Khat covered the 8-kilometer course in 26 minutes, 18 seconds to help lead the Trojans to a 20th place finish with 571 points. Lakehead University’s Kevin tree won the race in 25:57.
Khat’s fifth-place finish was the highest ever for a NIACC men’s runner at the Griak Invitational. Trent Smith placed ninth for the Trojans at the 2012 Griak Invitational.
Other counting scores for NIACC at the Griak Invitational, Zach Freund was 82nd in 27:52, Colby Kraninger was 153rd in 28:39, John Kraft was 201st in 29:06 and Blake Keller was 23yh in 29:27.
Also for NIACC, Jose Aguilera was 265th in 29:43, Samuel Dean was 290th in 30:03, Canyon Kuhlmann was 308th in 30:29, NIck Frenz was 336th in 30:55, David Carter was 365th in 31:43, Abdiaziz Wako was 367th in 31:46 and Aaron Hardcastle was 416th in 33:17.
The NIACC women placed 39th with 1,144 points. Kendra Schmidt led the Lady Trojans with a 229th place finish in 27:09.
Also for the Lady Trojans, Amy Fullerton was 241st in 27:18, Guadalupe Diaz was 344th in 29:49, Cassandra Bonsall was 345th in 29:52 and Keisha Gonzague was 357th in 30:21.
The NIACC men and women return to action Oct. 1 at the University of Arkansas Chile Pepper in Fayetteville, Ark.