Women Finish Third, Men Eighth at Griak Invitational
Sept. 29, 2007
ST. PAUL, Minn. - The Michigan State Cross Country teams traveled to Minnesota on Saturday for the 22nd annual Roy Griak Invitational held at Les Bolstad Golf Course in Falcon Heights, Minn. The women's team had another great day, as they finished third in the overall standings for the third time in as many meets. The Spartan men also had a strong day as they finished eighth out of 23 teams.
Nicole Bush led the charge for MSU, she took home fifth place overall, as she posted a time of 21:22 for her third top-five finish of the year. Alissa McKaig crossed the finish line shortly after with a time of 21:46, good for 11th place. Junior Sarah Price, a Minnesota native, was the third finisher for the Spartans, as she posted a time of 22:05, placing her 26th overall.
"I thought the women ran pretty well today," said coach Walt Drenth. "Not 100 percent of what we are capable of, but we were competitive. It was good to see where we match up."
The MSU men fared well, placing eighth overall to give them their third top-10 finish of the year. Sophomore Max Goldak was the top finisher for the men's team on Saturday, as he finished in 38th place overall with a time of 25:33 on the 8-kilometer course. Freshman Patrick Grosskopf showed promise for a young runner, as he finished in 40th place overall with a time of 25:36, while sophomore Nick Katseferas crossed the finish line a second later to rank him in 42nd place. Freshman Mike Quick (25.44) and Spence Beatty (26:03) finished 58th and 77th overall for the Spartans. Senior Jim Pancoast finished with a time of 26:16, to place 85th, while Junior Dustin Voss (26:20) finished in 88th.
"We had mixed results with the men today," explained Coach Drenth. "I thought the young guys, Max, Pat, Nick, Mike and Spence all raced well, but in order for us to be the team we are capable of being, we need the upperclassmen to step up."
The Minnesota women's cross country team defended their home course and took home top honors, as they placed two runners in the top 10. Sophmore Jamie Cheever (21:36) and Gabriele Anderson (21:37) lead the way, placing 8th and 9th overall for the Gophers. Northern Arizona ran away with the men's title, as they had the top two finishers overall. Junior Lopez Lumong finished with time of (24:05) to finish first, while Sophomore David McNeill finished with a time of 24:27 to claim second place.
MSU next travels to Terre Haute, Ind. on Oct. 13, where they will compete in the Pre-NCAA Invitational. Alissa McKaig lead the way for the women's team last year as she finished in sixth place individually to help her team to a sixth place finish, as the men took home 12th place.
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