ST. PAUL, Minn. - Boise State's men's and women's cross country teams took on a tough field of competitors Saturday (Sept. 24) at the Roy Griak Invitational at the Les Bolstad Golf Course in St. Paul, Minn. Both Bronco teams captured 17th-place finishes in one of the toughest regular season meets in the country led by freshman Vince Hamilton on the men's side and redshirt-freshman Marisa VanderMalle for the women.
Hamilton led the Bronco men in the Merrill Fischbein Men's Gold (Division I) 8-kilometer race to a total of 445-points, placing 42nd in a time of 24:53. Fellow freshman John Robinson placed 90th with a time of 25:35, while sophomore Drew O'donoghue-McDonald was close behind in 93rd-place (25:37). Allan Schroeder, also a sophomore, clocked a time of 25:43 for a 103rd-place finish, while freshman David Elliott rounded out the scoring Broncos with a 117th-place finish (25:55). Jared Lehning (26:06) and Dakota Parker (26:08) rounded out the Bronco squad placing 125th and 126th, respectively.
VanderMalle led the Bronco women in the Jack Johnson Women's Gold (Division I) 5-kilometer race, clocking a time of 21:41 to place 42nd. Sophomore Emma Bates finished close behind with a time of 21:59 to place 66th, while sophomore Tessa Murray clocked a time of 22:14 to place 93rd. Erin McLaughlin placed 120th (22:35) and redshirt-junior Shea Hanson placed 128th (22:42) to round out the Boise State scorers. Sophomores Taryn Treadway (23:03) and Rici Morrill (24:06) rounded out the squad with 142nd and 171st-place finishes.
North Carolina State captured the men's team title with 96-points, while Colorado State, who placed 16th (395-points) was the only other Mountain West (MW) school in the meet. The men's gold race was won by Lawi Lalang, a freshman from Arizona in a time of 23:16.
California won the women's team title with 128-points, while fellow MW competitor CSU placed 13th with 316-points. Cal's Deborah Maier, a senior, won the individual title with a time of 20:30.
With the handful of Broncos representing Boise State in Minnesota, the remainder of the team stayed in the valley to compete at the Bob Firman Invitational at Eagle Island State Park. The Boise State women’s team finished first with a total of 19-points, while the men placed second with 40-points.
Freshman Hayley Gregoire was the top finisher for the Broncos, placing fourth out of a field of 38. Gregoire covered the 5-kilometer course in a time of 19:14.39. Sophomore Lauren Lucas was the next Bronco across the line, clocking a time of 19:32.90 to place fifth. Freshman Anna Preciado was the third-straight Bronco to finish, placing sixth in a time of 19:39.81.
Freshman Marissa Opatz clocked a time of 20:00.64 to place eighth overall, while sophomore Sarah Bisterfeldt placed 11th (20:17.55) to round out the scoring Broncos. Freshman Cara Strodel placed 13th (20:22.62) and sophomore Jamie Knapp finished in 14th-place (20:30.20). Freshman Mattie Stanford completed the Bronco squad with her 24th-place finish (21:33.37).
For the men, Kyle Merritt led the way, placing seventh in a time of 26:44.49 on the 8-kilometer course. Andrew Booth placed eighth (26:46.80), while Greg Marschik placed ninth (26:49.05). Aaron Back continued a pack of Broncos with a 10th-place finish (26:53.60), while Sean McDonald rounded out the scorers with an 11th-place finish (26:54.17). Joe McFadden also competed, placing 18th (27:17.40).
The team reunites the entire squad in two weeks when they race at the College of Idaho Coyote Invite on Oct. 7, their final meet in the valley. The race is slated for a 5 p.m. start on the campus of the College of Idaho in Caldwell, Idaho.