Ramos Leads Bruins at Roy Griak Invitational

Sept. 24, 2005

Junior Austin Ramos continued his impressive cross country season with a sixth-place finish at the Roy Griak Invitational in Minnesota. Ramos, who won the Sundodger Invitational last weekend in Seattle, WA, placed sixth in a time of 24:21.

'Austin followed up his first collegiate career win at UCLA (last week in Seattle) with another impressive performance on Saturday and quite possibly a future All-American performance,' said Head Cross Country Coach Eric Peterson. 'He was able to run with the lead pack for the first 6000m. His only error was in not covering the move of runners coming up on him, but he still had a fine performance. His run today continues to affirm the level of fitness and growing confidence Austin has in running with a lead pack.

The Bruin men's team did not fair too well this weekend, finishing in a tie for 13th place with Michigan State (354 points).

'This was a very high score that will not get us anywhere if we continue to run how we did today,' said Peterson. 'We need to work on closing ground on teams like Cal Poly SLO and Pac-10 rival Arizona State.'

The meet was won by BYU with 117 points, followed by Wisconsin (151 pts.), Iowa (157 pts.), CP SLO (190 pts.) and Michigan (196 pts.)

'We need to work on closing the gap between Austin and our No. 2 through No. 5 runners,' added Peterson. 'We are lacking intensity in our line-up and can't recognize when the appropriate time to be aggressive is in the race. It is something we will continue to work on in our training and future meets.'

Team Results
1. BYU, 117 points; 2. Wisconsin, 151 points; 3. Iowa, 157 points; 4. Cal Poly SLO, 190 points; 5. Michigan, 196 points; 13T. UCLA, 354 points.

Individual Results
1. Simon Bairu, Wisconsin (23:43); 2. Benson Chesang, Kansas (24:05); 3. Josh Rohatinsky, BYU (24:06); 4. Seth Pilkington, Weber State (24:07); 5. Stuart Eagon, Wisconsin (24:15); 6. Austin Ramos, UCLA (24:21).

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