The Gophers men placed fourth and the Gophers women third in the Gold Division races at the Roy Griak Invitational cross-country meet Saturday at the Les Bolstad Golf Course.
The Gophers, with 85 points finished behind champion Colorado State, which had 47 points, followed by Michigan State (55) and UCLA (63). Colorado State's Jerrell Mock repeated as individual champion. The Gophers' top finishers were Charlie Lawrence in 12th place, Obsa Ali 21st in his season debut and Derek Wiebke 25th in the 8,000-meter race.
San Francisco ran away with the women's Gold crown with 22 points. Iowa State was second with 72, 13 ahead of Minnesota in the 6K race. The Gophers got top-15 finishes from Madeline Strandemo (10th), Bethany Hasz (11th) and Megan Hasz (13th).
In the Division II race, Augustana won the men's team title, but fifth-place Sioux Falls got a 1-2 finish from Mason Phillips and Steven Brown. Alexis Zeis of Mary was the women's Division II champion, while Simon Fraser won the team title.
Carleton and Wisconsin-Oshkosh won the women's and men's Division III races. Carleton had three runners in the top five, led by runner-up Emily Kaegi. Oshkosh scored 25 points, and Brian Jacques of runner-up North Iowa Area CC was men's medalist.
Four U tennis players reach singles finals
River Hart, Barbara Mancera, Cammy Frei and Kalyssa Hall all made finals in women's singles heading into the final day of the Gopher Invitational. Four of the five double teams also won.
Hart lost the first set to Paule Del Cueto Castillo of Nebraska, but prevailed in a second-set tiebreaker on the way to a 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-4 victory She will take on Amanda Rebol of North Carolina State in the final.