ST. PAUL, Minn. - The Boise State cross country team travelled halfway across the country to compete in the 2010 Roy Griak Invitational hosted by the University of Minnesota on Saturday (Sept. 25). Both the Bronco men and women fared well, placing 10th and 18th, respectively. The men scored 255 points, while the women tallied a score of 574 points. Overall 22 men's teams and 29 women's teams competed in the Roy Griak Invitational Gold Races (Division I).
The Bronco men were led by sophomore Jeff Howard, who captured a 16th-place finish out of the 213 competitors. Howard covered the 8-kilometer race held at the Les Bolstad Golf Course in 24 minutes, 45 seconds, finishing as the second-best sophomore in the race and third-best underclassman.
Boise State senior Sawyer Bosch was second for the team, placing 38th overall with a time of 25 minutes, 12 seconds. Freshman Drew O'donoghue-McDonald came in 51st (25:26), while senior Scott Foley placed 72nd (25:45) and the fourth best Bronco. Competing in his first meet for the Broncos, freshman Allan Schroeder placed 78th (26:00), just edging out junior Bronco Brian Pierre who placed 79thrd in the race with a time of 26 minutes, 4 seconds. (26:00). Senior Brad Bogdan rounded out the Boise State competitors by taking 83rd (26:04).
In the women's 300-person race, freshman Emma Bates led the Broncos over the 6-kilometer course with a 51st-place finish (22:10), while fellow freshman Alyssa Boucher placed 92nd (22:49). Two more freshmen went third and fourth for the Broncos with Tessa Murraynd (23:30) and 145th (23:48) overall. Senior Carly Gerard placed fifth for the team and 154th overall (24:02) while freshman Sarah Bisterfeldt rounded out the team with a 189th-place finish (25:16). Boise State's seventh runner, freshman Shannon Moskowitz did not finish the race. and Erin McLaughlin placing 132
The 21st-ranked Duke Blue Devils placed five runners among the top-25 to win the Merrill Fischbein Men's Gold (Division I) race on Saturday. The individual champion was Arizona's Stephen Sambu, who broke away from the rest of the field to cross the finish line 23:40.7, well ahead of runner-up Nicholas Kipruto of New Mexico (23:59.6).
The Arizona women placed five runners among the top-25 to win the team title. North Carolina State freshman Laura Hoer held off Minnesota junior Stephanie Price to win the individual title in the Jack Johnson Women's Gold (Division I) race.
Bob Firman Invitational
Those athletes who did not travel to Minnesota for the Roy Griak Invitational, stayed home for the local Bob Firman Invitational held at Eagle Island State Park in Eagle, Idaho.
The Bronco women competed as a team placing second in the five-team competition with 60 points. Brigham Young University took first with 15 points.
Leading the Broncos was sophomore Piper Delaney, placing 23rd running a time of 19 minutes, 42.33 seconds over the 5-kilometer course. Taryn Treadway placed second for the Broncos and 25th overall (19:52.96), while Rici Morrill finished in 27th (19:59.16). Lauren Lucas came in just behind at 28th (20:04.56), while Courteney Satko rounded out the Broncos' top-five runners with a 29th-place finish (20:06.95). Kate Jette placed 32nd (20:11.64), while Melody Braden placed 35th (20:39.10) to round out the team's scorers.
Other Bronco finishers (women): 36. Layna Oyervides, 20:56.90; 37. Breanne Whitlock, 20:59.99; 38. Alexandria Bell, 21:00.21; 39. Karleigh Gempler, 21:00.96; 41. Audie Balue, 21:08.46; 43. Kailee Poetsch, 21:18.60; 44. Danielle Zehrung, 21:18.72
The Bronco men did not have an official team competing in the meet, however a handful of Boise State runners ran in the men's 8-kilometer race as unattached competitors.
Lisa Drury from BYU won the women's race with a time of 18 minutes, 20.12 seconds, while fellow Cougar Travis Fuller won the men's race with a time of 25 minutes, 10.45 seconds. Northwest Narzarene's men's team won the team title with 26 points.
The Broncos continue their season on Oct. 2 at the Charles Bowels Invite in Salem, Ore.