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Seven Western New Mexico University cross country runners competed at the Triton Invite that took place on the campus of UC San Diego.

Kayla Noriega, Elizabeth Beltran and Amy Farfan competed on the women's side, while Michael Anzures, Roberto Cota, Dorian Carrasco and Armondo Antonio competed on the men's side.

Western New Mexico University tennis players Vladimir Gnilozubov, Zachary Grabovic, Liam Fraboulet and Nadia Justiniano all earned Lone Star Conference Academic awards Thursday.

To be eligible for LSC academic honors, student-athletes must carry at least a 3.30 grade point average and have reached sophomore status both athletically and academically. The Academic Player of Year award and All-Academic Team are selected from the list of academically qualified players, with the league's sports information directors voting on the basis of both academic and athletic achievement.

mckenzie lucas rsNew Mexico State University rodeo athlete Lucas Mckenzie ropes his steer at the Tsaile, Arizona college rodeo.
(NMSU photo by Savannah Montero)
WRITER: Savannah Montero, 575-646-1614, smontero@nmsu.edu

Dust, strong winds and unusually cold weather swarmed through the final Grand Canyon region rodeo April 13-14. The New Mexico State University rodeo team brought its game faces to the last rodeo in Socorro, New Mexico, which determined the top three finalists who advance to the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyoming, in June.

Junior Yasmeen Gastelum drove in the first run of the game for the Lady Mustangs and then added a solo home run as the Western New Mexico University softball team once again ran into a hot-hitting No. 7 Texas A&M-Commerce squad that won the series finale 18-3 Saturday in Lone Star Conference play.

Gastelum finished the day 2-3 as she drove in a run with a single in the fourth and picked up her third home run of the season in the sixth.

Following a scoreless first inning, Texas A&M-Commerce (35-5, 20-4 LSC) turned up the offense in the second when they plated seven runs on three hits, with the big blow being a grand slam by Kinsie Hebler. Hebler had a weekend to remember with 11 hits, five home runs and 19 RBI.

The Western New Mexico University women’s tennis team made it a tough challenge for No. 38 Texas A&M-Kingsville as the Lady Mustangs played inspired throughout the day and came close to pulling out the win before the Javelinas held on for the 7-2 Lone Star Conference victory Saturday.

It was senior day for the lone season on the team in Jeanne Kolb. The three men’s seniors were also honored after the match that included Vladimir Gnilozubov, Pablo Santibanez and Zachary Grabovic.

Junior Ariana Maldonado picked up hits in both games to keep her hitting streak alive, now up to 15 games. No. 7 Texas A&M-Commerce proved why their tied for the top spot in the conference as they picked up a pair of run-rule wins 22-3 and 18-4 Friday in Lone Star Conference action.

Maldonado tallied a single in game one and then added a home run in game two. WNMU (4-37, 2-21 LSC) picked up seven hits in the opener with redshirt freshman Alicia Habitzreuther going 2-3. Junior Yasmeen Gastelum drove in all three runs when she launched a three-run homer in the fourth.

Five Western New Mexico University cross country runners competed at the California Collegiate Invite that was hosted by UC San Diego. The Mustangs will return to the area to run at the Triton Invite this Saturday, before finishing the spring season on Apr. 20 in Azusa at the Bryan Clay Invite.

Michael Anzures (Seboyeta, NM/Grants) put together a strong day as he competed in both the 800 and 1,500 as his time in the 1,500 was a personal record. Anzures grabbed a time of 4:08.79 in the 1,500 to place 12th. He added a time of 2:01.14 in the 800 to cross in 14th.

Sophomore Brenda Dominguez shot a pair of consistent rounds at the Mustang Intercollegiate to lead the Western New Mexico University women’s golf team into 16th place after the second and final round concluded Tuesday at the par 72, 5,900 yard Palm Valley Golf Club.The Lady Mustangs carded scores of 314-310 for a 624 to finish just two shots back of MSU Denver. Dallas Baptist won the 20-team tournament with a 564 to best the field by six-strokes. DBU also had the top individual in Evelyn Arguelles who tied with Cal Baptist’s Jocelyn Chee Yi Min as both fired four-under 140’s. Arguelles took home the individual title based on having the lowest round of a 68.

Dominguez compiled rounds of 75 and 74 for a 149 to tie for 33rd. She posted a pair of birdies during the final round on holes eight and 11. She was near the top of the field in par-five scoring (4.75) and led the team in pars with 24 and in birdies with four. Senior Samantha Hernandez was just a few shots back as she finished with a 154 after rounds of 76 and 78 to tie for 48th. She did well in par-three scoring (3.25) and added 22 pars. Junior Shelby Turner tied for 72nd with scores of 79 and 81 for a 160. She also did her best in par-three scoring compiling a 3.38 average.

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