Sept. 28, 2002
ST. PAUL, Minn. - The University of Arizona's men's and women's cross country teams found the competition at the Roy Griak Invitational to be quite a formidable force. The UA men finished 24th out of 27 teams, while the women were 19th out of 22 teams. The Arizona men scored 660 points to end tied with Wichita State, which did not have a No. 6 runner to break the tie. The Wildcat women scored 565 points. Oregon and Michigan State claimed the men's and women's titles, respectively.
The men's team was led by junior Mark Anderson, who finished the 8,000-meter course in 25:10.8 to finish 54th. After Anderson, the Wildcats had a large gap before the next runner came in. Junior Eric Bohn finished second for the Wildcats with a time of 25:54.7 to claim 124th overall. In his first race of the year, junior Kevin Engelhardt was 154th with a time of 26:28.4. Redshirt freshman Josh Ludwig was the 4th Wildcat runner to cross the line. He finished 26:37.9 in 161st place. Rounding out the scoring for Arizona, junior Wade Juntunen finished 167th in 26:47.7. Junior Craig Pansing was 172nd in 26:56.3, and freshman Aaron Powell was 175th in 27:05.7.
The Wildcat women's top five was again filled with all freshmen. Freshmen Jenny Sears led the Wildcats, finishing 94th in 23:10.8 on the 6,000-meter course. Freshman Adrienne Goeller followed in 101st place with a time of 23:23.3. Redshirt freshman Robin Tierney was the third Wildcat finisher with a time of 24:13.5 to claim 119th place overall. Freshman Michi Hirakawa-Wong finished 125th in a time of 24:32.4. Rounding out the Wildcat finishers was freshman Susan Mortensen, finishing 126th in 24:43.0.
The Wildcats will have another two-week break before the teams' next competition. The next meet will be on Saturday, October 11 at the Arizona State University Invitational in Gilbert, Ariz.