NIACC men place second at Griak, Jacques wins individual title

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The No. 6 (NJCAA Division I) NIACC men's cross country team placed second at the University of Minnesota Roy Griak Invitational Division III race on steamy Saturday morning with 80 points.

NIACC freshman Brian Jacques was the individual champion in a time of 27 minutes, 7 seconds on the 8-kilometer Les Bolstad Golf Course. Wisconsin-Oshkosh's Lucas Weber was second in 27:49.

Jacques is the first NIACC runner to win an individual title at the Griak Invitational, which is one of the largest cross country races in the United States.

NIACC's Wal Khat was fifth in the Division II race in 2016 and the Trojans' Trent Smith was ninth in the Division II race in 2012.

Wisconson-Oskkosh was the Griak Division III team champion with 35 points. Hawkeye CC was third with 83 points and Concordia-Moorhead was fourth with 91 points.

Other counting scores for the Trojans were Blake Keller, who sixth in 28:26, David Carter was 24th in 29:24, Jacob Hansen was 26th in 29:33 and Canyon Kuhlmann was 29th in 29:55.

Also for the Trojans, Logan Dalbeck was 36th (30:30), Daniel Hennigar was 43rd (30:48), Tyler Crawford was 52nd (31:30) and Tyson Stromer was 56th (32:11).

The NIACC women placed 12th in the Division III race with 352 points. Freshman Julia Dunlavey led the Lady Trojans with a 73rd-place finish in 26:48 on the 6K course.

Also for the Lady Trojans, Amy Fullerton was 101st (27:49), Rebekah Larson was 136th (29:55), Allison Steahr was 144th (31:07), Maddison Shupe was 150th (31:59) and Anna Frisch was 156h (35:32).


Mason City runs at Roy Griak Invitational

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Mason City boys and girls cross country teams headed to the Roy Girak Invitational Saturday, which is one of the biggest cross country meets in the country.

Emma Davison led the Mason City girls, who took 41st in the team race in the gold division, with a 166th-place finish in 22 minutes, 12 seconds. Also for the Mohawks, Hannah Thomas finished 184th in 22:33.

For the boys, Michael Rowe was the Mohawks’ top finisher as he took 211th in 18:54, and Jack Phillips finished 247th in 19:16. Mason City finished 45th out of 46 teams.

“The Roy Griak is such a great experience and I was pleased with how many MCHS athletes were able to experience this today,” Mason City coach Tyler Ketelsen said. “The majority of our runners, boys and girls, had never run here before.”

Clear Lake takes 4th at Roy Griak

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Clear Lake put forth a strong showing Saturday in the maroon division at the Roy Griak Invitational at the University of Minnesota.

The boys race was cut down to a two-mile race due to the heat and humidity.

“I thought they adjusted to the two-mile race very well,” Clear Lake coach Nick DiMarco said. “I thought they ran a great race with almost 500 people running.”

Sam Pedelty led the Lions with a seventh-place finish in 10:31, Eric Faught was 41st in 11:06, Justin Wright was 87th in 11:22, Ike Branstad placed 98th in 11:30 and Dylan Shuchard place 109th in 11:34.


Lake Mills sweeps way to Garrigan tourney title

ALGONA — Lake Mills cruised its way to six victories and a 6-0 record Saturday in a tournament at Bishop Garrigan.

The Bulldogs won all six matches 2-0. They finished the day with wins over West Hancock, North Iowa, Eagle Grove, Garner-Hayfield-Ventura, Clarion-Goldfield-Dows and Garrigan.

GHV finished its day with a 3-3 record, which included wins in straight sets over West Hancock and Eagle Grove, and a 2-1 win over North Iowa.

Jacki Van Oort led the Cardinals with 30 kills over the six matches while Bretta Carolous added 16. Baile Frayne handed out 52 assists.