UA Cross Country Shines at Griak Invitational

Sept. 28, 2003

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - The University of Arizona's men's and women's cross country teams traveled to Minneapolis for the Roy Griak Invitational on Saturday. The University of Minnesota played host to one of the nation's premier cross country meets at the Les Bolstad Golf Course. The Wildcat men continued their success with a sixth-place showing among a strong field of competitors. The task was a bit tougher for the UA women, as they finished 21st in the overall team standings.

Freshman Robert Cheseret is proving to be a gem for the men's cross country team. He led the team with a second-place finish, covering the 8,000-meter course in 24:00. Cheseret finished only two seconds behind BYU's Kip Kangogo. Kangogo is considered one of the favorites to win the national title in November.

Junior Jonah Maiyo was the second Wildcat across the finish line on Saturday. The junior college transfer finished ninth overall in 24:32. Senior Matt McInvale was the third Wildcat finisher, claiming 68th place in 25:27.

Senior Kyle Goklish rejoined the Wildcats this weekend after sitting out the Dave Murray Invitational. Goklish was the fourth finisher for the Wildcats, crossing the line at 25:32 in 74th place. Senior Eric Bohn rounded out the scoring for the men, finishing 105th in 25:48.

The Arizona men were also helped out by Jin Daikoku (138th, 26:03) and Eric Chavez (140th, 26:04).

On the women's side, junior Beth Hoge led the Wildcats, finishing 72nd in 22:15 on the 6,000-meter course. Sophomore Adrienne Goeller was the next Wildcat across the line. She finished 105th with a time of 22:41. Senior Nicole Gurnicz was 122nd, crossing the line at 22:50 as the third Wildcat finisher.

Sophomore Michi Hirakawa-Wong was 130th with a time of 22:58 to be the fourth Arizona runner to finish. The final scorer was sophomore Amber Steen, finishing 145th in 23:10. Also joining the UA women were Karen Langdorf (158th, 23:34) and Jenn Ford (172nd, 24:01).

The Wildcats will take next weekend off in preparation for the ASU Invitational on October 10 in Tempe, Ariz.

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