LAST WEEKEND was the first time Roy Griak didn't see the gun go off at his namesake meet. The 30th annual Roy Griak Invitational, one of the largest college and high school cross-country events in the nation, is hosted each year by his alma mater, Minnesota. Griak, who died in July at age 91, became the men's track and field and cross-country coach there in 1963 and held the post for 33 years—producing three Big Ten titles and three national champions. At this year's meet, Boise State took the D-I women's title while Michigan State won the men's, and Griak was one-eighth of the inaugural class in the meet's own hall of fame. Said former Gopher and Olympian Garry Bjorklund, "Roy Griak is an ordinary man who did extraordinary things."
This is an article from the Oct. 5, 2015 issue