Men's Cross Country to Test Itself at Roy Griak Invitational
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - After competing in three local meets over the first three weeks of the season with a mixture of both its varsity and junior varsity lineups, the Navy men's cross country will send its top varsity runners to the nationally-renown Roy Griak Invitational in Minnesota this weekend. Racing on an 8k course at the Les Bolstad Golf Course in Falcon Heights on Saturday, the Mids will take on a talented 16-team field at the 32nd edition of the annual event beginning at 11:15 AM ET.
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Saturday's meet is headlined by the No. 12 Iowa State Cyclones and No. 18 Colorado State Rams. The 2016 Roy Griak Men's Gold Competition champion Jerrell Mock is a returning member of the Rams squad. UCLA and Michigan State round out the quartet of top-30 teams as the Bruins are ranked 22nd, while the Spartans are 25th in this week's USTFCCCA national rankings. Minnesota and Navy are just outside the top-30 in the receiving votes portion of the poll.
Regionally, Navy is the second-ranked team in the Mid-Atlantic Region trailing just Georgetown. The Mids are one of three Patriot League programs recognized in the region's top-15 as Bucknell is sixth and Lehigh is 13th.
Last year in Minnesota at the 2016 Roy Griak Invitational, Navy used a 33rd place finish by Lucas Stalnaker ('17) to pace the Mids to an 11th place finish in the team standings. Amongst the returning Navy runners in 2017, team captain Cory Donley finished 77th last year with a time of 26:20.0, while Jake Brophy came in right behind in 79th place at 26:20.4. In total, 263 collegiate runners competed at the 2016 meet.