Roy Griak Ivitational Awaits Hawkeyes

The University of Iowa men’s cross country team travels to Minneapolis, MN, this weekend to compete in the Roy Griak Inivitational. The 8,000-meter race will begin at noon Saturday at the Les Bolstad Cross Course.

The Roy Griak Invitational will be Iowa’s first opportunity to earn recognition for an at-large postseason bid. The top two finishers from each NCAA Regional Championships earn automatic bids to the NCAA Championships. The final Championship competitors are selected on an at-large basis.

The United States Cross Country Coaches Association sponsored by MONDO ranks the Hawkeyes 26th nationally and 1st in the Midwest Region.

Seniors Eric McDermott and Stephen Traphagen have been named co-captains for the 2003 season. McDermott is a letterwinner from DeWitt, IA. Traphagen is a letterwinner from Buffalo Grove, IL.

Larry Wieczorek is in his 17th season as Iowa men’s head cross country coach. In the past five years, Iowa has placed no lower than sixth at the NCAA Regional, including a first place finish at the 2002 NCAA Regional, the highest finish in school history. Wieczorek was a two-time Big Ten champion and a member of Iowa’s last Big Ten track championship team in 1967. Wieczorek owns Iowa records in the outdoor 5,000-meters and the indoor two mile.