meters, you can watch virtually the entire race on our course. New Mexico is a distance state. More distance runners come out of this state than anything and I want to see the entire state of New Mexico out watching these cross country meets."

Directions To The Course
(the golf course is located near the corner of Yale Blvd. and Tucker Rd. on the UNM North Campus)

(from I-25) Take Lomas exit and head east, towards the mountains, on Lomas Blvd. Turn left on Yale Blvd. and continue north before turning right on Tucker Rd. The golf course clubhouse and parking lot will be on the left.

(from I-25 south) Take Lomas exit and turn left, heading east on Lomas Blvd. Turn left on Yale Blvd. and continue north before turning right on Tucker Rd. The golf course clubhouse and parking lot will be on the left.

(from I-40) Exit I-25 south then take Lomas exit and head east, towards the mountains, on Lomas Blvd. Turn left on Yale Blvd. and continue north before turning right on Tucker Rd. The golf course clubhouse and parking lot will be on the left.

Lobo Invitational History

This season marks the sixth running of the UNM Lobo Invitational under head coach Matt Henry. After a six-year absence, Henry brought NCAA cross country competition back to Albuquerque with the 2000 Lobo Invitational, which was also held at the North Golf Course. In 2002, Henry expanded the meet to include six high school races and last year, he added a 5K community fun run to open the day. Each year, thousands of knowledgeable distance running fans flock to UNM's North Campus to watch the competition on one of the most spectator-friendly cross country courses in the nation.

UNM's men and women each placed third out of five teams at Henry's first Lobo Invite before the meet was moved to the Paradise Hills Golf Course in northwest Albuquerque in 2001. Both Lobo squads finished second, behind the Air Force, in a four-team field. New Mexico's Sarah Gonzales provided the highlight of the day with her wire-to-wire victory in the women's race.

The 2002 competition was a preview of the elite 2002 NCAA Mountain Region Championship meet, which was also held at the UNM North Golf Course later that year. Five members of the 18-team Mountain Region, which is arguably the premier cross country grouping in the country, were represented at the meet. New Mexico's Cameron Clarke finished second to lead the Lobo men to an impressive 21-point victory over the field. Jacquelyne Gallegos had a career-best second place finish to help the UNM women finish second.

In 2003, Sean Flaherty finished 18th to lead the UNM men to a fourth place finish in the 14-team field. Riann Lucy, meanwhile, placed 27th in her first career race to help the Lobo women finish fifth out of 13 teams.

Last fall, Shadrack Kiptoo-Biwott (first) and Matt Gonzales (second) blew away the field to lead the New Mexico men (35 points) to a convincing victory over an 11-team field that included 2003 NCAA Championship qualifier Texas A&M (67 points). On the women's side, junior Jacquelyne Gallegos finished third overall to lead a young Lobo squad to a third place team finish.