Wilson, Baker Pace Jayhawks at Roy Griak Invitational

Roy Griak Invitational
Les Bolstad Golf Course
Falcon Heights, Minn.

Sophomore Nashia Baker was the KU women’s top finisher Saturday at the Roy Griak Invitational
KU Men’s Top 5 Finishers (301 Total)
Name Year Time
22. James Wilson SR 25:32
38. Jacob Morgan JR 25:45
43. Chris Malgares FR 25:48
87. Tyler Yunk SO 26:21
153. Carson Vickroy FR 27:18


KU Men’s Top 5 Team Finishes
(31 Total)
School Avg. Time
1. Southern Utah 25:31
2. Colorado State 25:34
3. Minnesota 25:35
4. Michigan State 25:34
5. Iowa State 25:36
11. Kansas 26:09
KU Women’s Top 5 Finishers (390 Total)
Name Year Time
88. Nashia Baker SO 22:59
116. Grace Morgan (RS)FR 23:23
119. Lydia Saggau (RS)FR 23:28
137. Courtney Coppinger SO 23:42
138. Alaina Schroeder FR 23:42


KU Women’s Top 5 Team Finishes
(35 Total)
School Avg. Time
1. Michigan State 21:31
2. Iowa State 21:33
3. North Carolina 22:05
4. Boise State 22:01
5. Baylor 22:04
20. Kansas 23:27


FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. – Senior James Wilson collected a 22nd-place finish and led the Kansas men’s cross country team to an 11th-place finish at the Roy Griak Invitational at Les Bolstad Golf Course Saturday afternoon. Sophomore Nashia Baker was the top Jayhawk finisher on the women’s side and led the group to a 20th-place finish. Both the men’s and women’s races featured over 300 runners and several of the top-ranked teams in the nation.
Wilson, who was seeing his first action of the 2014 season, was the top finisher on the men’s side for the second time in his Kansas career. The Abilene, Kansas native traversed the 8K loop in 25:32 to take 22nd in a field that numbered 301 runners. Wilson was followed closely by junior Jacob Morgan, who finished 13 seconds later at 25:45, placing 38th. Freshman Chris Malgares also tallied a finish inside the top-50 after clocking in at 25:48 to take 43rd overall.
Closing out the Jayhawk men’s front five was sophomore Tyler Yunk, who placed 87th and finishing in 26:21 and freshman Carson Vickroy, who traversed the Les Bolstad Course in 27:18 to finish 153rd.
In all, the men’s team amassed 343 points to finish 11th in the 31-team field and beat several teams that are currently ranked in the nation’s top-30.
The KU women were also able to keep a tight pack as their front-three finishers finished 30 seconds apart. Baker led the women’s squad for the first time in her young KU career, coming in 88th with a 6K time of 22:59. Grace Morgan, who led the KU women in her their first outing this season, was the next Jayhawk to cross the finish line. The Lawrence, Kan., native finished in 116th and clocked in at 23:23.
Freshman Lydia Saggau was in the KU women’s top-three for the first time, as she finished not far behind Morgan in 119th with a time of 23:28. Rounding out the women’s scoring was sophomore Courtney Coppinger (23:42) in 137th and freshman Alaina Schroeder, who also crossed the finish in 23:42 for 138th place.
The women’s squad collected 343 points to finish 20th in the teams standings.
The Jayhawk cross country teams will be back in action for the Rim Rock Classic on Saturday, Oct. 4, at their home course at Rim Rock Farm. The men’s 8K will begin the day at 9 a.m., while the starting gun for the women’s 6K will go off at 10 a.m. Log on to KUAthletics.com and follow on Twitter at @KansasXC for results and updates.
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