Sept. 22, 2011
MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Kansas State men’s and women’s cross country teams hit the road on Saturday as they travel to Minneapolis, Minn. for the Roy Griak Invitational. K-State last competed in this event in 2007. The men’s race 8K race will start at 12:20 p.m. While the women’s 6K race begins at 1:10 p.m.
The women’ team will face tough competition on Saturday with eight Top 30 teams participating. Big 12 opponent Iowa State ranked No. 8 in the nation headlines the meet. Other ranked teams participating include Arizona (10), Washington (11), Penn State (18), North Carolina State (21), BYU (23), Michigan State (26) and Minnesota (30).
Head Coach Mike Smith sees this meet as an opportunity to gauge where his team is at this point of the season as the Wildcats go up against some of the nation’s top teams.
“This will be a good chance to be exposed to elite competition,” Smith said. “This is a big early season test and we are still building towards the end of the season.”
The women’s team will look to get a fast start after having two weeks to prepare for the meet. Junior Martina Tresch is expected to push the pace for the wildcats with Senior Boglarka Bozzay providing support. Freshmen Erika Schiller and Laura Galvan will get their first taste of elite competition for the wildcats. Former runner Amy Mortimer owns the school record on the course when she finished the 6K race in 21:06 back in 2002.
“This is a great chance to see how Martina compares to some of the best teams in the region as well in the nation” Smith said.
The men’s team will also face tough competition with three ranked teams in the field. Seniors Armando Del Valle and Phillip Banowetz along with juniors Lane Porter and Kyle Hanson look to stick together and finish strong. Sophomore Adam Porter will not compete.
The Roy Griak can be followed live online at http://www.flotrack.org/ for fans wanting to stay up to date with the wildcats.