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Roundup: Arizona wins at Griak Invitational

No. 2 Florida State at Charlotte Invitational 

CHARLOTTE, N.C. --  Redshirt sophomore Teresa Ristow's sixth-place finish highlighted an impressive all-around performance by Florida State Saturday morning at the Charlotte Invitational.

Ristow covered the 6000-meter course at McAlpine Park in 21:38.4, pacing the cross country walk-ons to a fifth-place finish in the Gold race field of 30 teams.

"Based on it being the first race, I wanted to see how they ran the 6k without a lot of advice," FSU volunteer coach Josh Seitz said. "We had been doing a lot of aerobic work in our training and they all ran better than we expected, especially on the top end. We were probably the strongest team from the 3k on. I don't think we got passed by many people over the final 3k."

The Seminoles trailed only Mississippi State (58), host Charlotte (61), North Florida (76) and Davidson (140), all of whom sent their top runners to the starting line.

Competing in her first collegiate 6k race, Ristow worked her way up into the hunt after passing through the 5k in a near-best 18:00 and was less than three seconds out of a fourth-place finish.

Kelly's day started with a fall in the very early stages of the race, but she regrouped with a team-best split in the third kilometer and obliterated her previous-best 6k time by 74 seconds. Griggs was especially strong over the final kilometer to post a 59-second personal-best.

No. 5 Arizona at Griak Invitational

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Fifth-ranked Arizona took first place in Minnesota's Roy Griak Invitational on Saturday. 

In her season debut, senior Elvin Kibet’s time of 20:49 in the 6,000-meter race was good for second place overall. She was one of four Wildcats to finish in eighth place or better. 

The second finisher for the UA was junior Nicci Corbin, taking fifth place overall with a time of 20:59. Sophomore Kayla Beattie finished in sixth place and posted a time of 21:02. Freshman Maria Larsson’s time of 21:06 was good for eighth place overall. Junior Hanna Peterson was the fifth scorer for the Wildcats, taking 27th place overall with a time of 21:39.

No. 8 Stanford at Stanford Invitational

STANFORD, Calif. -- Stanford took the team title at the 40th annual Stanford Invitational cross country meet on Saturday at Stanford Golf Course.

Jessica Tonn and Aisling Cuffe ran side by side to finish 1-2 in 21:00 over the 6-kilometer course. Tonn, a senior, earned her first collegiate invitational victory.

Chris Miltenberg, Stanford’s director of track and field, used the meet as an evaluation tool. None of his freshmen, men or women, competed in a Stanford uniform, but ran unattached.

Miltenberg will decide whether to bring some onto the squad this season or redshirt them. Among the women, former Los Gatos High standout Danielle Katz was the top freshman, finishing 11th (21:47) and would have been Stanford’s No. 4 runner.

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