FALCON HEIGHTS, MN – A dominant performance at one of the most prestigious meets in the nation earned the 4th-ranked University of Mary women’s cross country team the 33rd annual Roy Griak Invitational Women’s Maroon title. All-Americans Jaiden Schuette and Ida Narbuvoll finished second and third, respectively, and Taylor Hestekin placed eighth overall to help UMary claim its third Griak title in team in program history.

The Marauders previously won the team title in 2011 and 2016.

“I am extremely proud of these women today,” said Marauders head coach Dennis Newell. “They worked extremely hard to build a cohesive family that could come together and earn the privilege of hoisting up the 33rd annual Roy Griak Invitational team trophy. This is a great example of individuals working in a positive environment towards the greater good of the group.”

Narbuvoll, who missed last season with injury after earning All-American honors in 2016 for the Marauders, led the field early but UMary was sitting third as a team through the opening mile. By the halfway point UMary moved up a slot to second behind fellow Northern Sun member Augustana with Narbuvoll still in front but Schuette closing to third.

The rest of the race belonged to the Marauders. Showing an impressive closing kick, Hestekin moved from 18th at the halfway point of the 6,000 meter race to eighth. Hestekin, an All-American as a freshman last season for the Marauders track team, is in her first season competing collegiately in cross country.

UMary finished with 66 points in the 33-team field, well in front of Augustana with 82 points and UC-Colorado Springs, third with 98 points.

Schuette finished the course in 22:00.2, less than five seconds off the winning pace. Narbuvoll checked in a 22:04.7. Hestekin nabbed eighth place in 2:35.8.

The closest anyone came to the Marauders in top finishers was Augie with three runners in the top 15.

A pair of top 30 finishes clinched the Griak title for the Marauders. Junior Bree Erickson claimed 25th for UMary, traversing the course in 22:59.3. Right behind in 29th place was freshman Starlynn Costa. She rounded out the team scoring for UMary after crossing the finish line in 23:09.5 in just her second collegiate race.

Lacey Feist-Young placed 57th overall in 23:47.5, the sixth UMary runner to finish the course.

The Marauders next compete October 20 at the NSIC Cross Country Preview in Aberdeen, SD.