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Sports Blurbs: 9/26/11

Men’s Cross Country

In a field that included 220 runners, sophomore Brogan Austin led the Bulldogs with a 57th-place overall finish in the Roy Griak Invitational Men’s Gold Division cross-country meet at the Les Bolstad Golf Course in Minneapolis on Saturday. Austin ran the 8,000-meter course in 25 minutes, 7.1 seconds, almost a minute better than his time last year.

Sophomore Omet Kak finished 97th overall, crossing the line in 25:37.5.

The Bulldogs finished 22nd overall as a team in a field that featured three nationally ranked opponents. North Carolina State took the team title.

Drake will compete with a partial squad this Friday at the Grand View Invitational at Ewing Park in Des Moines.

Women’s Cross Country

The Bulldogs finished 26th overall in the Roy Griak Invitational Women’s Gold Division cross-country meet held at the Les Bolstad Golf Course last Saturday.

The field featured 272 runners and seven nationally ranked squads. California, ranked fifth in the country, took the team title.

Senior Kirsten Lake led Drake with a 158th-place finish in the 6,000-meter run. Lake registered a time of 23:29.

The freshmen trio of Mariel Fulton, Krista Maguire and Melissa Parks also had strong showings, finishing in 165th, 167th and 172nd place, respectively.

Drake will participate at the Grand View Invitational at Ewing Park in Des Moines on Friday. The Bulldogs will compete with a partial squad.

Volleyball

The Bulldogs went 1-1 last weekend and are now 5-11 on the season. Drake played a pair of Missouri Valley Conference matches on the road, taking on Southern Illinois and Evansville.

On Friday, Drake fell 3-1 to Southern Illinois. The Bulldogs took the first set 27-25 and then dropped the next three sets 20-25, 22-25 and 23-25.

On Saturday, the Bulldogs defeated the Purple Aces in five sets. Drake lost the first set 21-25 and then took the lead after winning consecutive sets 25-18 and 25-22. The Bulldogs lost the fourth set 23-25 and took care of business in the fifth set by winning 15-9.

The Bulldogs are now 1-2 in MVC play.

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