Cross Country Takes on First Big Meet of Season
Sept. 29, 2002
Minneapolis, Minn. -- The Washington State University men's cross country team placed 21st in a 27 team field, and the Cougar women finished 18th out of 22 teams at Saturday's 18th Annual Roy Griak Invitational Meet held at Minneapolis' Les Bolstad Golf Course.
"It was a big meet with a lot of people," WSU coach Jason Drake said. "Sometimes it's a little hard to get started out there compared to when we ran at Idaho in the last meet."
Junior Anna Blue continued to run well for the Cougs finishing 55th out of a field of about 200 runners. Junior Ana Cabrera was the big surprise for the Cougs as she finished second on the team, 97th in the field. Other finishers, in order, for the Cougars were Molly Bull 109th, Hillary Smith 117th, and freshman Hailey Young, 137th. Julia Corbett was unable to finish the race due to a pulled muscle.
"Ana (Cabrera) was the story of the day," Drake said. "She ran really well and finished with a good time."
Pac-10 schools in the race included Arizona State, which finished second to Michigan State in the women's race. Oregon was eighth, while Arizona finished behind the Cougs at 19th. Michigan State's Michelle Carson was the individual winner.
On the men's side, Oregon won the race with 96 points. Arizona State also ran well for the Pac-10, placing ninth, followed by WSU (21st) and Arizona (24th). BYU's Kip Kangogo won the individual title.
Cougar sophomore Danny Wolf continued to pace the WSU men, placing 46th, Saturday. Junior Ian Johnson, who came back from an early season injury, followed in 94th. Also running for WSU, Mark Wicklander placed 115th, Mike Heidt 134th, Kyle Barker 163th, Justin Ireland 166th, and freshman Reid Carrell 178th.
"We were a little flat today all around," Drake said. "We had a couple of guys who were nursing colds so maybe that was why we were running so flat."
The Washington State cross country teams will not compete next weekend, choosing to train only. The Cougs will host the WSU Invitational at the WSU Golf Course, Saturday, October 12.
Roy Griak Invitational (Les Bolstad Golf Course, Minneapolis, 8,000 meters) September 28, 2002 Men's Team Results: 1.Oregon 96, 2. Eastern Michigan 105, 3. Weber State 166, 4. Brigham Young 173, 5. Minnesota 195, 6. Providence 220, 7. Central Michigan 230, 8. Wisconsin 268, 9. Arizona State 280, 10. Texas 284, 11. Iowa 300, 12. Ohio State 314, 13. Miami (Ohio) 362, 14. Michigan State 368, 15. Nebraska 372, 16. Illinois 393, 17. Utah 403, 18. Texas A&M 446, 19. US Naval Academy 466, 20. Wake Forrest 508, 21. Washington State 552, 22. Kansas State 595, 23. Iowa State 603, 24. Wichita State 660, 24. Arizona 660, 26. Georgia 672, 27. Missouri-Kansas City 766. Top Ten Individuals: 1. Kip Kangogo (Brigham Young) 23:38.9, 2. Boaz Cheboiywo (Eastern Michigan) 23:47.3, 3. Gavin Thompson (Eastern Mighigan) 24:09.2, 4. Adam Sutton (Providence) 24:22.4, 5. Christopher Toloff (Michigan State) 24:33.1, 6. Mathew Chesang (Kansas State) 24:39.6, 7. Bobby Lockhart (Wisconsin) 24:40.7, 8. Ryan Andrus (Oregon) 24:41.3, 9. Andrew Bowler (Nebraska) 24:43.1, 10. Andrew Carlson (Minnesota) 24:44.0. WSU Results: 46. Daniel Wolf, 25:05.2, 94. Ian Johnson, 25:33.2, 115. Mark Wicklander, 25:46.9, 134. Mike Heidt, 26:00. 5. 163. Kyle Barker, 26:43.8, 166. Justin Ireland, 26:47.0, 178. Reid Carrell, 27:14.7.
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