The Weber State women's cross country team finished second and the men's team was fourth at the Roy Griak Invitational Saturday in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The two teams combined to place three athletes in the top six in the individual races, WSU's first meet this season against national competition.
The Wildcat women's team finished second overall with a total of 82 points. Iowa State, ranked fifth in the nation, won the meet with 47 points. Weber State entered the meet ranked 16th in the nation and defeated 15 other teams in the women's gold race.
Once again Weber State was led by junior Amber Henry who finished third overall in the race, posting a time of 21:09.5 on the 6K course. Henry, the 2011 Big Sky Champion, has led the Wildcats in each of the three races this season.
Senior Sarah Callister finished sixth overall with a time of 21:21.9. The third Wildcat to finish was senior Taylor Thornley who took 15th at 21:45.6. Senior Laken Hintze was 29th at 22:10.2 and Kayla Blackford was the fifth Wildcat, finishing 35th overall at 22:18.3.
On the men's side the Wildcat finished fourth overall with a total of 162 points. The host Minnesota Golden Gophers won the meet with Iowa State taking second and the University of Guelph finishing third in the 15-team men's gold race.
The Wildcats were led for the third time in three meets this season by senior John Coyle who finished second overall with a time of 24:36.8 on the 8K course. Coyle has finished second, first and second in the three meets this season.
Sophomore Trevor Ricks was the second Wildcat, finishing 17th overall with a time of 25:12.1 and junior Mike Hardy was 30th at 25:33.4. Junior Jason Nance raced for the first time this season following a knee injury and finished 36th overall with a time of 25:41.1. Sophomore Thomas "Tip" Worob took 85th at 26:42.6.
"I was pleased with how both teams ran today," said WSU head coach Paul Pilkington. "The women team really ran well and had an outstanding race. Amber and Sarah ran very well and we had real good results from the rest of the team. The men also ran a good race as a team. John Coyle had another outstanding meet and Jason Nance performed well for his first meet of the season."
The Wildcats now have just one meet remaining before the Big Sky Championships. The WSU women's team will compete at the Wisconsin Invitational Oct. 12 and the WSU men's team will run at the NCAA Pre-National meet on Oct. 13 in Louisville.