Broncos Head to Roy Griak Invite
Sept. 24, 2015

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WHAT:
The Broncos will travel to Falcon Heights, Minn., for their second meet of the year, the 30th annual Roy Griak Invitational at the Les Bolstad Golf Course. One of the largest meets in the country, the Griak includes six collegiate races and four high school races.

2014 marked the 51st year of service to the University of Minnesota by legendary coach Roy Griak before his passing on July 9, 2015. Griak served as the head coach of the Minnesota men's cross country team from 1963-1996.

WHEN: Both the men and women will race on Saturday, Sept. 26. The men will race first at 11: 20 a.m. (MT), followed by the women’s race an hour later at 12:20 p.m.

WATCH: FloTrack will provide live coverage of the event on their website. To watch, click HERE.

WHO: 27 teams will be vying for the women’s title, while 24 teams will compete on the men’s side. The two top teams in the women’s field include No. 2 Iowa State and No. 6 Michigan State. The Broncos will be the third-highest ranked team in Minnesota according to the USTFCCCA Coaches’ Poll at No. 20. Other teams that should contend include Minnesota (No. 26), California (No. 30) and Baylor.

Fellow Mountain West team Colorado State will be the favorite in the men’s race at No. 22, while Michigan State and California are close behind at No. 25 and 29, respectively. The Broncos will be joined by Southern Utah and Minnesota as teams that have received votes in the national poll, but have not yet cracked the top 30.

COMPETING BRONCOS:

WOMEN MEN
Annie Bothma Elijah Armstrong
Charlotte Corless Chandler Austin
Alexis Fuller Addison Dehaven
Anna Holdiman Louis McAfee
Minttu Hukka Dan Oekerman
Allie Ostrander Rhys Park
Brenna Peloquin Tom Richardson
Gracie Tostenson John Rodeheffer
Katy Wood Michael Vennard


CONDITIONS:
The forecast for Saturday in Falcon Heights, Minn., calls for a high of 77 degrees and a low of 58, with sunny, clear skies.

RANKINGS: The Bronco women check in at No. 20, while the men’s squad is still receiving votes in this week’s USTFCCCA Coaches’ Poll. The women moved up one spot in last week’s rankings to No. 19 after their success at the Utah Open and the Dual in Speedway Meadow, but the idle weekend saw them sink back to their original preseason ranking.

OSTRANDER’S SUCCESS: After earning the victory at the Dual in Speedway Meadow in her first race as a Bronco with a time of 20:44.4 on the 6-kilometer course, Allie Ostrander traveled to Snowdonia, North Wales to compete with Team USA in the World Junior Mountain Running Championships. Sporting the Red, White and Blue, Ostrander was victorious on the 4.7-kilometer mountain course after crossing the line in 19:44. The freshman from Kenai, Alaska, will be looking for another good finish this weekend when she toes the line in Minnesota.

LAST YEAR AT THE GRIAK: The Broncos competed last year at the Roy Griak Invitational and were led by David Elliott’s ninth-place finish (25:09.9) on the men’s side, and Emma Bates’ sixth-place day (21:02.5) for the women. As a team, the women took fourth place for the highest finish at the Roy Griak Invitational in school history, while the men placed 12th.


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