Cross country preview: CSU faces top-ranked competition
Sept. 22, 2011
By Kathleen Spence
FORT COLLINS, Colo.—The Colorado State men’s and women’s cross country teams will have stiff competition Saturday at the 26th running of the Roy Griak Invitational. It will be the first time this season that the Rams will go up against nationally ranked top teams from all across the nation.
The invitational will take place at the Les Bolstad Golf Course in Minneapolis, Minn. The men will compete first at 11:20 a.m. MT, with the women’s team following soon after at 12:10 p.m. MT.
The men’s team was ranked 10th this week in the Mountain region by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), falling two places from last week. The women’s team was ranked fifth not losing any placing from last week to this week.
The Rams can use this competition to show off their talent and hard work from the past four weeks. Head Coach Bryan Berryhill believes his team is ready.
Hannah Pensack-Rinehart will lead the women’s team in the Division I Women’s Gold Race after two weeks off. After her last event, she was named Mountain West Athlete of the Week for the first time in her career.
Berryhill expects everyone to do well after having several days of preparation.
“We have had two weeks of good practice and everybody is healthy and ready to go,” said the coach.
The Rams will look to finish in a good position following the women’s team breaking a course record at the Rust Buster Invitational.