NORMAN, Okla. - The University of Oklahoma men's cross country team heads north this weekend to compete at the Roy Griak Invitational on Saturday Sept. 28, in St. Paul, Minn.
Nine runners will be competing in Minnesota for the No. 10 regionally-ranked Sooners in one of the nation’s largest cross country meets. Eric Graf, Kyle Polman, Dylan Blankenbaker, Will Hogston and Daniel Aldaba will compete, all of whom also competed in last weekend’s first place finish at the Missouri Southern Stampede in Joplin, Mo.
They will be joined by Brandon Doughty, Patrick Gomez, Abbabiya Simbassa and Dan Schubert who will all be competing for the second time this season.
OU will get its first taste of non-regional competition of the season on Saturday.
“We are excited to go and face some good competition,” explained Associate Head Coach Jason Dunn. “Some really good teams are there and our goal is to position ourselves to have some wins against teams from other regions.
“This will be an opportunity to compete with those teams.”
Dunn points out that this is the point in the season where the goal is not only evaluation, but competing as well.
“I think we are getting closing to evaluating where we are in terms of our competitive season,” said Dunn. “We are right on the threshold in between evaluating and competing. I am excited to get out there and see what we do.”
The Sooners will be running in the 8k gold men’s race, which is slated to start at 12:20 p.m. CT and also features two top-25 nationally-ranked programs in No. 4 BYU and No. 25 North Carolina State.