Roy Griak
Roy Griak

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Administrative Assistant

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Gophers Bound for NCAA Regional at Texas

Fifteen Gophers will be in NCAA regional action this weekend at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin, Texas.


Gophers Set for B1G Outdoor Meet

Michigan State hosts this year's conference meet, May 15-17, in East Lansing.


Minnesota Crosses the Border for Pair of Meets

The Gophers will compete at the Wisconsin Twilight and the UW-La Crosse Eagle Open on Friday.


Gophers Head to Iowa for Musco Twilight

Gian Ferretti returns as the Musco Twilight champion in the hammer throw.


Drake Relays Highlight Weekend Action

The Gophers are set to compete at four meets this weekend in Minnesota, Iowa and California.

Roy Griak enters his 19th season as the Golden Gophers' full-time track and field/cross country administrative assistant in 2015-16. He had previously served as Minnesota's cross country and track & field coach for 33 years from 1963-1996.

A letterwinner in both cross country and track and field during his collegiate running career for the Golden Gophers, Griak earned his bachelor's degree in education from the U of M in 1949, adding his master's degree in 1950. Griak went on to teach at Nicolett High School and then at the Mankato Public Schools before he began teaching and coaching at St. Louis Park High School in 1953.

Griak, who was inducted into the prestigious Drake Relays Coaches' Hall of Fame in April of 1993, took over the reigns of the Minnesota program in 1963, replacing his old coach Jim Kelly.

He led the Golden Gophers to Big Ten cross country titles in 1964 and 1969. His 1968 cross country squad finished second at the Big Ten meet and placed fourth at the NCAA Championships. Griak added a Big Ten track and field title to his resume in 1968.

In addition to three Big Ten titles, his cross country squads produced three second-place and seven third-place finishes in league meets. Overall, he coached a total of 47 cross country and track and field All-Americans during his tenure, including three NCAA champions. His athletes collected 60 Big Ten Conference individual titles as well.

When Griak stepped off the track for the last time in 1996, Minnesota honored its legendary coach by naming the nation's largest annual cross country meet, formerly the Minnesota Invitational, after Griak. Griak then became the administrative assistant for cross country and track & field.

As the track and field and cross country administrative assistant, Griak takes care of scheduling, budget and equipment duties. He also plans special events and projects, fundraisers and acts as a liaison to the administration.

Griak resides in Plymouth, Minn.


Minnesota Mourns Loss of "Lefty" Wright


The University of Minnesota mourns the loss of long-time cross country and track & field official Ralph Eugene "Lefty" Wright.

Gophers at the 2015 Minnesota State Fair


Meet your favorite Gopher student-athletes and coaches at the Great Minnesota Get-Together.

Mead Makes International Debut in Beijing


Hassan Mead finished 15th in the 10,000 meters at the IAAF World Championships this weekend.

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