Courtney Alama, Danielle Anderson and Taylor Mikkalson led Minnesota at Jack's Twilight Run Friday evening
Minnesota raced at the Blugold Invitational Friday
Minnesota returns six of its top seven runners from last year's Griak Invitational
Host Minnesota is one of four 2014 NCAA participant teams in this year's Women's Gold Race
Head coach Sarah Hopkins previews the 2015 cross country season
2015 • Sophomore Season: Ran unattached at four races.
2014 • Freshman Season: Ran six races • finished as the overall runner-up at the Oz Memorial, racing unattached (22:32.7) • made her Gopher debut at the BYU Autumn Classic three-mile, finishing 16th overall and seventh on the team in 18:43.6 • finished fourth on the team at the Griak Invitational in 22:25.2 • finished sixth for the Gophers and eighth overall at the SDSU Classic 5K in 18:14.54 • led the Gophers in the open race at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational, running a career-best 21:40 for 22nd place overall • finished eighth for Minnesota at the Big Ten Championships in 22:07.8 for 86th overall • named an alternate for the NCAA Midwest Regional and NCAA Championships.
High School: A 2014 graduate of East Ridge High School • 11-time letterwinner in cross country (six) and track & field (five) • two-time all-state and five-time All-Suburban East Conference honoree in cross country • finished 21st at the 2013 Minnesota Class AA state cross country championship to lead East Ridge to a state runner-up team finish • 2013 and 2011 Suburban East Conference cross country champion • two-time Minnesota Class AA state track & field championship participant in the 4x800m relay, taking 14th as a junior and fourth as a senior • three-time All-Suburban East Conference honoree in track & field • 2011 Suburban East Conference champion in the 3,200m • holds East Ridge school records in the 4K (13:58), mile (5:13), two-mile (10:57), and 4x800m relay (9:22) • placed 37th at 2013 Nike Cross Nationals in 18:15.3 • academic all-state honoree.
Personal: Born June 12, 1996 • daughter of Laura and Lloyd Ness • has one older brother, Ryan, who ran cross country and track at Minnesota State • father ran cross country and track at Minnesota from 1980-82 • major is retail merchandising.
Gophers Name 2016 Captains
Danielle Anderson, Anne Haakenstad, Madeline Strandemo, and Tess Wasowicz will lead the Gophers this fall.
Griak Feature: Katie Flood
Katie Flood is the only runner in Griak Invitational history to win three individual high school race titles.
Griak Feature: Missy (Buttry) Rock
The University of Minnesota will celebrate the 31st annual Roy Griak Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 24 at Les Bolstad Golf Course in Falcon Heights, Minn.