Courtney Schultz of the New Mexico State University cross country team wrapped up her collegiate cross country career at the NCAA Championships in Louisville, Ky., on Saturday, Nov. 17, by placing 59th overall.
Schultz, a senior from Cloudcroft, N.M., placed 59th with a time of 20:28.2 in the women's 6K. Schultz ran an average pace of 5:30 per mile throughout the course.
Schultz' finish in 2012 was a significant improvement both in time and overall placing from last year's competition. In 2011, Schultz finished 88th overall with a time of 20:55.1.
Schultz was the only cross country athlete from the Western Athletic Conference to qualify for the NCAA Championships.
Schultz is coming off one of the best seasons of any cross country runner in NM State history, and will finish her career at NM State as one of the most decorated athletes ever to run in the cross country program.
Schultz was named Western Athletic Conference Athlete of the Week on three different occasions during the 2012 season. Her first time winning the award came the week of Aug. 27-Sept. 2, when she placed first overall at the Lobo Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M., to open up the cross country season. Schultz later won the award for the week of Sept. 24-30, when she placed second overall at the Rim Rock Collegiate Invitational in Lawrence, Kan., and finished the particular course design as second all-time for the event. Schultz won the award for a third time for the week of Oct. 8-14, when she placed first overall at the Bronco Invitational in Sunnyvale, Calif.
At the WAC Championships in Ruston, La., Schultz finished second overall and earning a spot on the first team all-WAC with a time of 17:25.81. Schultz has finished first for NM State in every event she has competed in this season.
Schultz has earned many awards and will likely find a spot in the NM State record books as one of the most decorated runners during the history of the school's cross country program. Schultz has been named to the first team all-WAC all four years of her career at NM State. Schultz was named WAC Freshman of the Year in 2009. Schultz was also named WAC Athlete of the Year for three straight years, spanning 2009-11.