November 13, 2010

Cross Country finishes season strong at NCAA Regionals


SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – A total of five Bears concluded their 2010 season today at the NCAA Mountain Region Cross Country Championships. The women had three competitors, while a pair of freshman men ran in their first-ever regional.

Junior Megan Horsch capped her stellar season by finishing 56th overall in a time of 22:11.5 over the six-kilometer course. Horsch improved her placing from a season ago by 65 spots. Senior Denise Kintzley clocked a 23:02.7 to finish in 97th place to move up 13 spots from a year ago and freshman Nicole O'Dwyer timed in at 24:04.9 to place 123rd.

"I'm really looking forward to next year," said coach John Gutierrez. "Our goal is to finish in the top five in conference. Next year's women's team should be the best we've ever had. Both our men ran lifetime bests today. We have great young talent and had great individual performances today."

Freshman Jason Kearns finished 100th, clocking a 33:39.5, while fellow freshman John McCarthy timed a 34:07.9 to place 106th overall.

New Mexico won the men's race, scoring 45 points. Individually, Northern Arizona's David McNeill won the 10K race in 29:24.1. The women's team title was also won by New Mexico while Risper Kimaiyo from UTEP won the race in 20:02.5.