WSU Men's Cross Country Team Finishes 11th at Griak

Sept. 25, 2004

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - The Washington State men's team finished 11th and the Cougar women were 16th as they faced tough competition and warm temperatures at the prestigious Roy Griak Invitational Cross Country Meet held Saturday on the Les Bolstad Golf Course.

Seniors Mike Heidt and Danny Wolf led the Cougar team finishing 32nd and 43rd respectively. Heidt ran the 8,000m course in a time of 25 minutes and 11 seconds with Wolf close behind at 25:23.49.

WSU sophomore Alex Grant finished 59th (25.36) significantly improving on his 118th place performance last year. Also scoring for the Cougars was sophomore Matt Knoff placing 75th (25:54) followed by redshirt sophomore Ryan Freimuth placing 84th, sophomore Andrew Jones finishing 107th (26:19) and redshirt freshman Daniel Frederick in 109th (26:19) place. Not counting in the team scoring, redshirt freshmen Geoff Casazza and Chris Concha finished 127th and 128th respectively.

The Wisconsin men's team won the 25 team competition in commanding fashion for the second consecutive year with 21 points and six runners placing in the top ten, including individual winner Matt Tegencamp (24:02). Butler finished second with 102 points followed closely by Arizona State with 116 points. WSU's 287 points placed them ahead of Pac-10 rivals No. 17 Arizona (12th) and California (17th).

'The race was a pretty average performance and everyone feels like they should have done better,' said WSU Volunteer Assistant Coach Mike Freidberg who made the trek to Minnesota with the team. 'The day went ok, but we ran slightly under our potential. Mike Heidt ran a good race and Alex Grant was quite a bit faster than last year but they came in with higher expectations. We will make some adjustments in our training and see if we can't reach our goals the next time around.'

In the women's race, WSU freshman Haley Paul finished 66th (22:39) and senior Ana Cabrera finished 78th (22.52) leading the Cougar's to a 16th place finish in the 29 team competition. Sophomores Natalie Smith and Kelly Ramirez placed 104th and 117th respectively, with freshman Collier Lawrence finishing 125th (23:24), senior Molly Bull finishing 126th (23:04) and freshman Isley Gonzalez placing 167th (23:53) to round out the WSU scorers. Sophomores Kelly Ramirez (172nd) and Karen DeMartini (227th) also competed for the Cougs.

Second ranked Providence won the women's team competition at 58 points with Kim Smith (20:10) taking the individual title. Arizona State finished second with 81 points and UC Santa Barbara finished third with 145 points.

'On the women's side, we ran a younger team of mostly freshmen and sophomores who are still learning and the Griak is a tough race to learn on,' said Freidberg. 'Haley Paul ran really well, but given the heat, I think everyone ran a little less than they were capable of. They finished better than last year and we can't complain about a small improvement. That's what we are looking for each week, to get a little bit better. These women are patient and this is just the first step as they build toward the end of the season and the more important meets.'

Next up, the Cougar teams head to Missoula, Mont., to compete in the Montana Invitational hosted by the University of Montana Oct. 2.

Roy Griak Cross Country Invitational (Les Bolstad Golf Course, Minneapolis, Minn. 8,000m) September 25, 2004

Men's Top Team Results: 1. Wisconsin 21, 2. Butler 102, 3. Arizona State 116, 4. Minnesota 180, 5 Providence 184, 6. Colorado State 206, 7. Ohio State 228, 8. Iowa 235, 9. Duke 241, 10. Kansas 283, 11. Washington State 287.

Top Five Individuals: 1. Matt Tegencamp (Wisconsin) 24:02, 2. Simon Bairu (Wisconsin) 24:07, 3. Chris Solinsky (Wisconsin) 24:11, 4. Aaron Aguayo (Arizona State) 24:13, 5. Robert Cheseret (Arizona) 24:14.

WSU Results: 32. Mike Heidt 25:11; 43. Danny Wolf 25:23; 59. Alex Grant 25:36; 75. Matt Knoff 25:54; 84. Ryan Freimuth 25.59; 107. Andrew Jones 26:19; 109. Daniel Frederick 26:19; 127. Geoff Casazza 26:35; 128. Chris Concha 26:36.

Roy Griak Cross Country Invitational (Les Bolstad Golf Course, Minneapolis, Minn. 6,000m) September 25, 2004

Women's Top Team Results: 1. Providence 58, 2. Arizona State 81, 3. UC Santa Barbara 145, 4. Baylor 169, 5. Arkansas 189, 6. Butler 199, 7. West Virginia 213, 8. Texas Tech 254, 9. Penn State 282, 10. Colorado State 292. 16. Washington State 460.

Top Five Individuals: 1. Kim Smith (Providence) 20:10; 2. Missy Buttry (Wartburg) 20:33; 3. Amy Hastings (Arizona State) 20:41; 4. Mary Cullen (Providence) 20:48; 5. Megan Metcalfe (West Virginia) 20:55.

WSU Results: 66. Haley Paul 22:39; 78. Ana Cabrera 22.52; 104. Natalie Smith 23:10; 117. Kelly Ramirez 23:18; 125. Collier Lawrence 23:24; 126. Molly Bull 23:24; 172. Katie Troy 23.56; 227. Karen DeMartini 24:40.

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