Marquette Women Place 25th, Men 28th, at Roy Griak
Sept. 27, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS – The Marquette University women’s cross country team placed 25th and the men were 28th on Saturday afternoon at the Roy Griak Invitational in Minneapolis, Minnesota at the Les Bolstad Golf Course. The women racked up 665 total places, while the men had 730.
“It was pretty eventful today with a lot of heat issues as it was unseasonably warm,” Marquette head coach Mike Nelson said. “The men got us going and we had some guys who ran better than at Notre Dame. Others didn’t have great races, which hurt us. Blake Lawson led us and had a nice race and Williams Hennessy had his best race of the year. Alec Miller dealt with some back issues but held on to be our No. 3 guy. It wasn’t what we were looking for but it was a learning experience for us.”
Redshirt junior Blake Lawson paced the men’s squad with an 8,000-meter time of 27:01.1 to place 148th overall, followed by William Hennessy in a time of 27:04.5 (154th overall). Freshman Alec Miller, who had led the Golden Eagles at the first two meets of the season placed 158th with a mark of 27:06.6.
“The ladies ran reasonably well and their race was affected terribly by the heat and humidity,” Nelson shared. “Kellie led us again today with a nice race and Kayla was second.”
Junior Kellie Greenwood led the MU women for the third time in as many meets to begin the season and was 70th overall in a time of 22:39.2. Classmate Kayla Spencer (152nd overall) followed Greenwood in a time of 23:39.3, while freshman Meghan Carroll was third for MU (155th overall) at a mark of 23:40.7.
The Golden Eagles return to action on Friday, Oct. 17 at the Bradley Classic in Peoria, Illinois.
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