'A dream come true': Lobos celebrate NCAA cross country title
November 20, 2017 05:21 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- The University of New Mexico women's cross country team is boasting an NCAA title win from over the weekend, the program's second in three years.
The team took home the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championship trophy. They also won the title back in 2015. Coach Joe Franklin said this meet was a stressful one to watch.
"At the 2,000-meter mark which is six minutes into the race, we are 60 points behind in fourth place. At 4,000 meters, that's about 13 minutes into the race with about 7 minutes left, we are 10 points behind," Franklin said Monday. "The next checkpoint was with three minutes left and we were roughly two points ahead."
One of the individuals who helped bring home the title is Ednah Kurgat. She won the individual title, and she's still taking it all in.
"You know, it's like a dream come true because we've been trying to build ourselves as a team," she said. "We've been trying so hard to encourage ourselves," she said.
Kurgat said she reached out to the coach after looking online and seeing how competitive the Lobo team is. She's won all five races she competed in this year.
"It took a lot of gentleness, a lot of hard work and dedication to go throughout the season," she said. "I can say the most important thing is having self-discipline and knowing who your teammates are."
Updated: November 20, 2017 05:21 PM
Created: November 20, 2017 12:32 PM
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