July 29, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS (GopherSports.com) – The 29th annual Roy Griak Invitational highlights the 2014 University of Minnesota men’s cross country campaign, announced by the Gophers program and Director of Men’s Track & Field and Cross Country Steve Plasencia on Tuesday afternoon.
After kicking off the season at home with the Oz Memorial on Friday, Sept. 5, the Gophers host their premiere event on Saturday, Sept. 27 – the Roy Griak Invitational. Named for the legendary Roy Griak, who led the Gophers to three Big Ten cross country titles from 1963-1996 and celebrated his 50th year of service to the University of Minnesota last season, the Griak continues to earn praise as one of the top cross country meets in the nation each year. The 29th running of the Griak will again feature some of the top high school and collegiate teams in the nation including 24 Division I men’s programs running in the Merrill Fischbein Men’s Gold Race. Both Gophers home meets will be held at Les Bolstad Golf Course in Falcon Heights.
Minnesota will continue to compete at nationally touted competitions in the month of October with the Notre Dame Invitational on Friday, Oct. 3 in South Bend, Ind., and the Wisconsin adidas Invitational in Madison on Friday, Oct. 17. The month of October concludes for the Gophers at the Jim Drews Invitational in Ettrick, Wis., on Saturday, Oct. 18.
The 2014 Big Ten Men’s Cross Country Championship will be held in Iowa City on Sunday, Nov. 2 with the University of Iowa hosting while a select number of Gophers will also compete at the Fall Finale in Collegeville, Minn., the following week on Friday, Nov. 7.
The Gophers continue the championship season with the NCAA Midwest Regional on Friday, Nov. 14 in Peoria, Ill., with Bradley hosting while Indiana State hosts the 2014 NCAA Men’s Cross Country Championship in Terre Haute, Ind., on Saturday, Nov. 22.
Plasencia Named U.S. Junior Cross Country Coach
True freshmen Hamza Ali and Nick Rink will also represent the U.S. in international competition next month.
Gophers Named USTFCCCA All-Academic Team
Led by eight Academic All-Big Ten honorees, the Gophers recorded a cumulative team grade point average of 3.43 – the program’s highest team GPA on record dating back to 1999.
Ali Qualifies for World Championships
A native of Minneapolis, Minn., Ali entered the meet having set a Gophers record to win the Twin Cities 5K earlier this year (14:47) and also picked up an individual title at the Fall...