LA JOLLA, Calif. -
The UC San Diego cross country teams will travel to Falcon Heights, Minn. this week to compete in the 25th Annual Roy Griak Invitational at the University of Minnesota Les Bolstad Golf Course on Saturday.
One of the largest meets in the nation, The Roy Griak Invitational will feature some of the country's top programs from the Division I, II, III, NAIA and junior college levels. The Tritons will be competing in the Maroon II Races, which are scheduled to begin at 9:50 a.m. (women) and 11:30 a.m. (men) local time. The women will be running on a 6k course, while the men's race will cover an 8k distance.
After resting several of his top performers during last weekend's Aztec Invite in Balboa Park, head coach Nate Garcia will take his top eight men and women to Falcon Heights to compete on Saturday.
Brianna Alban, Chia Chang, Catherine Crisp, Kamilah Foley, Jenny Kaehms, Katie Kane, Aaryn Kobayashi and Jackie Sikkema will competing for the Triton women, while Daniel Cooper, Mario Flores, Patrick French, Anthony Heredia, Matt Lenehan, Kellen Levy, Jesse Morrill and John Svet will represent UCSD on the men's side.
Saturday's race will give Garcia and his coaching staff a good glimpse as to where the Tritons stack up on a national level, as UCSD will be facing some of the top programs in Division II. The women's Maroon II Race will feature several ranked opponents, including No. 6 Minnesota Duluth, No. 11 Augustana and No. 21 University of Mary. On the men's side, the Tritons will be competing against the likes of No. 9 Augustana, Minnesota State Mankato, St. Cloud State and Michigan Tech, all of which finished in the top 10 in 2009.
The Tritons will be competing in the Roy Griak Invite for the first time under Garcia on Saturday. UCSD last took part in this race in 2006, with the women finishing fourth out of 29 teams and the men placing 13th in a 52-team field. Morrill, who was just a freshman at the time, was the Tritons' top individual finisher on the men's side, placing 48th out of a total of 509 runners with a time of 27:01.30.