Sep 232004
 
Authors: Justin Shaw

After a bye week, last weekend, the CSU cross country teams will

travel to Minnesota for the 19th Annual Roy Griak Invitational on

Saturday. The rolling hills and grassy terrain of Les Bolstad Golf

Course will be the setting for the meet, which is the largest cross

country meet in the nation with over 3,000 competitors.

“It’s a really fun race,” said senior Colleen Blair, who is one

of the top five runners for the Lady Rams. “I think we will do

OK.”

After finishing second at the CSU Open on Sept. 11, the men’s

team looks to improve against some very stiff competition including

Nebraska, Ohio State and the 2003 National Champions, Wisconsin.

The men will be running first, starting their 8,000-meter race at

11:20 a.m. Senior Mike Nicks looks to lead the team as he did on

Sept. 11, finishing the 8K with a time of 25:5.4.

The women’s team, fresh off a first place finish at the CSU

Open, looks to continue its winning ways, but it won’t be easy.

They’re up against Pac-10 and Big Ten schools such as Oregon, Penn

State and Iowa State. The team was led by Danielle Korb and had

four other top-10 finishes en route to its win on Sept. 11 and will

try to do more of the same this weekend.

“Our top five runners are really close. No one is really better

than anyone else,” Blair said. “Someone could be first, someone

could be second and it doesn’t really matter. We all

interchange.”

Outside of the top five runners, CSU has a lot of depth and

young talent.

“We have a lot of good runners. A few more years and a little

more experience and I think they will be really good,” Blair said.

“I think they will help us out a lot.”

The top three teams in each division will receive awards after

the races and the top 20 individuals of each race will also be

awarded.

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