Broncos Place Fifth, Seventh at Roy Griak Invite

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Boise State men's cross country team picked up a fifth-place finish, while the women snagged a seventh-place finish at the 2012 Roy Griak Invitational hosted by the University of Minnesota at the Les Bolstad Golf Course in St. Paul, Minn.

The men placed fifth in the Men's Gold Division (Division I) race, collecting 175-points, while the women placed seventh in the Women's Gold Division with 189-points.

Boise State's men were led by junior Allan Schroeder who covered the 8-kilometer course in 25:19, placing 22 nd. Senior Barak Watson finished close behind in 28th (25:31), while sophomore David Elliott placed 38th (25:45). Rounding out the Bronco scorers, junior Jeff Howard was fourth for the Broncos and 45th overall (25:55) and Aaron Back placed 46th (25:57). Junior Drew O'donoghue-McDonald also raced, placing 47th (35:57), while Dakota Parker rounded out the squad with a 66th-place finish (26:19).

Sophomore Marisa VanderMalle racked in an 20th-place finish (21:55) to lead the women on the 6-kilometer course, while juniors Tessa Murray placed 23rd (22:01) and Erin McLaughlin placed 49th (22:34). Junior Taryn Treadway finished just behind in 50th (22:35), and junior Lauren Lucas placed 67th (22:58). Junior Sarah Bisterfeldt placed 73rd (23:03) while Kate Jette rounded out the squad with an 80th-place finish (23:14).

Host team Minnesota won the men's team title with 67-points, while Regina's Kelly Wiebe won the men's individual title in 24:18.

Iowa State's Betsy Saina ran 20:51 to win the women's title and lead the Cyclones to the team title with 47-points.

The Broncos continue competition in one week on Saturday, October 6 with the Boise State Invitational. The meet will be held at Ann Morrison Park with a 12 p.m. start.

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