Sept. 29, 2012
FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. - Utah State men's cross country junior Kyle McKenna placed 14th out of 143 runners with a time of 25:08.4 in the Merrill Fischbein Men's Gold eight-kilometer race at the 27th annual Roy Griak Invitational Saturday at the Les Bolstad Golf Course in Falcon Heights, Minn.
Senior Alex Litzsinger led the USU women, crossing the finish line in 21st-place with a time of 21:56.0 in the Jack Johnson Women's Gold six-kilometer race, which featured 211 runners. Both McKenna and Litzsinger have led the Aggie men and women as the team's top finishers at all three meets this season.
As a team, the Utah State women finished in 11th-place with 310 points, while the Aggie men also placed 11th with 243 points. Iowa State claimed the women's top team prize, while host Minnesota won the men's top honors.
"Our veteran athletes ran a pretty good race today and our young athletes learned what it is like to run in a big race like this, which is why we come to these kind of meets," said Aggie veteran head coach Gregg Gensel. "We didn't do as well as we had hoped, but our goal is to keep preparing and getting better each week."
Other top-75 placers for the USU men were sophomores Kade Jensen (41st, 25:51.4) and Eric Shellhorn (51st, 26:03.3), along with senior Aaron Clements (58th, 26:12.2). Freshman Tylee Newman joined Litzsinger as the Aggie women top-75 finishers as she placed 74th with a time of 23:07.0.
Action continues for the Utah State men and women's cross country teams at Pre-Nationals hosted by the University of Louisville on Saturday October 13 in Louisville, Ky. Information for Pre-Nationals can be found on the tournament central page at http://www.uoflsports.com/sports/m-xc/spec-rel/lou-meet-central.html.
The USU men will defend their 2011 Western Athletic Conference Cross Country title at the 2012 WAC Cross Country Championships in Ruston, La., Saturday October 27. For more information on the WAC Championships, fans can visit www.wacsports.com.
Fans can follow Utah State Athletics, including USU track & field and cross country, at http://twitter.com/USUAthletics or on Facebook at http://facebook.com/USUAthletics.
UTAH STATE RESULTS GRIAK INVITATIONAL FALCON HEIGHTS, MINN. SEPTEMBER 29, 2012
WOMEN'S TEAM RESULTS: 1. Iowa State - 47 2. Weber State - 82 3. Minnesota - 86 4. Connecticut - 88 5. University of Guelph - 135 6. Portland - 183 7. Boise State - 189 8. Baylor - 253 8. James Madison - 253 10. Utah Valley - 279 11. UTAH STATE - 310 12. Illinois State - 318 13. Central Michigan - 283 14. Augustana - 358 15. South Dakota State - 405 16. Drake - 429 17. South Dakota - 458 USU WOMEN'S INDIVIDUAL RESULTS:
21. Alex Litzsinger, 21:56.9 74. Tylee Newman, 23:07.0 85. Jacqueline Winterton, 23:17.5 90. Hannah Williams, 23:24.3 112. Brittany Bushman, 23:47.0 125. Kelsey Girardelli, 24:01.6 130. Karli Lundquist, 24:16.7 157. Ashley Robison, 24:48.8 158. Stephanie Burt, 24:50.8 MEN'S TEAM RESULTS: 1. Minnesota - 67 2. Iowa State - 84 3. University of Guelph - 117 4. Weber State - 162 5. Boise State - 175 6. Iowa - 186 7. South Dakota State - 190 8. Augustana - 200 9. Central Michigan - 214 10. Utah Valley - 220 11. UTAH STATE - 243 12. Regina - 281 13. South Dakota - 289 14. Drake - 349 15. Illinois State - 500 USU MEN'S INDIVIDUAL RESULTS: 14. Kyle McKenna, 25:08.4 41. Kade Jensen, 25:51.4 51. Eric Shellhorn, 26:03.3 58. Aaron Clements, 26:12.2 93. Tyler Roberts, 26:55.7 97. Chris Martinez, 26:59.9 112. Tom Derr, 27:21.0 115. Jacob Barton, 27:29.2
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