State Notes 05-20-11

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Lobo XC to open 2011 with their home college, high school invite

ALBUQUERQUE — The 2010 cross country season was a major success for the New Mexico Lobos, so why mess with a good thing?  
Lobo head coach Joe Franklin apparently won’t be messing with it, as he has released his 2011 schedule for his defending Mountain Regional championship cross country teams and the schedule looks a lot like his 2010 schedule.
The schedule features a meet every other week, starting Sept. 3. The season opens, as usual, with the Lobo College & High School Cross Country Invitational, held at the UNM North golf course.  
In 2010, that meet featured more than 1,000 collegiate and prep runners.
The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls and boys cross country teams are regular participants in the Lobo Invite.
The only change in 2011 Lobos’ schedule is the fourth meet of the season, which is the University of Wisconsin Invitational Oct. 15.  That meet replaces the Roy Griak Invitational, hosted by the University of  Minnesota.
The 2011 Mountain West Championships are being hosted by TCU in its final year in the conference. That meet will take place Oct. 29.
Franklin, last year’s conference coach of the year, feels he has a scheduling system that works.
“We will use the same formula in 2011 that helped us qualify both teams to NCAA’s in 2009 and 2010,” Franklin said. “We will run several high-powered meets.... The 2011 schedule should help us develop the type of toughness that is needed to compete at the highest levels of NCAA competition.”

Aggie men’s hoops to open season at Great Alaska Shootout

LAS CRUCES — The New Mexico State University men’s basketball team is set to play in the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout this November. University of Alaska Anchorage officials announced the tournament field Wednesday.
Along with host Alaska Anchorage and NMSU, men’s teams from UC Irvine, Central Michigan, Dartmouth, Murray State, San Francisco and Southern Mississippi will appear at Sullivan Arena for the 34th annual college basketball tournament.
“I think it will be a very good trip in terms of the level of competition,” NMSU head coach Marvin Menzies said. “I know San Francisco will be a highly-ranked team in the (West Coast Conference) next year. I know Central Michigan has a very solid program and the potential second round pairing is going to be a very competitive game. Dartmouth is going to present its challenges with its style of play. I think we’re getting exactly what we want out of this tournament, which is some very competitive games with an opportunity to compete against teams on a neutral floor.”

NMSU women’s basketball inks Mayfield star Holguin

LAS CRUCES — New Mexico State University women’s basketball head coach Mark Trakh announced that Elena Holguin, a shooting guard from Mayfield High School signed a National Letter of Intent this week to play for the Aggies next season.
A prolific shooting guard, Holguin was a key component of Mayfield’s 2011 Class 5A state championship title in New Mexico this season. She averaged 26.3 points per game in the state tournament.
The 5-8 guard was also featured prominently in four consecutive Mayfield district titles while her team compiled a 104-12 record under head coach George Maya.
“We are excited to sign Elena,” said Trakh. “She really excelled on the state championship team and is a great local prospect for us. Her signing is a big step in the right direction to help us recruit the best local talent as well as accomplished athletes from across the state and borderland region.”