Humboldt State Women Finish 11th, Men 29th at Roy Griak Invite
ST. PAUL, Minn. – Humboldt State cross country proved it could run with the nation's best at Saturday's Roy Griak Invitational. The women's squad finished 11th and the men's team placed 29th out of the 40 NCAA Division II programs participating in the national meet.
"There were over 400 athletes here per event, so it is a little overwhelming," said head coach Scott Pesch. "The course was a lot slower than what we had at the Humboldt Invite. It was more of a true cross country course with a lot of hills and mud. I felt the team responded very well."
Kori Gilley led the women's squad and finished 45th overall (24:23.0). The senior was followed closely by Tatiana Gillick in 61st place (24:44.6), Megan Alfi in 62nd (24:45.8), Catie LeDesma in 81st (25:05.0) and Nikki Hemminger in 89th (25:14.2).
"We had a really good showing today for the women's team," said Pesch. "After having a team meeting, Tatiana and Catie weren't really happy with their races, but Megan Alfi probably had the race of the day, and Nikki had a good meet as well."
Chase Wheeler led the men's team and was its only member to place in the top 100 finishers. He completed the 8k event in 28:00 and ranked 87th. Alex Johnson (28:35), Ben Stalheim (28:45), Kainalu Asam (29:17) and Sam Boyle (29:36) rounded out the top five runners for the Jacks.
"Our two captains, Chase and Alex, really showed their leadership today," said Pesch. "We just don't have as much depth on the men's side, but it was a great experience for both teams."
Complete race results are available via the links above the recap.