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Roundup: Augustana (S.D.) shows off at Griak

No. 1 Grand Valley State, No. 2 Adams State, No. 3 Augustana (S.D.) at Griak Invitational 

MINNEAPOLIS -- Grand Valley State, who entered the invite as the top-ranked in the USTFCCCA rankings, finished ninth in a field of 28 teams, 26 of which were Division I squads. The other D-II squad in the field, No. 2 Adams State, finished 11th.

The Lakers tallied 264 points in the meet.

GVSU placed its top seven runners between 29th and 87th, with sophomore Jessica Janecke leading the way with a time of 21:43. Junior Allyson Winchester was 46th (22:02) as she crossed the line with senior Courtney Brewis, who was tagged as 48th with a time of 22:03. 

Adam State's Kelly Lamb finished 39th overall and All-American Lauren Martin finished 49th overall to crack the top-50 and lead the ASU women to an 11th place team finish.  Lamb cruised through the 6K course in 21:55, while Martin finished just nine seconds later in 22:04.

Third-ranked Augustana (S.D.) competed in a different classification that GVSU and ASU. Augustana (S.D.) competed in the Maroon section of the Griak Invitational. 

Runa Falch clocked a 21:34.3 on the 6,000-meter course to break the record set back in 2011. Falch was in 13th after the first mile and in 7th at the hallway point, but closed hard in the final 600 meters to take the individual crown.

"What can you say about Runa?" head coach Tracy Hellman said. "She really ran smart and was in control the whole time. What a way to finish her last year at Augie with a course record at Griak."

Falch led the Vikings to an 83 point total and the team win with fellow Norwegian Kristin Brondbo placing fifth (22:45.8) for the Vikings. Gabi Swoboda and Megan Brown placed 18th and 24th, respectively, and Kaitlyn Yoerg rounded out Augustana's scoring five with a 33rd place finish.

No. 4 Western State at Rocky Mountain Shootout

BOULDER, Colo. -- The Mountaineers finished first among Division II teams at the Rocky Mountain Shootout with 21 points.

For the women, Tara Richardson was the top Division II finisher with a time of 22:02. Anna Marshall was second and Julie Pack finished just behind Marshall in third. Melanie Becic finished seventh, Cassie Ortiz was eighth, Torie Weprin was ninth and Cali Antolini was tenth.

No. 6 Simon Fraser and No. 7 Chico State at Stanford Invitational

PALO ALTO -- Seventh-ranked Chico State opened the season at the Sundodger Invitational, and though the Wildcats ran reasonably well, they were beaten by another Division II school – No. 6 Simon Fraser. On Saturday, at the Stanford Invitational, the score was settled. 

Chico State won the non-Division I portion of the Stanford Invitational, besting The Clan 51-61.

Ayla Granados finished second among non-Division I athletes in 22:14 and Sara Mikesell was close behind in 22:26 to finish fourth. Bailey Henshaw was 12th in 23:10, Rebekah Bahra 15th in 23:12 and freshman Sadie Gastelum stopped the Wildcats' scoring in 18th in 23:18.

Jessica Varela finished 23rd in 23:22, Jordan Walsh 25th in 23:32. Enrequette Peinado was 27th in 23:33, true freshman Jacqueline Adams was 32nd in 23:48, and Hayley Swanson 37th out of 95 in 23:52 .

The Clan women placed second among the Division II schools while the men finished seventh.

Senior captain Lindsey Butterworth led the Clan, placing 35th with a time of 22:40.

After a disappointing sixth place finish at last years regionals, the Clan women are looking at a shot at redemption in 2013.

Placing second on the team was Kirsten Allen with a time of 22:54, finishing 45th overall.


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