Cougar Men Finish Sixth at Griak

Sept. 27, 2008

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - The Washington State men's cross country team was led to a sixth place finish by senior Drew Polley who finished 15th at the Roy Griak Invitational in Minneapolis Minnesota.

Polley was the first Cougar to cross the finish line of the 8,000m course in 24:43 at the Les Bolstad Golf Course.

'We were tied for sixth which is the highest finish we have ever had at this meet,' WSU Head Coach Jason Drake said. 'Drew Polley ran a great race and Sam Ahlbeck ran well which is good to see'

WSU junior Sam Ahlbeck finished 37th (25.14) and was the second Cougar to complete the course. Also scoring for the Cougars was freshman Justin Englund placing 51st (25:22) followed by junior Mark Moeller placing 53rd (25:23), freshman Jono Lafler finishing 59th (25:31). Junior Dominic Smargiassi (94. 25.59), senior Evan Blanshan (110. 26:18), sophomore David Hickerson(143. 26:37), sophomore Luke Lemenager (149. 26.45) and freshman Peter Miller (220. 29.07) ran for the Cougars but scores did not count towards the team score.

'I was impressed with how the younger guys stepped up,' senior captain Drew Polley said. 'The freshmen ran well and Sam Ahlbeck ran great so I was really encouraged. We were right in there with some very good teams, so we were pretty happy about it.'

Adams State ranked No. 2 nationally in Division II captured the team event beating out No. 19 Iowa State 75-89 in the Men's Gold Division. No. 30 Brigham Young finished in third place with 91 points. No. 9 Minnesota placed fourth with 107 points while No. 25 Auburn finished fifth with 135 points. WSU's 215 points tied them for sixth, but WSU's total team time was one second faster than No. 15 New Mexico, placing the Cougars ahead of the Lobos.

WSU squads will compete Oct. 4, at the Montana Invitational in Missoula.

Roy Griak Cross Country Invitational (Les Bolstad Golf Course, Minneapolis, Minn. 8,000m)
September 27, 2008
Men's Top Team Results:
1. Adams State 75, 2. Iowa State 89, 3. Brigham
Young 91,4. Minnesota 91, 5. Auburn 135, 6. Washington State 215,7. New Mexico 215, 8. Duke 248, 9. Iowa 255, 10. Arizona State 268.

Top Five Individuals: 1. Elkanah Kibet (Auburn) 23.55.3, 2. Hassan Mead
(Minnesota) 24.07.4, 3. Mark Korir (Wyoming) 24.10.2, 4. Stephan Shay (BYU) 24.12.23, 5. Rueben Chebon-Mwei (Adams State) 24.15.6.

WSU Results: 15. Drew Polley 24.42.1; 37 Sam Ahlbeck 25.13.8; Justin Englund 25.21.1; 53. Mark Moeller 25.22.5;60. Jono Lafler 25:30.1; 103 Dominic Smargiassi 25.59; 126. Evan Blanshan 26:17.9; 143. David Hickerson 26:39.7;149. Luke Lemenager 26.44.5; 220. Peter Miller 29:07.7.
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