MINNEAPOLIS, MN--The #14 Boise State men's cross country team got off to a slow start and then had to rally to take third today in the Men's D1 Gold Division 8k race of the Roy Griak Invitational. Meanwhile, Portland runners raced to the front immediately and used that to capture the team title with 69 points. Unranked Iowa State was second with 97 points followed by the Broncos with 112, #17 Michigan with 157 and #30 Michigan State with 161. The third place finish at the Griak is the best in school history for the Bronco men.
No Boise State runners were among the Top 30 in the first 6 minutes of the race but gradually gained their footing. Freshman Miler Haller, sophomores Andrew Rafla and Chandler Austin and junior Michael Vennard were in the Top 30 at one time or another. Junior Yusuke Uchikoshi consistently moved his way through the pack and led the Broncos with a seventh place finish (25:19). Rafla moved to fourth about the halfway point but faded to 24th (25:40). Haller finished 13th (25:28), while Austin was 31st (25:48) and Vennard 37th with a time of 25:52.
Colorado State's Jerrell Mock finished first individually with a time of 25:07, but the Rams were seventh as a team.
The Broncos, who will likely fall in the rankings, will try again in the Steve T. Reeder Invitational in two weeks.