Gophers Run to Ninth-Place Finishes at 2022 Griak

September 24, 2022

MINNEAPOLIS — The College of Minnesota cross nation group noticed each its women and men end ninth total on the thirty sixth annual Roy Griak Invitational on Friday, September 23, on the College of Minnesota Les Bolstad Golf Course. Minnesota’s high particular person finisher was true freshman Ali Weimer completed twenty sixth on the ladies’s facet whereas Emmet Anderson was the lads’s greatest finisher at fortieth total. 

“We had a strong day on either side,” cross nation coach Sarah Hopkins stated. “The ladies, I feel we’re shut. It feels a bit of disappointing, as a result of I feel we might have run a bit of higher immediately in all honesty. Freshman Ali Weimer had an superior breakout day immediately. Once we put these items collectively, I feel we’re there. It is nearly getting all of them collectively on the identical day and with a younger group like we’ve, that is what you’re going to have. We all know it will be the kind of season the place each week we’re going to develop. Right now we possibly did not make as a lot of a soar as I’d have thought, however we’ll get there. I’ve little doubt that this group will continue to learn and rising.”

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Weimer’s efficiency goes down as probably the greatest true freshman finishes on the Griak in program historical past. Her twenty sixth total end is the most effective by a real freshman since Bethany Hasz (twenty first) in 2016 and her time of 21:32.60 is quicker than Hasz’s 22:22.00 in 2016 and even Kayla Wagner’s in 2009, who completed in 14th as a real freshman. 

“Ali got here out of highschool as final 12 months’s Griak champion in 2021, and she or he was a bit of banged up throughout her ultimate highschool observe season so to see her confidence develop again is nice,” Hopkins stated. “You may simply see that confidence immediately. When it was time to go, she went immediately. She had a fantastic final half of the race and was high 30. I informed her coming in that high 25 at this meet would have been an superior day, and she or he got here in twenty sixth. She’s coming into her personal, and it’s a large soar to go from highschool to school, even once you have been a stud.” 

Behind Weimer on the ladies’s facet was Anastasia Korzenowski in thirty third in a time of 21:43.00 whereas Emma Atkinson completed thirty sixth. Atkinson improved her Griak efficiency by 30 spots from 2021 and dropped almost a minute off of her time to help the Gophers end on Friday. Minnesota’s fourth and fifth finishers have been Brianne Brewster (sixty fourth) and Taylor Kreitinger (69th). 

The boys’s group was led by redshirt freshman Emmet Anderson who was fortieth total in a time of 25:04.30, which dropped over a minute off of his 2021 time the place he completed a hundredth total. Seth Eliason was forty sixth, the second-best finsih on the group, together with his time of 25:08.50 serving to him end within the high 50 on the Griak for the second time in his profession. Eli Hoeft posted his private greatest end on the Griak at 54th in a time of 25:14.90. 

Rounding out the Gophers scoring was Leo Goodman in 62nd in a time of 25:21.90 and in 78th was Windfall switch Matt Lepine in a time of 25:36.70 in his first Griak race.

“General I believed our guys ran very well,” assistant cross nation coach Brad Wick stated. “We’re getting back from some heavy coaching, however we had a variety of guys have their greatest days ever. Our high 4 guys all had their greatest performances as Gophers. I feel we’ll have the ability to add a few items as we go and get individuals totally wholesome. We additionally had a variety of redshirt freshman do very well, which is at all times enjoyable to see and their coaching goes very well.”

Minnesota had a variety of unattached student-athletes compete with Matthew Wilkinson ending the very best amongst them at 4th within the males’s race. Wilkinson, who solely has outside eligibility remaining on the ‘U’, posted the very best particular person males’s end on the Griak by a member of the Gophers’ program since 2018 (Alec Basten) in a time of 24:18.40. True freshman Griffin Ward completed 82nd total as an unattached runner in a time of 25:40.20 whereas Shane Greipentrog was 91st with a time of 25:47.20. On the ladies’s facet, the highest unattached runner was Zoie Dundon at 144th. 

Wisconsin was in a position to seize the lads’s title with Michigan State’s Aden Smith successful the person crown in a time of 24:13.40. Utah ran to the ladies’s title, edging out California Baptist for the win. Individually Utah’s Emily Venters gained the race in a time of 20:33.20, six seconds forward of the runner-up. 

The Maroon & Gold will break up up following the Griak Invitational with the lads’s contingency of Gophers heading to UW-Eau Claire for the Blugold Invitational whereas the ladies’s group will head to each the Blugold Invitational and the Missouri Preview in Columbia, Mo., which is the place the NCAA Midwest Regionals will happen in November. 

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