Roy Griak
Roy  Griak

Position:
Administrative Assistant

Graduating Year:
1949 (Minnesota)


09/23/2017

No. 19 Gophers Place Third at Griak

Madeline Strandemo finished 10th overall to lead the Gophers to a third-place finish at the Roy Griak Invitational Saturday

09/08/2017

Kohut-Jackson, Gophers Win at Oz Memorial

The Gophers took home the individual and team titles at the Oz Memorial Run Friday evening

09/08/2017

Rookies Impress in First Collegiate Outing

Four first-year Gophers ran unattached at Minnesota's Oz Memorial

12/12/2016

Gophers Hand Out Team Awards

Minnesota celebrated the 2016 cross country season with its annual team awards banquet Sunday

10/14/2016

Hasz Leads Gophers at Nuttycombe Invitational

Megan Hasz, Bethany Hasz, and Madeline Strandemo led Minnesota on Friday afternoon

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.

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B1G Recognizes 95 Gophers For Academics

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12/6/2017 - M. Cross Country

Ninety-five University of Minnesota student-athletes have earned Academic All-Big Ten honors, announced Wednesday by the conference office.

'U' Prospect Khalid Hussein Earns All-America Nod

'U' Prospect Khalid Hussein Earns All-America Nod

12/2/2017 - M. Cross Country

A native of Plymouth, Minn., Hussein signed his National Letter of Intent with the Gophers last month after winning the 2017 MSHSL Class AA Cross Country Championship.

Ali Breaks School 10K Record at NCAA Regional

Ali Breaks School 10K Record at NCAA Regional

11/10/2017 - M. Cross Country

Ali finished the 10-kilometer race at the ISU Cross Country Course in 29:23.06, besting Plasencia's 29:26.0 from the 1976 NCAA Championships.

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