Griak Invitational tests local runners

Rosemount boys finish 21st at U of M

Putting his runners in the Roy Griak Invitational isn’t really an option for Rosemount High School coach Chris Harder.

“Roy Griak was my coach,” said Harder, who ran on Griak’s cross country teams at the University of Minnesota. “If my teams don’t run that meet, I’m in trouble at all the alumni functions.”

Of course, Harder had a better reason for sending his teams to the Sept. 29 meet at Bolstad University Golf Course. It’s the most competitive meet the Irish will run in all season – including the Minnesota state meet, should they qualify.

“In my opinion, it’s a great experience for a high school runner to be in that environment,” Harder said. “It’s a challenging course and by far the toughest competition we’ll see all year.”

Rosemount’s boys were 21st in the Gold Division, the strongest high school boys division at the Griak Invitational. Dowling Catholic of Iowa won the division, and six Minnesota teams finished in the top 20.

“Top 15 was our goal,” Harder said. “If we had the splits (between runners) that we’ve had at our other meets, we might have gotten there. But we had some good efforts.”

Rosemount senior Trevor Capra finished the 5,000-meter course in 16 minutes, 45 seconds. He was 28th overall and 15th among runners in the team competition.

“He had a solid race,” Harder said. “He was actually slower than last year time-wise, but it was hot, about 80 degrees.”

The Irish’s next runner, sophomore Sam Ivanecky, finished 1:02 behind Capra. The rest of Rosemount’s top seven – senior Tommy Linder, sophomore Alex Desbele, sophomore Ryan Brumm, senior Austin Rudoll and junior Luke Anderson – all finished within 15 seconds of Ivanecky.

Rosemount finished 35th of 44 teams in the girls Gold Division race.

“Our girls were probably in over their heads a little bit, especially with Hannah Grim not competing,” Harder said. “Under the circumstances, I think we did about as well as we could.”

In the only 5,000-meter race the Irish will run all year, sophomore Liz Evenocheck finished in 21:30 and senior Taylor Rambo ran 21:49. Senior Taybri Irving, sophomore Natalie Narloch, sophomore Rachel Schow, seventh-grader Sydney Regalado and senior Lizzie Thooft also ran for the Irish.

Rosemount’s teams competed in the Ev Berg Invitational on Thursday in Owatonna in their final meet before the South Suburban Conference championships Oct. 12 at Eagan High School.

Eastview

Ninth-grader Margie Freed helped Eastview to 19th place in the girls Gold Division race at the Griak Invitational. Freed finished in 19:55, 30th overall and 27th among runners in the team competition.

Senior Brooke Haesmeyer was 87th among runners in the team competition in 20:58. Ninth-grader Laura Bestul (113th), sophomore Lauren Herland (129th), junior Kailey Hedberg (210th), junior Jenna Brandel (218th) and junior Ellie Cardnal (230th) also competed for the Lightning.

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