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Gorillas Head to Minnesota for 28th Annual Roy Griak Invitational

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The Pittsburg State University men's and women's cross country teams will travel to the Twin Cities to compete in the 28th Annual University of Minnesota Roy Griak Invitational Saturday (Sept. 28).

One of the nation's largest cross country meets, the Griak features a total of 10 races (six collegiate, four high school) with approximately 4,500 runners expected to compete across all divisions.

The women's NCAA Division II competition will begin at 9:50 a.m. (CDT) with the men's Division II field starting at 11:30 a.m.

The Pitt State women are coming off a second place finish in the Missouri Southern Stampede last Saturday (Sept. 21) at Joplin, Mo., while the Gorilla men placed third overall.

"The Griak Invitational is among the largest cross country meets in the midwest," head coach Russ Jewett said. "We are competing in the Maroon II division with some of the best Division II and NAIA teams in central part of the country. It's an opportunity to race against a few of the Central Region teams we wouldn't otherwise see before our regional meet in November.

"It's a great course with rolling terrain throughout and a few challenging hills. If we compete well, we could finish among the top five teams or so. We had mediocre team performances here last year and expect to have a much better showing this year."  

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