MINNEAPOLIS, Sporting Alert – The 2016 college cross country season heats up this weekend with a number of high standard meetings, with the 2016 Roy Griak Invitational, Virginia-Panorama Farms Invite and the Oklahoma State Cowboy Jamboree events heading the list.
A loaded women’s field is set to highlight the Roy Griak Invitational on the Les Bolstad Golf Course – hosted by the University of Minnesota – and you can watch live streaming coverage of this event on FloTrack. Meet Home | Results | Tickets | FloTrack Live Stream
Among the nationally ranked programs in action on the women’s side are No. 6 Boise State, which will be led by the talented sophomore Allie Ostrander and the second year Brenna Peloquin, while Erin Finn leads the No. 10 ranked Michigan.
Rachele Schulist and Alexis Wiersma will lead No. 9 Michigan State, with No. 13 Penn State, No. 17 Iowa State, No. 20 San Francisco, host and No. 25 Minnesota, No. 29 Mississippi State, and No. 30 Portland among the 36 teams starting at the weekend.
On the men’s side, No. 17 Boise State leads the pack, with No. 18 Michigan, No. 19 Oklahoma, No. 22 Portland, No. 23 Furman, No. 24 Colorado State, No. 25 Southern Utah and No. 30 Michigan State all starting as well.
No. 1 Syracuse heads the list of hunters for the men’s crown, while No. 4 Stanford, No. 11 Virginia and No. 12 BYU are also listed.
In the women’s section, No. 14 Virginia, No. 16 Syracuse, No. 19 BYU and a pair of teams receiving votes, William & Mary and Princeton will lead the way.
The Women’s 5K Invitational will get going at 10:00am, with 10:30am selected as the time for the Men’s 8K Invitational.
Meanwhile, in Stillwater, Oklahoma State will look to sweep its home meet – Cowboy Jamboree – and extend the streak on both the men’s and women’s sides. Follow Live Coverage
The nationally ranked No. 9 Cowboys is hunting their seventh-straight Jamboree title and their 22nd overall.
The No. 6 ranked Cowgirls are also going after their seventh-straight Jamboree crown and 12 overall.
“We want to win every race we run and especially on our home course,” OSU head coach Dave Smith said.
“The guys and the women in this program take a lot of pride in the fact that this course is probably the toughest course that anyone will run all year long.”
On the men’s side, No. 28 Tulsa is expected to provide the biggest challenge to Oklahoma State, while on the women’s side, Tulsa (RV), Kansas State, and Stephen F. Austin are in the starting lineup.