2013 Griak Invitational Recaps

Sept. 28, 2013

Results Central | Gopher Men's Recap | Gopher Women's Recap

Suzy Wilson Women's Maroon III Recap 


St. Scholastica's Chelsea Marie Johnson paced  the 2013 Griak Invitational's opening race on Saturday morning, crossing the finish line in 22:03.7 amidst a drizzling rain at Les Bolstad Golf Course. 

The Women's Maroon III individual champion bested the runner-up -- St. Olaf's Noelle Olson -- by more than 16 seconds although the weather and the always challenging Griak course was an issue for Johnson.

"After mile two I was feeling it a lot," Johnson said, "but I knew if I stayed with it mentally my body would keep going."

Wartburg took the team title for 2013, posting 63 points with five runners in the top 21. The team total is the lowest-ever in the Women's Maroon III race. Bates College came in second with 103 team points. 

Women's Maroon II Recap


Augusta (S.D.) swept the 2013 Roy Griak Invitational Women's Maroon II race, winning team and individual honors on Saturday in a rain-soaked race at Les Bolstad Golf Course in Falcon Heights. 

The Vikings' Runa Falch -- a senior -- also picked up the individual title with a time of 21:34.4 -- the fastest time in the Women's Maroon II race since the competition moved to six kilometers in 2004. 

Falch took the lead late in the race and never looked back as Augustana totaled 80 team points. 

"(Taking the lead) just happened. It is so unpredictable. I just knew I had to go," Falch said. "You can't complain about (the weather). It is the same for everyone. Just have to do your job."

Men's Maroon III Recap


A year after finishing 20th in the 2012 Roy Griak Invitational Men's Maroon III race, Bethel's Matt Berens returned to pick up the individual title this year with a winning time of 25:45.4. 

"I have been healthier this year. Last year, I was sick and had some foot problems," Berens said. "This season, training has been going well and I feel fit. It has been a great season so far and our team has been stepping up."

The junior paced the field throughout the race while UW-Eau Claire picked up its first-ever Men's Maroon III title with 69 points, edging 2011 winner UW-Oshkosh to runner-up honors at 76. The Blugolds posted all five of their scorers in the top 18 including sixth-place finisher Ryan Mugan. 

Men's Maroon II Recap


Augustana (S.D.) completed a team sweep of the Men's and Women's Maroon II races with the Viking men's team totaling 53 team points on Saturday afternoon in route to the program's second title in the last four years and third overall in Griak history. 

Adam Volkert of Pittsburg State took home the Men's Maroon II individual title with a winning time of 25:10.5. 

"This is my first time here. It is an awesome course. I redshirted last year, so I did not come with the team," Volkert said. "I was excited at the beginning and it panned out in the end."

"It was awesome. Our coach's goal was to relax through the first mile and be smart through three kilometers. He told me to wait until someone made a move and there was a pack of four or five of us that went in the middle. With about 1000 meters to go I felt comfortable and started using the hills to my advantage."

Larry Zirgilbel Boy's High School Gold Recap


Obsa Ali posted the second-fastest time ever by a boy's high school Griak Invitational winner on Saturday with a winning time of 15:30.8 in the Larry Zirgilbel High School Boy's Gold Race -- giving the Richfield senior his second-straight Griak title after taking top honors in the Boy's High School Maroon Race last season. 

Only Duluth East's Nic Matack (15:12) has posted a faster time in the Griak high school boy's division, winning the event in 1996. 

"I just wanted to stay patient and let (my competitors) work," Ali said. "When we got towards the end, I knew I had the kick to take it."

Wayzata High School swept the Boy's and Girl's High School Gold races on Saturday afternoon for the boy's third-ever title and the girl's first-ever title. 

The boy's team totaled 116 team points for the win. 

Gary Wilson Girl's High School Gold Recap


Wayzata High School swept the Boy's and Girl's High School Gold races on Saturday afternoon for the boy's third-ever title and the girl's first-ever title. 

Wayzata totaled 58 team points, besting Cherry Creek in second with 162. 

The two schools also battled for individual honors as Cherry Creek junior Jordyn Colter took top honors with a time of 17:48 to beat out Wayzata's Anna French in second place at 18:00. Colter is Cherry Creek's second-ever individual winner behind Olivia Anderson (2010). 

Saturday's conditions certainly didn't make it easy for Colter. 

"The footing was a little ruff, so you had to keep an eye out," the junior said. "The weather seemed to clear up for our race. It was so fun, and I am so excited."

Boy's High School Maroon Recap


Minneapolis Washburn picked up its first-ever Griak team title on Saturday, totaling 125 points at Les Bolstad Golf Course. 

River Falls' senior Trent Powell took home top individual honors with a time of 16:20, giving River Falls its first-ever Griak champion. 

"It was a great race," Powell said. "There was lots of competition, and I was able to stay up towards the front where there was a really great pack."

Girl's High School Maroon Recap


Notre Dame Academy won its second-straight Griak team title at Les Bolstad Course Saturday afternoon. The 2012 Girl's Gold champions won the 2013 Girl's Maroon title with three runners finish in the top 30, led by junior Jessica Reigh in 16th place (20:12).

Meanwhile, Minneapolis Washburn seventh grader Emily Covert won the Girl's Maroon individual title, clocking in at 19:00 over the 5K course in the final race of the 2013 Griak Invitational.




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