MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – An eventful day on the University of Minnesota's Les Bolstad Golf Course ended with the Northern Arizona University women's cross country team engineering an 19th-place finish among the 34 team field at the 2016 Roy Griak Invitational Saturday afternoon. With their finish, the Lumberjack women were the only Big Sky school to place within the top-20.
Competing for the first time in 2016, redshirt-senior Melanie Townsend was the top-finisher for the Lumberjacks, racing in for 53rd-place and a 22:47 time. Sophomore Mikayla Malaspina was not far behind her Australian-native teammate, securing 69th place with a 23:03 time on the 6K course.
Coming off a third-place finish at the George Kyte Classic to open her 2016 cross country season, redshirt-junior Kylie Goo recorded a 23:32 mark today—good enough for 111th among the 329-athelte field.
Redshirt-senior Emily Roughan (139th—23:57) and sophomore Miranda Myers (164th—24:18) also scored for the Lumberjacks Saturday, while sophomore Jessie Williams and senior Carolyn Bethel placed 224th and 227th, respectively.
The full NAU cross country squad will be back in action in 20 days when both the men and women travel to Madison, Wis., for the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational Friday, Oct. 14.