#31 Mountain Lions Win Maroon Division II Race at Griak Invitational
SAINT PAUL, Minn. - Megan Burrell, Angie Martell and Veronica Sandoval each finished in the top 20 of the overall results to lead the No. 31 University of Colorado Colorado Springs women's cross country team to victory in the Roy Griak Invitational Maroon Division II race this morning at Les Bolstad Golf Course in Minnesota.
The Mountain Lions defeated eight Division II teams ranked ahead of them in the latest USTFCCCA national rankings, including one top 10 team in seventh-ranked Mary. UCCS and Mary were the only teams with three runners in the top 20 of the overall results, but stronger performances from the fourth and fifth place runners put the Mountain Lions ahead of the Marauders by 88 points. UCCS won the overall title by 15 points ahead of Winona State, who wasn't ranked in the nation and ranked No. 10 in the Central Region poll.
Burrell led the Mountain Lions with 22 minutes and 39 seconds on the six-kilometer course and finished seventh among collegiate runners in the race. Martell placed in No. 12 overall with 22:58.4 and Sandoval finished No. 20 with 23:13.4 as the top three Mountain Lions finished within 45 seconds of each other.
The University of Mary held a 19-35 advantage against UCCS through the first three runners, with Winona State 10 points behind the Mountain Lions. Madison Neher finished one spot ahead of Winona's Chelsea Schrubbe, the fourth-place runners for both teams, to provide an 11-point cushion against the Warriors. The fourth-place runner from Mary didn't cross until No. 105, knocking the Marauders out of the team title race.
Ashley Benfield finished in 23:57.3 as the Mountain Lions' final scoring runner, and Alyssa Anders was able to displace points against Winona State with her time of 23:59.0, before Winona's fifth-place runner crossed the line in 24:01.8.
Today was the first competition for UCCS with conference newcomer Black Hills State, which finished in No. 19 with 556 points. UCCS had three runners ahead its second-place runner and 11 runners ahead of its third-place runner.
Up Next: UCCS will send runners to the Metro State Invitational next Saturday at Washington Park in Denver. It will be the final tuneup before the Mountain Lions host the RMAC Championships on Oct. 20 in Monument Valley Park.
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