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Cross Country Gets Taste Of Big Competition At Roy Griak Invitational
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Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 09/29/2001
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Sept. 29, 2001

Minneapolis-- The Washington State University men's cross country team placed 21st in a 36 team field, with the women ranking 24th out of 32 teams at the Roy Griak Invitational Saturday.

"The best thing we got out of this race is experience," WSU coach James Li said. "We learned a lot about running in a really huge race, which will help us tremendously down the road."

The star for the WSU women continues to be junior Everlyne Lagat, who placed eighth with a time of 21 minutes, 8 seconds in the field of 300 runners. Junior Anna Blue finished next for the Cougars in 96th place. Other finishers for the Cougars include senior Jenny Filipy 160th, Ryan Gilmore 168th, April Gagner 196th, and freshmen Molly Bull and Julia Corbett 212th and 215th, respectively

"Everlyne ran a great race," Li said. "She went right out and ran with the lead pack. She's definitely getting better and better each week."

For the second straight week, the WSU women beat Pacific-10 Conference rival Oregon. Arizona State won the women's race with 109 points. Other Pac-10 teams include Arizona in third, Washington seventh, UCLA eighth, WSU 24th, and Oregon 28th.

"It is very valuable for us to learn to run in a big race like this," Li said. "But we definitely have room to run considerably better than we ran today."

On the men's side, Wisconsin won the race with 129 points. Arizona State led the Pac-10, placing eighth, followed by Oregon in 11th, Arizona 16th, Washington 19th, WSU 21st, and UCLA 30th.

Sophomore Ian Johnson from Spokane continues to pace the Cougar men, placing 25th Saturday. Oscar Franco-Parra, a senior from Beaverton, Ore., followed in 70th. Also running for WSU, Jon Welsh placed 101st, Kyle Barker 128th, Scott Johnson 140th, Mike Heidt 150th, Mark Wicklander 165th, Dan Wolf 234th.

"We went out a little slow, because we're just not used to running in a really big race like this," Li said. "We had a tight pack from our third to our seventh runners, but that pack needs to move up a little, and I'm confident we can accomplish that."

Washington State has the next weekend off to train, before heading to Greenville, S.C. for another large meet with significant competition, the Furman Pre-NCAA Invitational October 13.

Roy Griak Invitational
(Les Bolstad Golf Course, Minneapolis, 8,000 meters)
September 29, 2001
Men's Team Results: 1. Wisconsin 129, 2. Portland 167, 3. Providence 189, 4. Colorado State, 5. Duke 212, 6. Wake Forest 250, 7. Michigan 258, 8. Arizona State 267, 9. Michigan State 278, 10. Brigham Young 304, 11. Oregon 326, 12. Nebraska 334, 13. Georgetown 353, 14. William & Mary 366, 14. Air Force 366, 16. Arizona 373, 17. Minnesota 415, 18. Cal Poly 439, 19. Washington 446, 20. Indiana 452, 21. Washington State 464, 22. Virginia 466, 23. Penn State 478, 24. Iowa 498, 25. Columbia 722, 26. Illinois 728, 27. Army, 28. Marquette 782, 29. Missouri 801, 30. UCLA 806, 31. Iowa State 899, 32. Georgia Tech 933, 33. Missouri-Kansas City 956, 34. James Madison 962, 35. Youngstown State 1089, 36. Toledo 1179.
Top Ten Individuals: 1. Matt Tegenkamp (Wisconson) 23:58, 2. Juan Reyes (Arizona State) 24:12, 3. Fasil Bizuneh (Arizona State) 24:13.7, 4. Josh Spiker (Wisconsin) 24:17.2, 5. Mark Pilija (Michingan) 24:18.2, 6. Hamish Thorpe (Providence) 24:20.2, 7. Adam Sutton (Providence) 24:21.0, 8. Isaiah Festa (Wisconsin) 24:23.1, 9. Joe Driscoll (Portland) 24:27.7, 10. Nathan Sisco (Wake Forest) 24:28.6.
WSU Results: 25. Ian Johnson 24:46.7, 70. Oscar Franco-Parra 25:09.3, 101. Jon Welsh 25:23.1, 128. Kyle Barker 25:34.9, 140. Scott Johnson 25:39.8, 150. Mike Heidt 25:43.3, 165. Mark Wicklander 25:47.4, 234. Dan Wolf 26:17.3.

Roy Griak Invitational
(Les Bolstad Golf Course, Minneapolis, 6,000 meters)
September 29, 2001
Women's Team Results: 1. Arizona State 109, 2. Providence 139, 3. Arizona 167, 4. Colorado State 188, 5. Michigan State 194, 6. Virginia 212, 7. Washington 214, 8. UCLA 276, 9. Marquette 300, 10. James Madison 306, 11. Columbia 343, 12. Minnesota 367, 13. Missouri 380, 14. Georgia Tech 406, 15. Duke 440, 16. Northwestern 451, 17. Weber State 458, 18. Wake Forest 462, 19. Toledo 463, 20. Miami (Ohio) 469, 21. Penn State 475, 22. Kent State 485, 23. Illinois 507, 24. Washington State 628, 25. Air Force 634, 26. Nebraska 663, 26. Indiana 663, 28. Oregon 735, 29. Iowa State 744, 30. Coastal Carolina 772, 31. Army 807, 32. Youngstown State 1002.
Top Ten Individuals: 1. Sabrina Monro (Washington) 20:12.9, 2. Lisa Aguilera (Arizona State) 20:34.2, 3. Kelly MacDonald (Arizona State) 20:37.2, 4. Tara Chaplin (Arizona) 20:42.5, 5. Jennifer Owens(Virginia) 20:49.4, 6. Lisa Gibbs (Washington) 20:53.6, 7. Renee Metivier (Georgia Tech) 20:58.0, 8. Everlyne Lagat (Washington State) 21:08.0, 9. Ann Marie (Missouri) 21:12.9, 10. Brianna Torres (Arizona State) 21:13.4.
WSU Results: 8. Everlyne Lagat 21:08.0, 96. Anna Blue 22:31.2, 160. Jenny Filipy 23:02.1, 168. Ryan Gilmore 23:09.8, 196. April Gagner 23:38.0, 212. Molly Bull 24:41.0, 215. Julia Corbett 24:47.2.

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