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HOBBS, New Mexico – For the second consecutive week, Colby Sandoval reset his personal best in the 8k race, finishing fifth at the NMJC Invitational on Friday, September 23.

Sandoval finished the 8km race with a time of 25:18.6, demolishing his previous personal best set last week at the Texas Tech Open of 52.7 seconds. Fifth place is also a new career high for Sandoval, beating his 11th place finish at the 2021 D-II preview.

As a team, the Chaps finished second with a total time of 2:16:17 and 43 points. That placement is three spots higher than last season at the same event for the Chaps, as LCU finished fifth in last year’s race. The team also reduced its average race time by more than a minute, finishing with an average time of 27:15 compared to 28:21.04 in the same competition last season.

carlos barraza collected his third career top 10 finish, finishing eighth with a time of 27:01.0. It’s the fastest Barraza has run in an 8K this season, beating his time of 27:05.5 at the Texas Tech open by 4.4 seconds.

Tristan Young notched his second career top 10, as he placed 10th overall with a time of 27:52.9. It is the second time in Young’s career that he has completed the 8K in under 28 minutes, his last time being at the 2020 Lone Star Conference Championships where he set a personal best of 27:18.0. The mark is a new best time for Young at the NMJC Meet, as he beat his previous best 8K time on the Hobbs course of 28:51.1 set in 2019.

Hagen sage recorded a new career-high 12th place with a time of 28:01.3. Sage beat his best mark from the previous season in the 8K set at the Texas Tech Open last week by 47 seconds.

Aiden Zingon finished just behind Sage in 13th with a new personal best of 28:03.5. This brand beats its previous PR time in 8K by 48.8 seconds.

Nathan Gobel finished 25th with a time of 30:57.6, while his teammate Angel Avendano finished 27th with a time of 31:40.6.

No. 1-ranked JUCO New Mexico Junior College won the team championship with a time of 2:05:43 and 17 points. Germany’s Vega of the Thunderbirds won the individual championship with a time of 24:12.0.

The Chaps will now prepare for the NCAA Division II preview to be held on the campus of Lubbock Christian University on Friday, October 7.

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