ST. PAUL, Minn. (Les Bolstad Country Club) -- One hundred sixty-two teams and nearly 1,500 collegiate student-athletes competing in six divisions converged on the Les Bolstad Country Club Saturday to participate in the 27th Annual Roy Griak Invitational. Senior Tina Larson (Morris, Minn.) recorded a 25:54.2 to lead the Bemidji State University cross country team to 34th place in the Women's Maroon II Division in the 6,000-meter race.
Larson's time placed her 177th in the field of 413 individuals and left her 3:51.6 off the pace recorded by Melissa Agnew (22:03.8), who was competing as a member of University of Mary and won the event.
University of Colorado, Colorado Springs captured the team portion the invitational with a score of 119, while four Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) schools rounded out the top five in the 38-team field. Winona State University took runner-up honors (134), Wayne State College finished third (172), U-Mary (207) was fourth and Minnesota State University, Mankato (215) took fifth.
In addition to Larson, BSU's team score of 1,003 was made up of times from Michelle Ohman (Sr., Prior Lake, Minn.), who ran a 26:11.0, a 26:46.5 by Emily Turner (Fr., Bingham Lake, Minn.), Bemidji, Minn. native Mikayla Connell's 26:56.5 and Taylor Sautbine's (Jr., Tamarack, Minn.) 25:56.6.
After a week free of competition, BSU will return to action Oct. 12 when it travels to Jamestown, N.D. to participate in the Jimmy Invitational. The 5,000-meter race is set for a 4 p.m. start.