MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University cross country team travels to St. Paul, Minn. this weekend to race in the nation’s largest cross country meet, the 27th annual Roy Griak Invitational, hosted by the University of Minnesota. The Women's Griak Maroon race starts at 10:50 a.m. on Saturday (Sept. 29) at Les Bolstad Golf Course.
The Wildcats are ranked fourth in this week’s regional rankings and 29th in the nation. Grand Valley State, Ferris State and Hillsdale are ahead of the ‘Cats in the Midwest Region. It’s the first week that NMU has appeared in both polls.
Junior Mallory Celaya is the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference women’s cross country runner of the week. Celaya was the top finisher for the Wildcats at the Blugold Invite in 19th place. She crossed the finish line in 22:53 in her second race for the Green and Gold.
At the 2011 Roy Griak race, the ‘Cats finished fourth place out of 22 teams. Sophomore Larissa Halonen led NMU finishing 22nd, while junior Mandy Dye placed 30th and sophomore Katie Granquist had a 51st place finish.
NMU will face 38 other teams in its division of the race that consists of 460 runners. The only other Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference team competing will be Michigan Tech. Lakehead. UW-Parkside and Winona State, who the ‘Cats have faced already this year will also be present.
Northern placed first at its first two meets of the season at Michigan Tech and UW-Parkside. Last week, in Eau Claire, NMU had 34 points good for sixth place.
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