NAU Men and UNM Women Take Home the Championship
by Shawn McCraith '18
The highly prestigious Northern Arizona’s Men Cross Country runners and New Mexico’s own Lady Lobos triumphed at the NCAA championships with a first place win on November 17th in Louisville, Kentucky at the Tom Sawyer Park. Northern Arizona blazed a trail made of yellow and blue, competing with some of the best Division 1 schools around the nation. Making this the second win because they also proved themselves as the best when they took the championship win for the 2016 season. Matt Baxter and Tyler Day are the dynamic duo from Flagstaff that led the way for the 10K but were bested by Syracuse’s Justyn Knight in the last 400 meters of the race. Although neither Baxter or Day attained the first place placing for individuals, their team won by a wide margin. New Mexico’s Lady Lobos were among the most difficult to compete with at the championship race and were not to be reckoned with because of Ednah Kurgat. Kurgat of UNM set a new record for the 6K race that was set by Betsy Saina of Iowa State in 2012, and in this action she placed her team first-- beating San Francisco by fifteen points. This was the team’s eighth straight top 10 win at the NCAA championships which is the longest active streak today in the NCAA. The Lobos were victorious with a score of 90 and; just like the NAU Lumberjacks, it was their second win within three years. This a huge victory for the southwest region that only pushes other colleges and competitive sport associations to better their programs to compete with the likes of NAU and UNM’s elite running athletes. Maintaining the constant running times and wins is no doubt tough but to be the best for two years and collect titles along the way must be amazing.
Accidental Thanksgiving Invitation
by Meche Williams '19
Last year a grandma named Wanda Dench from Mesa, Arizona sent out a mass text inviting her grandkids to come over for Thanksgiving Dinner at 3 p.m., but in reality the message she thought she sent to her grandson was actually sent to a teenager named Jamal Hinton, from Chandler, Arizona.
Hinton received the message in class and wasn’t sure who it was so he was confused as to who sent the message.
Hinton: Who is this? Dench: It’s your grandma.
Hilton asked her if she could send him a picture of herself, once he got the image he saw that it wasn’t his grandma. He sent a picture of himself back and asked if he could still come by and grab a plate. Shockingly she said, "Of course you can. That's what grandmas do...feed everyone!" On Thanksgiving day Hinton showed up to the dinner by himself even when Mrs. Dench invited his family -- turns out his family had to attend some other dinners so they couldn’t make it. Both of them were excited and enjoyed each other's company. They talked about his plans after high school, how his grades are, how he is doing, and even more. Mrs. Dench’s family was welcoming and didn’t treat him poorly; they opened their home to him willingly, as if he was apart of their family.
But that’s not all! Dench decided to invite Jamal again this year for Thanksgiving. He came back to join Wanda Dench for dinner once again and this time he brought his girlfriend and a homemade pumpkin pie. They all enjoyed the food and chatted about how they were doing. Last year’s crazy mishap ended up turning into good friendship and plenty more. Turns out that some mistakes can lead to something wonderful, such as friendship just like Wanda inviting the wrong person to her dinner may end up becoming a great new tradition they can continue for years.
Last Week's Poll Results!
Last week we asked Ambush! Poll takers if they knew about Senator Martin Heinrich's bill concerning the trade of Native American goods: 100% of poll takers said that they did know about the bill.