CSU Cross Country's Jerrell Mock Wins Roy Griak Individual Title
Release courtesy of Colorado State Athletics.
FALCON HEIGHTS. Minn. – Colorado State’s Jerrell Mock made his 2016 debut in commanding fashion, winning the prestigious Roy Griak Merrill Fischbein Gold Men’s 8k with a time of 25:06.3 on Saturday afternoon at the University of Minnesota Les Bolstad Golf Course.
Mock’s victory on Saturday marks the second consecutive season in which a Ram has won the men’s individual title at the Roy Griak Invitational, as current teammate Jefferson Abbey won the 8k last season. Mock finished second in the 2015 race.
Mock and Abbey combine for the first back-to-back individual Roy Griak titles by athletes from the same school since Arizona won consecutive men’s individual championships in 2010 and 2011. Dating back to 1986, that feat has only been accomplished by five other schools.
Joining Mock amongst the top-25 finishers was fellow junior Grant Fischer, who placed 22nd amongst the field of 263. Fischer clocked a time of 25:37.6. Sophomore Eric Hamer crossed the finish line in 25:52.3 to place 40th and round out top performances by the CSU men’s team.
The women’s team was led by sophomore Ali Kallner, who clocked a time of 22:43 to place 50th. Senior Janelle Lincks finished 55th with a time of 22:50.9 while redshirt junior McKenna Spillar ran the 6k in 23:15.1 to place 82nd.
As a team, the Colorado State men’s squad placed seventh out of the 29-team field with 178 points, while the Ram women placed 13th out of 36 teams with 409 points. Portland won each of the men’s and women’s titles with 69 and 74 points, respectively.