Cross country: Elk boys are runners-up among 49 in Griak maroon race

Breck Hickman (red shirt) of the Elks ran in a pack at Bolstad Golf Course. (Photo by Michelle Haugen)


by Bruce Strand, Sports editor

The Elk River boys placed second among 49 teams in the Maroon Division of the Roy Griak Invitational on Saturday, earning the Elks’ first trophy in nine years.

In the meet hosted by the University of Minnesota, Monticello won with 207 followed by the Elks with 234 and Franklin (an out-of-state team) with 238 in the Maroon race. The Elks were led by freshman Lucas Trapp in seventh place.

Lucas Trapp of the Elks placed seventh in the 49-team competition. (Photo by Michelle Haugen)

“The boys ran extremely well and it was really good to see them get a trophy,” said coach Mike Niziolek. Asked when the program’s last trophy was, he said it must have been the last state-qualifying team which would be 2003.

Maroon is the second-tier competition at the Griak. The Gold division is for stronger teams.

This event is billed as the nation’s largest cross country meet. There are D-I, D-II and D-III college races alogn with two divisions of high school races.

Lucas Trapp placed seventh with 17:20 at Les Bolstad Golf Course in Falcon Heights, and Ryan Trapp, a senior, was 25th in 17:51.

The Elks also had sophomore Breck Hickman 41st (18:06), senior Nate Webster 66th (18:25), sophomore Sam Gearou 95th (18:47).

Obsa Ali of Richfield won the Maroon race with 16:17.

Among the teams the Elks beat were Rogers (24th) and NWSC rivals Blaine (17th),  Anoka (30th), Champlin Park (41st).

In the Gold Division, Coon Rapids of the NWSC placed 33rd and Andover 38th.

The Elks will run at Sartell on Tuesday.

Nate Webster of the Elks and other churned past the U of M flags on the course. (Photo by Michelle Haugen)