Cross country teams compete well at Roy Griak
Over the weekend, the CSC cross country teams made the trip to Minneapolis for the 38th running of the Roy Griak Invitational hosted by the University of Minnesota.
Both teams finished in the top half of their respective fields on Saturday at Les Bolstad Golf Course. The women finished in a tie for 14th place out of 43 teams in the Maroon II division. The men’s team ended the day in 18th place. There were over 40 teams and 400 runners competing in the division.
The women’s team was led by Alyse Henry, sophomore of Rock Springs, Wyoming, and Nicky Banzhaf, senior of Chadron. The two finished together posting times only a tenth of a second apart. Henry crossed the line in 52nd place on the five kilometer course in 23 minutes, 53.6 seconds, while Banzhaf took 53rd.
“The meet was a good insight that the conference and region meets are quickly approaching,” Henry said. “The competition was tough but it was nice to feel what it’s like to really ‘race’ again.”
The other women who earned points for the Eagles are Taylor Allison, senior of Gordon, who ran a time of 24:48, Julia Eskelson, freshman of Meeker, Colorado, who finished in 25:18, and Dominique Oden, sophomore of Anaheim, California, who finished in 25:23.
“Overall, as a team I am happy with how everyone competed this weekend,” Henry said. “The ladies have been working hard at practice and their effort has shown on one of the toughest courses we will run this season.”
The men’s team’s top finisher was Riley Howard, sophomore of Anchorage, Alaska. He placed 28th crossing the line in 26:50.
As a team, the Eagles ended the day with 439 points. Other point scorers include Eric Yager, senior of Hot Springs, South Dakota, who finished 73rd on the eight kilometer course with a time of 27:32, Phill Duncan, senior of Chadron, who finished in 27:38, Levi Avila, senior of Mitchell, who finished in 28:09, and Sheldon Curley, freshman of Ganado, Arizona, who finished in 28:21.
Overall, the Eagles’ personal times improved from last year. Howard, Yager, and Duncan each improved their times from last year’s edition of the Griak Invite by around a minute apiece. Avila improved his time from a year ago by 30 seconds.
The Eagles will be back in action on Oct. 7th when to compete at Western Washington University, Bellingham.