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New Mexico transfers set the pace

2015 Division I Women’s Cross Country

New Mexico team members share a hug after dominating the championship race. Five New Mexico runners finished among the top 24 competitors. JOE ROBBINS / NCAA PHOTOS

The Results

TEAM SCORES

1st: New Mexico, 49

2nd: Colorado, 129

3rd: Oregon, 214

INDIVIDUAL SCORES

1st: Molly Seidel, Notre Dame, 19:28.6

2nd: Allie Ostrander, Boise State, 19:33.6

3rd: Dominique Scott, Arkansas, 19:40.9

ELITE 90 HONOREE
Laura Rose Donegan, New Hampshire

Despite losing four runners from last season’s team that placed third at the NCAA championships, the University of New Mexico women’s cross country team didn’t fade in 2015. The Lobos benefited from several transfers this season. That bunch includes this year’s consistent top scorer, Courtney Frerichs, who led a pack of teammates to notable wins.

At the NCAA Cross Country Championships in Louisville, Kentucky, on Nov. 21, the New Mexico runners didn’t just clinch the national title – they did it in historic fashion. Together, they achieved the lowest score by any team at the national championships since 1982 and brought home New Mexico’s first cross country title.

“They’re going to remember this for the rest of their lives,” New Mexico head coach Joe Franklin said.