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#19 Cross Country Set Eyes on Roy Griak Invitational

Sep 20, 2022

SALT LAKE CITY – The #19 Utah cross country team is set for another meet this Friday, Sept. 23, as they toe the line against six other ranked teams at the Les Bolstad Golf Course for the 2022 edition of the Roy Griak Invitational.
 
ROY GRIAK INVITATIONAL (Meet Central)
DATE: Friday, Sept. 23
WHERE: Les Bolstad Golf Course (Course Map)
WHEN: 10:15 a.m. (MT) / 11:15 a.m. (CT)
LIVE RESULTS: https://bit.ly/3C3Ck76
PARTICIPANTS: #29 Cal Baptist, #14 Colorado State, Delaware, Idaho, #26 Iowa State, Manitoba, Miami, #23 Michigan State, Minnesota, Nevada, North Dakota, North Dakota State, #25 Ohio State, San Diego State, Santa Clara, St. Thomas, Temple, UNLV, #19 Utah, Wichita State, #13 Wisconsin, Wyoming
UTAH PARTICIPANTS: Keelah Barger, Karli Branch, Kylie Hartnett, Morgan Jensen, Ariel Keklak, Brooke Manson, Lauren Peterson, Simone Plourde, Maddie Reed, Emily Venters, Erin Vringer.
 
THE LINE UP
Utah will send 11 competitors to compete at the Roy Griak Invitational with Maddie Reed and freshman Kylie Hartnett being the only two that raced in the season-opener a few weeks back at the UVU Invitational. Joining Barger and Reed in Minnesota for their season debut include 2021 All-Pac-12 honorees Simone Plourde and Emily Venters. Additionally, freshman Erin Vringer will be making her collegiate debut as a member of the Women of Utah.
 
Of the 11 racing for Utah, nine are upperclassmen while Hartnett and Vringer being the lone underclassmen as freshmen.
 
LAST TIME OUT
Utah sent a small contingent to the UVU Invitational back on Sept. 1 as part of its season-opening race. Maddie Reed led the handful of racers with a 10th-place finish (19:40.5) in the 5k race for Utah. Ellie Lundgreen, who ran in her first cross country race since competing at the 2019 NCAA Championships, clocked in at 20:16.3 for 16th-overall.
 
Freshman Kylie Hartnett made her collegiate debut that race, recording a mark of 20:24.1 while Maren Busath rounded out the group of Utes at the meet with a time of 21:56.6.

 
FRESH FACES
Heading into the 2022 season, the Women of Utah added four new faces to the roster. Newcomers Vero Boire, Kylie Hartnett, Bri Rinn and Erin Vringer are joined by transfer Caroline Fischer – who joined the Utes last spring while making her cross country debut at the UVU Invitational (Sept. 1)
 
Vero Boire – Virginia
Caroline Fischer – Providence
Kylie Hartnett – Helena HS
Bri Rinn – Lincoln Southwest HS
Erin Vringer – Saint John HS
 
IN THE POLLS
The Utah cross country team heads into this weekend's race at No. 19 in the latest USTFCCCA National Polls, despite not racing the last couple of weeks. Conversely, the Utes moved up one spot in the USTFCCCA Mountain Regional Polls to No. 4 in the Mountain Region – which is considered the toughest region in the country.
 
UP NEXT
Utah will get another three-week break to regroup and train before it's next meet, the Nuttycombe Invitational (Oct. 14).
 
For the latest news and information on the Utah cross country and track & field programs, fans can stay connected online at www.UtahUtes.com and on social media by following on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
 
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