Marquette Cross Country Heads to Roy Griak Invitational

Freshman Alec Miller has led the MU men at each of the first two meets this season.
Sept. 24, 2014

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MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University women's and men's cross country teams will head to Minneapolis this Saturday to compete in the 2014 Roy Griak Invitational at the Les Bolstad Cross Country Course.

The men's team will begin the day for MU at 12:20 p.m. with its 8,000-meter race, while the Jack Johnson Women's Gold Race (6,000 meters) is slated for 1:10 p.m. Flotrak will be provide a live stream of the event.

"The Roy Griak Invitational is one of the most competitive meets in the nation," Marquette head coach Mike Nelson said. "This will be the first weekend that NCAA cross country teams can earn at-large points for national qualifying purposes and teams from all over the country will be heading to Minnesota to chase those points."

The invitational features 10 races at the high school and college levels and is headlined by the Jack Johnson Women's Gold Division I Race. 

The Golden Eagles will toe the line at the Griak Invitational as a part of a field that includes members from 185 colleges and universities across the country.

The women's squad, currently ranked 12th in the NCAA Great Lakes Region, will look to pick up coveted at-large points after an impressive showing at the National Catholic Championships last weekend at Notre Dame. Juniors Kellie Greenwood and Kayla Spencer each recorded top-10 finishes, with Greenwood placing third overall and Spencer finishing ninth.

"The National Catholic Championship meet was a great stepping stone for us," Nelson said. "We started the season a little banged up on both sides and we're getting healthier and stronger each week.  This weekend's meet will be a good measuring stick to see what kind of progress we've made." 

The men's squad returns to action after a fifth-place finish at Notre Dame last weekend, when they were led by freshman Alec Miller for the second time in as many meets to begin the year.

Marquette meet entries:

Alec Miller
Nate Gomoll
Jack Carpenter
Kevin Ryan
David Sajdak
Marc DiVerde
Nick Brey
Patrick Campbell
William Hennessy
Aric Miller
Blake Lawson
David Modert
Brendan Franz

Kellie Greenwood
Kayla Spencer
Meghan Carroll
Jennifer Parker
Jessica Parker
Elisia Meyle
Alison Parker
Mariah Frank
Maeve McDonald
Kenzie Vicker
Erica Wanie




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