BLACKWATER DRAW — Led by junior Kaspars Briska, the Eastern New Mexico University cross country team scored a 26-31 victory over West Texas A&M in a dual meet on Tuesday at Blackwater Draw.
Briska, from Riga, Latvia, posted an eight-kilometer time of 25 minutes, 47.90 seconds. Junior Justin Samaniego was third for the Greyhounds while freshman Chase Beausoleil, a Clovis High grad, came in fourth.
In women’s competition, WT took five of the top six spots and rolled to a 17-39 victory over the Zias.
WT’s Mireia Gaurner won the 6K race with a time of 22:47.08. ENMU’s top time was a season-best 23:19.78, good for fourth place, by sophomore Amber Saiz.
The dual meet was the first home competition for ENMU since Sept. 1, 2006.
The Hounds and Zias will now host the Lone Star Conference championships on Oct. 26, also at Blackwater Draw. The women’s race kicks off the event at 9:30 a.m.
At Blackwater Draw
ENMU 26, West Texas A&M 31
Individual winner: Kasper Briska, Eastern New Mexico 25:47.90.
Other ENMU results: 3. Justin Samaniego 26:44.94; 4. Chase Beausoleil 26:56.36; 7. Mason Thomas 27:25.82; 15. Baron Barber 28:33.34; 16. Scott Wesselink 29:16.11; 18. Matt Dominguez 29:42.70.
West Texas A&M 17, ENMU 39
Individual winner: Mirela Gaurner, West Texas A&M 22:47.08.
ENMU results: 4. Amber Saiz 23:19.78; 7. Bayleigh Baker 23:41.45; 8. Brittany Buchanan 23:49.71; 9. Sabrina Huelga 23:52.00; 11. Alesha Jones 24:30.24; 12. Beth Blind 24:44.54; 15. Sarah Bertram 29:26.62.