ASU Women Second, Men Third at Roy Griak Cross Country Invite

Sept. 25, 2004

TEMPE, Ariz. - The Arizona State cross country teams competed in their first team scored meet of the season and returned to Tempe with impressive showings after the women took runner-up honors and the men finished third at the Roy Griak Invitational held on the Les Bolstad Golf Course in Minneapolis, Minn. The women were paced by Amy Hastings, who finished third overall, while the men saw Aaron Aguayo set the standard by finishing fourth overall.

In the women's race, the Sun Devils, ranked 22nd in the national polls, finished ahead of three higher ranked teams, including No. 8 Princeton (11th with 315 points), No. 16 Arkansas (5th with 189 points) and No. 21 Penn State (9th with 282 points). The men entered the competition ranked No. 30 in the first poll of the season and finished ahead of six higher ranked teams. Those teams included No. 14 Providence (5th, 184), No. 16 Minnesota (4th, 180), No. 17 Arizona (12th, 303), No. 22 Ohio State (7th, 228), No. 27 Colorado State (6th, 206) and No. 28 Iowa (8th, 235). The finish for the men also marked an improvement from last year as the Sun Devils finished fifth a year ago.

The women entered the meet as the defending champions and, with five runners finishing in the Top 30 of the race, ASU scored 81 points while second-ranked Providence posted 58 points to win the team title. Hastings crossed the tape first at 20:41 and repeated her finish of year ago when she also placed third in the race. Senior Desiree Davila followed at 21:30 (12th) with Victoria Jackson (21:37, 17th), Anna Masinelli (21:55, 24th) and Rachel Ellison (22:00, 30th) rounding out the five scorers. Also in the race, Jessie McLaughlin finished 67th at 22:40; Jessica Crate took 79th at 22:53; Corey Randall finished 103rd in 23:09; Brooke Bennett was 108th at 23:12; and Cassie Rios posted a 127th-place finish at 23:25 to round out the Sun Devils entrants into the 6,000m course.

On the men's side, No. 1 Wisconsin won the team title with 21 points while No. 24 Butler took second at 102 and the Sun Devils were third at 116. Aguayo finished fourth overall at 24:13 with Casey Burchill following at 24:53 (19th). The other three scorers in the meet for ASU were Roger Cahill (29th at 25:04), Velibor Radojevic (22rd at 25:11) and Ryan Warrenburg (35th at 25:13). Also competing for the men were Joey Heller (83rd at 25:58), Kal Clark (110th at 26:20), Jeremy Cramer (116th at 26:26), Griffin Lee (152nd at 26:55) and Carlo Lozano (188th at 27:55).

The Sun Devils will take the next weekend off from competition before returning to action Oct. 8 when they play host to the Arizona State Invitational at Tempe Kiwanis Park. The women will run the 5K circuit at 4:45 p.m. with the men competing in the 8K race at 5:15 p.m.

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