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Mids Place Ninth at Roy Griak Invitational

Sept. 27, 2008


FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. - Navy women's cross country runner Katie Rentz (So./San Diego, Calif.) placed 42nd overall to guide the Midshipmen to a ninth-place score out of 23 teams at the Roy Griak Invitational on Saturday afternoon.

Among the field of 23 teams, three were ranked among the nation's top-30 programs by the USTFCCA, while another was receiving votes.

Host No. 9 Minnesota won the team title with a score of 31 points, followed by No. 5 Arizona State's 46 points, New Mexico's 89 points, No. 20 Duke's 105 points and Portland's 157 points to round out the top-five squads. The Midshipmen tallied 287 points, 19 more than eighth-place Northern Iowa and 13 fewer than 10th-place Iowa State.

Saturday's meet marked the first of four-straight races in which Navy and Army will compete against each other. Army finished in a tie for 18th place with 501 points. Navy's top-seven runners crossed the finish line before Army's second-fastest performer.

Racing among a field of 222 runners, Rentz completed the 6k Les Bolstad Golf Course in 22:26.7. It was the first time in her career that she led the Midshipmen across the finish line.

Erica Ziel (Jr./Saginaw, Mich.) produced Navy's second-best time - 56th overall - by virtue of her 22:44.5 clocking. Marina McGrail (Fr./Manchester, Vt.) finished the race in 22:56.4 to land in 64th place, followed by Maureen Dooley's (Sr./Durham, Conn.) 72nd-place time of 23:03.5 and Lexa Gass's (Jr./Crescent, Pa.) 23:13.8 showing for 84th place.

Navy will return to action this Friday, Pct. 3, when it heads to the Paul Short Run in Bethlehem, Pa. Race time is slated for 11:45 a.m.



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