Griak Invitational cross-country meet to feature 4,000 runners

  • Updated: September 29, 2007 - 12:02 AM

More than 350 teams and 4,000 runners are expected to compete today in the 22nd annual Roy Griak Invitational, one of the nation's largest cross-country meets.

The meet, which has 10 races involving college or high school teams, will start at 9 a.m. at the University of Minnesota Les Bolstad Golf Course in Falcon Heights. The Division I men's and women's races will be at 12:10 and 12:55 p.m., respectively.

The Gophers men's team, rated No. 18 in the nation, finished second in this meet last year.

The 25-team women's field will include No. 8 Minnesota and defending champion California-Santa Barbara.

FSN reporter let go

FSN North studio host and reporter Ron Johnson was fired by the network on Thursday.

The Chaska native had worked at FSN North since July 2005, serving mainly as a reporter on Twins and Wild games in recent months; his contract does not expire until the end of December.

Johnson said he would like to continue working in the Twin Cities and would begin considering his options.

Telly Hughes, who has been at the CW affiliate in St. Louis since 2005, is expected to replace Johnson in mid-October.

JUDD ZULGAD

St. Thomas to induct 12

St. Thomas will induct 12 former student-athletes and one ex-staff member into its Athletic Hall of Fame this morning

Those being inducted are: Steve Aronson, Ben Bautch, Mark Buri, Molly Hayden, Jenny Hintz, Sarah Hintz Bolcer, Greg Kaiser, Jake Mauer, Fred (Lefty) Miller, Missy Pederson, Roger Rich, Dick Trafas and Joe Warren.

U wins in soccer

The Gophers women's soccer team defeated Michigan 2-1 Friday night.

Minnesota rebounded from an early 1-0 and claimed its first Big Ten victory of the season.

Friday night's announced attendance of 1,516 was the third-largest crowd in Minnesota soccer history. Minnesota last drew more than 1,400 fans in 1999 against Arizona State.

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