Emma Bates placed 14th among 383 runners in the huge, multi-state Roy Griak Invitational's top division on Saturday. The Ellk girls placed 22nd in the Gold and the boys were 16th in the Maroon.
by Bruce Strand, Sports editor
Elk all-state runner Emma Bates was among the leaders against top competition from Minnesota and many other state as the cross country teams made their annual trip to the biggest meet in the state, the Roy Griak Invitational, on Saturday at the University of Minnesota.
Bates. a freshman, took 14th among 383 runners in the Gold (top) Division with 19:39 for 5,000 meters. She was the seventh Minnesotan into the chute. An Iowa runner, Katie Flood, won in 17:56.
The Elk girls placed 22nd among 41 teams in the Gold, with Elizabeth Dargay the team's No.2 runner in 88th place.
The Elk boys took 16th among 47 teams in the Maroon division. They had three Stevens brothers their top five, led by Tyler in 36th place.
"We had a tough week of practice and the kids were a little tired but I thnk they still ran pretty well," said coach Mike Niziolek. He noted that the team's rhthym got interrupted by the rainout of their home meet a week ago Thursday and the hasty addtiion of the Mora mega-meet Satruday to the schedule. That meant an unusual task of preparing for two huge meets on successive Saturdays.
Next for the Elks will be the Sartell Invitational on Thursday.
Elk runners at Griak
Girls (Gold) — (14) Emma Bates 19:39 (88) Elizabeth Dargay 21:05 (129) Renee Crepeau 21:28 (154) Victoria Janasz 21:44 (184) Jane Kallemeyn 22:03
Boys (Maroon) — (36) Tyler Stevens 18:09 (85) Jacob Stevens 18:43 (101) Eric Nietfeld 18:55 (117) Eric Volk 19:08 (139) Eric Stevens 19:19