California ties No. 8 Iowa State
No. 6 Stanford rolls competition with 116 point victory.
MINNEAPOLIS -- California pulled off a shocker at the Roy Griak Invitational tying No. 8 Iowa State and finishing ahead of seven other ranked programs.
The Golden Bears were led by Deborah Maier who won the meet with a time of 20:29.2. Other top times included Chelsea Reilly (18th, 21:08.5), Taylor Dutch (25th, 21:18.2) and Kelsey Santisteban (34th, 21:28.5).
Iowa State had three runners finish in the top 15. Dani Stack was the top Cyclone performer finishing eighth with a time of 20:57. Meaghan Nelson finished 13th (21:02) and Betsy Saina finshed fifteenth (21:06).
No. 10 Arizona finshed in third but had two very strong performers. Jen Bergman came in third with a time of 20:43 and right behind her was teammate Elvin Kibet in fourth (20:47)
No. 6 Stanford at Stanford Invitational
PALO ALTO, Calif. -- In No. 6 Stanford's first major meet of the season the Cardinals defeated their next closest competition by 116 points at their invitational.
Kathy Kroger repeated as the individual champion, running 20:07, one second off her time from last year. She pulled away from new teammate Aisling Cuffe on the final straightaway, but it was still an outstanding collegiate debut from Cuffe. The U.S. Junior Champion ran 20:12 to finish second in her first race with the Cardinals.
The next two runners from Stanford were also a blend of experience and youth. Fifth-year senior Stephanie Marcy placed fifth as the veteran moved through the field to finish strong as she has so many times before. Marcy ran a time of 20:34, which 17 seconds faster than freshman Molly McNamara who was eighth. The freshman finished in 20:51 in her collegiate debut.
Game information and photos compiled from athletic department websites.