Sept. 29, 2009
Men’s Cross Country Runner of the Week:
Hassan Mead, Minnesota
Jr. - Minneapolis, Minn. - South
Golden Gopher All-American Hassan Mead set Minnesota history on Saturday, becoming the first Minnesota men’s cross country runner to capture medalist honors at the Roy Griak Invitational. Mead, running his first meet of the 2009 season, covered the 8-kilometer course in a time of 24 minutes, 37.5 seconds. The defending Big Ten champion won the event by over 12 seconds, besting runner-up Iowa State’s Guor Majak for the Griak crown.
Last Minnesota Men’s Runner of the Week: Hassan Mead (Oct. 21, 2009)
Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Week:
Megan Duwell, Minnesota
Sr. - West Bend, Wis. - West Bend West
Senior All-American Megan Duwell wrote her name in the Griak Invitational record books, winning the Jack Johnson Women’s Gold Race title in a time of 21 minutes, 0.37 seconds on Saturday. Duwell is the second Minnesota women’s runner to take Griak gold, joining Rasa (nee Michnoivaite) Troup, who won the title in 1998. Duwell broke free from the pack before the race’s 2-kilometer mark and went on to win by over 12 seconds over runner-up Lisa Koll of Iowa State. Duwell’s time is the fourth-best time in Minnesota history by a Gopher on their home 6-kilometer course at the Les Bolstad Golf Course.
Last Minnesota Women’s Runner of the Week: Megan Duwell (Sept. 15, 2009)