No. 20 Boise State Women Place Fourth at Griak
David Elliott placed ninth in the 8K race.
Sept. 27, 2014

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FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn.–The Boise State men's and women's cross country teams competed at the 29th annual Roy Griak Invitational on Saturday, held at the Les Bolstad Golf Course in Falcon Heights, Minn. Senior David Elliott led the Broncos with a ninth-place individual finish and helped the men's team to a 12th-place finish. Redshirt senior Emma Bates led the Broncos on the women's side with a sixth-place individual finish and helped secure a fourth-place team finish.

In a loaded women's field with seven nationally ranked teams, the No. 20-ranked Bronco women placed fourth in the six-kilometer race with 185 points.

The Bronco women's fourth-place finish was the highest finish at the Roy Griak Invitational in school history. The women placed seventh at the invite in 2012.

Bates paced the Broncos with her sixth-place finish (21:02.5). Redshirt senior Marisa Howard took 11th place (21:31.2), followed by Tessa Murray (26th, 22:02.2), Sarah Hastings (57th, 22:28.7) and Charlotte Corless (84th, 22:53.8) for the scoring Broncos. Anna Holdiman (23:05.3) and Gracie Tostenson (23.54.7) also raced for the Broncos, placing 93rd and 155th, respectively.

Bates' sixth-place finish at the Griak Invitational marks the best finish for a Bronco on the women's side in school history. Marisa Howard placed 20th at the invitational in 2012.

The men's team placed 12th in the eight-kilometer competition with 369 points.

David Elliott led the Broncos on the men's side with a ninth-place finish out of 301 competitors in a time of 25:09.9. Freshman Andrew Rafla finished 32nd in 25:41.5, followed by Louis McAfee (81st, 26:18.2), Aaron Back (132nd, 26:45.8), Melika Ghali (134th, 27:02.8), Rhys Park (197th, 28:39.7).

Elliott's ninth-place finish is the best finish for the Broncos on the men's side at the Griak Invitational. Jeff Howard placed 16th at the invite in 2010.

Southern Utah claimed the men's title with 142 points. The Thunderbirds' Nate Jewkes took the individual title. Michigan State took the team title on the women's side with 66 points. Arizona State's Shelby Houlihan claimed the individual title.

Next up for the Broncos is the sixth-annual Wisconsin adidas Invitational, hosted by the University of Wisconsin at the Thomas Zimmer Championship Course on Oct. 17.

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