Men's Cross Country Team Finishes Ninth at Griak

Sept. 27, 2003

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - The Washington State men's team finished ninth and the Cougar women were 18th at the prestigious Roy Griak Invitational Cross Country Meet held Saturday, on the Les Bolstad Golf Course, at Minneapolis, Minn.

Juniors Danny Wolf (Reno, Nev.) and Mike Heidt (Selah, Wash.) led the Cougar team with 20th and 25th places respectively. Wolf ran the 8,000m course in a time of 24 minutes and 43 seconds while Heidt was close behind at 24:49.

WSU senior Ian Johnson (Spokane, Wash.) placed 36th followed by freshmen Andrew Jones (Gillette, Wyo.) in 70th and Matt Knoff (Pocatello, Idaho) in 118th place. Not counting in the team scoring, redshirt freshman Ryan Freimuth (Wenatchee, Wash.) placed 132nd and freshman Alex Grant (Bellingham, Wash.) was 143rd.

Wisconsin won the men's team competition with 89 points with BYU second at 131 and had the individual winner, Kip Kangogo (23:58). WSU's 269 points were just off Arizona's sixth-place finish with 258 points. Providence finished in seventh place with 260 points followed by Portland at 261 points. Finishing behind the Cougars were ranked teams Eastern Michigan (10th), Miami of Ohio (25th), Texas (28th), and Iowa (26th).

'Danny Wolf, Mike Heidt and Ian Johnson all ran just a beautiful race and ran together for the first three miles and started moving up through the crowd,' WSU Cross Country Coach Jason Drake said. 'Wolf had a nice finish, Heidt had a great finish and Johnson faded a little bit the last mile but still had a great performance for him. Andrew Jones did a great job as a freshman, running about where we thought he could be at 70th. We were really excited with that. Our fifth guy, Matt Knoff, just ran wonderfully. Again to have those two freshmen, Jones and Knoff, just really did a good job for us. Freimuth and Grant ran really well for us too. All ten guys ran faster this year than our fifth guy a year ago. That shows a lot about the depth and where these guys are going. They will only get better with more races like this and we scored some great points if we're a bubble team for the NCAA Championships.'

In the women's race, WSU senior Anna Blue (Olympia, Wash.) finished a disappointing 70th in a time of 22:13 for the 6,000m course. Junior Ana Cabrera (Vancouver, Wash.) was 80th in 22:20, and freshmen Kayle Peterson (Port Orchard, Wash.) and Kelly Ramirez (Duvall, Wash.) placed 99th and 106th respectively. Junior Molly Bull (Oak Harbor, Wash.) was the final Cougar scorer at 140th place. Julia Corbett (junior, Bremerton, Wash.) was 146th and freshman Karen DeMartini (Reno, Nev.) was 151st.

Arizona State won the women's team competition at 103 points with Michigan State second at 122. WSU's 495 points was 18th among the 30 teams. Kim Smith, from Providence College, was the women's individual winner with a time of 20:17.

'The women did well in a much tougher field than a year ago,' Drake said. 'Anna Blue had a really bad day (finishing 70th), she was nowhere near where we thought she would finish. We'll have to go back and look at her training this next week because she may be a little tired. Ana Cabrera ran awesome and ran about 50-seconds faster than a year ago. Molly Bull ran about 35-40 seconds faster than last year. Both women had great races for us. And Julie Corbett came up and had a great performance. Freshmen Kayle Peterson and Kelly Ramirez were our third and fourth runners. They both ran smart races: went out a little bit easy and slowly moved through the pack, picking people off. Same place for the women as a year ago but their average time was about 45-seconds faster than a year ago. Much tougher fields than a year ago on both the men's and women's sides.'

After two weeks of training, the Cougar teams will compete and host the Cougar Invitational Cross Country Meet, Saturday, Oct. 11, at the WSU Golf Course.

Roy Griak Cross Country Invitational (Les Bolstad Golf Course, Minneapolis, Minn. 8,000m)September 27, 2003Men's Top Team Results:  1. Wisconsin 89, 2. BYU 131, 3. Colorado State 152, 4. Oregon 161, 5. Arizona State 188, 6. Arizona 258, 7. Providence 260, 8. Portland 261, 9. Washington State 269, 10. Miami (Ohio) 282.Top Five Individuals:  1. Kip Kangogo (BYU) 23:58, 2. Robert Cheseret (Arizona) 24:00, 3. Simon Bairu (Wisconsin) 24:01, 4. Gavin Thompson (Eastern Michigan) 24:18, 5. Austin Vigil (Colorado State) 24:24.WSU Results:  20. Danny Wolf 24:43; 25. Mike Heidt 24:49; 36. Ian Johnson 25:02; 70. Andrew Jones 25:28; 118. Matt Knoff 25:53; 132. Ryan Freimuth 25:59; 143. Alex Grant 26:06.

Roy Griak Cross Country Invitational (Les Bolstad Golf Course, Minneapolis, Minn. 6,000m)September 27, 2003Women's Top Team Results: 1. Arizona State 103, 2. Michigan State 122, 3. Columbia 125, 4. Providence 144, 5. Baylor 198, 6. Penn State 215, 7. Colorado State 221, 8. Wake Forest 222, 9. Missouri 232, 10. Michigan 245. 18. Washington State 495.Top Five Individuals: 1. Kim Smith (Providence) 20:17; 2. Missy Buttry (Wartburg) 20:27; 3. Amy Hastings (Arizona State) 20:45; 4. Michelle Carson (Michigan State) 20:47; 5. Annie Bersagel (Wake Forest) 20:50.WSU Results: 70. Anna Blue 22:13; 80. Ana Cabrera 22:20; 99. Kayle Peterson 22:35; 106 Kelly Ramirez 22:41; 140. Molly Bull 23:06; 146 Julia Corbett 23:11; 151. Karen DeMartini 23:24.

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