Sept. 28, 2013
By Hailey Misheff
Athletic Media Relations
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Continuing their stride, the Colorado State cross country teams traveled to St. Paul, Minn., for the Roy Griak Invitational. Junior Andrew Goodman led the men's team again in the 8k race with a time of 24 minutes, 41 seconds, coming in ninth over all in his division.
Overall, the men placed 12 points behind the No. 4 team in the country, BYU, but beat No. 24 North Carolina State, No. 28 Arizona, as well as Georgia, Michigan State. Ben Larson tailed Goodman by 1 second (24:42), with Alex Muntefering coming in 1 second after that (24:43). He was followed by Jacob Morgan (24:48) and Christian Meyer (24:55). Freshman runners Jefferson Abbey (25:33) and Adam Hartman (25:56) finished for the men's team nicely.
"The men ran phenomenal," said Head Coach Art Siemers. "They came in and we had expectations for ourselves, but the rest of the country didn't have us on their radar. Our men were confident, and we were talking about running up as a pack and trying to move up as a pack, because we've been training really well and the team knows that were a good team."
On the women's side Kaitlin Hanenburg continued her lead of the squad, completing the 6k in 22:31, claiming 86th place overall. Following Hanenburg, was Marina Roberts finishing in 101st at 22:42. Freshman runners Sanne Holland (22:45), Alex Hess (22:51) and Karlee Schwartzkopf (23:05) took 103rd, 112th and 128th, respectively. Laura Yarrow placed 119th with a time of 23:01, and making her season debut, senior Whitney Henderson finished the race in 23:09, taking 132nd.
"The women did not have a great day," added Siemers. "Chloe had to stop the race she had some achilles problems. We had some athletes coming back from injury, like Whitney. It was a tough race for her. It was hard because she never had an opportunity to run before, so she had to find her racing legs."
Arizona State runner Shelby Holihan finished in first place overall with a time of 20:36. Tylor Thatcher of BYU took first for the men finishing with a time of 24:60.
Coach Siemers was not discouraged by the women's performance, "We'll be back. We'll be back stronger next week. The good thing is, when you have a bad race, you have another meet in six days, not much time to cry about it."
The men's and women's teams head to Indiana for the Notre Dame Invitational Oct. 4.
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