TUCSON - The University of Arizona Wildcat men’s and No. 5 women’s cross country teams will head to St. Paul, Minn. this weekend for the Roy Griak Invitational. The meet will be held at Les Bolstad Golf Course and will take place on Saturday, Sept. 28. The men will run 8,000 meters and the women will run 6,000 meters. The men will run first and the gun will go off at 12:20 p.m. CDT while the women’s race is set to begin at 1:10 p.m. CDT.
Arizona will compete against Arizona State (M: 29, W: NR), Brigham Young (M: 4, W: 27), Central Michigan (NR), Drake (NR), Iowa (NR), North Carolina State (M: 24, W: 21), Syracuse (women only) and many other teams.
In the week two USTFCCCA national poll, the Arizona women stayed at No. 5 in the country. Four other Pac-12 schools are ranked in the national poll, Oregon is third, Washington is No. 7, Stanford is No. 8 and Colorado is No. 15. In the west regional poll, the UA women are ranked No. 2.
The Wildcat men are No. 11 in the west regional poll. In the national poll, the Pac-12 has five teams among the top 30. Colorado is third, Oregon is 12th, UCLA is 13th, Stanford is 20th and Arizona State is 29th.
On the women’s side, sophomore Kayla Beattie, junior Stephanie Bulder, sophomore Molly Callahan, junior Nicci Corbin, junior Clea Formaz, senior Elvin Kibet, freshman Maria Larsson, senior Erin Menefee, junior Kate Penney and junior Hanna Peterson will toe the line for Arizona.
For the men, freshman Matthew Beer, junior Dylan Hopper, junior Kenji Bierig, freshman Collins Kibet, sophomore Jonas Legernes, junior Sam Macaluso, junior Thomas Valente, freshman Travis Thorne, junior Braden Timpe, freshman Brendan Tinoco, sophomore Samuel Willis will don the red and navy for the Wildcats.
The last time the men’s and women’s teams competed, both teams dominated at the Dave Murray Invitational on Sept. 20. The Wildcats hosted the meet at the Dell Urich Golf Course. Freshman Collins Kibet won the men’s 4.25-mile race and the men’s team also earned a first-place finish. On the women’s side, freshman Maria Larsson won the three-mile race and the entire squad took first place in the team competition as well.
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