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Heartland Week
Sep 25, 2004
Preview - Top 10 Scoreboard - Meets - Roy Griak - Missouri - Nebraska - North Dakota - Minnesota - Kansas - KS Topeka Seaman -
KC Metro -

by Tony Bozarth, Heartland regional editor

Mega Meet Week in the Heartland!
Liberty MO boys win Griak; West Plains sweeps Hancock Inv; fr Laura Roxberg wins third installment of crosstown Blue Valley KS rivalry with sr Jana Gwinn

Top 10 Scoreboard


1. Marshall MN--Second at Roy Griak Gold Division with 142 points.
2. Liberty MO--Won the Gold Division at Roy Griak with 100 points
3. West Plains MO--Won the Hancock Invitational in St. Louis convincingly with 45 points.
4. Hopkins MN--fifth at the Roy Griak Gold Division with 239 points
5. Shawnee Mission Northwest KS--fourth at Roy Griak Gold with 214 points
6. Stevens Rapid City SD--competed Friday at the Rapid City Invite, no results received yet
7. University St. Louis MO--Third at Hancock with 110 points
8. Eden Prarie MN--Second to Edina at Apple Valley Invite with 59 points, Edina 58
9. Fremont NE--competed in class races at Omaha Bryan, with two class wins.
10. Kearney NE--no results received, may have rested after KU last week


1. West Plains MO--won the Hancock meet, but no team scores reported.
2. Iowa City West IA--no results reported, may have rested after KU last week
3. Yankton SD--no results reported
4. Marquette MO--reportedly at Hancock, but no team scores reported yet.
5. Minnetonka MN--Fourth at Griak Gold with 214 points
6. Lee's Summit North MO--Second at Hancock to West Plains, no team scores
7. Eureka MO--competed at Hancock, no team scores reported yet
8. Staples-Motley MN--11th at Griak Gold with 303 points
9. Lakeville MN--Won the Griak Gold with 166 points
10. Sioux Falls Roosevelt SD--second at Griak gold with 170 points.


Roy Griak

Kiel Uhl (Roosevelt Des Moines IA) made a strong move with 1000 to go in the Roy Griak Gold division, and pulled away from runner-up Mike Krisch (Hopkins) to win in 15;33 to Krisch's 15;43. Liberty MO showed great team power, packing all five scorers in the top 40 to win convincingly with 100 points. Second went to Marshall with 142, and Lakeville was third with 203. Shawnee Mission Northwest KS (214), Hopkins (239), Roosevelt Des Moines IA (258), Jordan UT 261, Stillwater 269, Shorewood WI 334, and Rosemount 335
rounded out the team top ten.

In the gold division girls race., Krista Eckert (Roosevelt Sioux Falls SD) defended her title, moving in the last half-mile to edge Elizabeth Yetzer of Lakeville 18:26 to 18:27. The team title between the leader's squads was just as close, with Lakeville scoring 166 to win from Roosvelt's 170. Hopkins was a close third with 179, followed by Minnetonka (214), Centerville OH 214, Colerain Cinncinnati OH 224, Liberty MO 272, Iowa City IA 285, University City San Diego CA 295, and Wayzata 298 in the top ten.

Roy Griak photos and results.

Hancock Inv

Merideth Snow of Eureka took off before the two mile mark and won the 4A Girls race in 18:44. Second went to Jennifer Harper of West Plains (19:04) and third to Ft. Zumwalt South's Jennifer Wilkinson (19:18).

Tim Cornell of Hickman Columbia won the the boys 4A race with a time of 16:03 over Garett Jeffries of Marquette St. Louis (16;09). Cornell is the defending 4A state champion, Jeffries won the state 3200 title last spring.

West Plains won the 4A girls title, with Lee's Summit North second and Jefferson City third . (No team scores reported).

West Plains won the 4A boys race with 45 points. St. Joseph Central was second with 108, University St. Louis third with 110, Emporia KS fourth with 112, and Jefferson City fifth with 159.


Springfield Invitational @ Lake Springfield  9/25/04

Rock Bridge of Columbia won the boys team title with 39 points, followed by Parkway West St. Louis (77) and Helias Jefferson City (101) in the sixteen team race.  Jimmy Keown (Rock Bridge) scored a convicing win in 17:21, with Cameron Ayers (Pattonville St. Louis 17:47) and Phillip King (Rock Bridge 17:53).
     Helias (47) won the girls title with Pattonville (63) second and Parkview Springfield (98) third.  Courtney Ayers (Pattonville) won with at time of 21:17, with Kierra Handley (no school listed ) second at 21:41 and Morgan Schlotz (Helias) third at 21:42


Omaha Bryan Invitational, (Run by classes)

     Luka Thor (Lincoln Northeast) won the senior boys race with the fastest 5k of the day (15;33) with Barnabas Dyedi (Omaha Bryan-South) second at 15;45 and Scott Reed (Omaha North) third at 15:49.  Freshmahn Jordyn Giddings (Ralston) won her race in 19:24 for the fastest girls time of the day, with Bradis Hurt (Lincoln High) winning the sopomore race in 19:59.  Other individual titles of the meet went to Jon Ronhovde (Fremont freshman 17:31), Justin Grassmeyer (Fremont sophomore 17:35) and Bidon Riek (Omaha Bryan-South junior 16:47).   Girls upperclassmen titles witn to Martina Kos (Omaha Bryan-South junior 20:21) and Casey Bigsby (Omaha Central senior 21:36.

North Dakota

Jory Zunich of Williston won the Missoula Mountain West Classic in a time of 15:09.  Zunich led from the gun but was passed with 600 meters to go.  With about 300 to go he kicked his way to the win.


Apple Valley Eagle Invitational

Edina won the boys title at the Eagle Invitational, edging  Eden Prarie by a single point 58-59.  Burnsville was third at 104 with Ames IA fourth at 122 in the 23 team field.  Rob Finnerty, a freshman from Burnsville, won the race in 16:15 over 5k, with Edina's TC Lumbar second at 16;28.  Nick Bock (Burnsville) was third at 16:32, and Mike Finnerty (Burnsville) fourth at 16:37.
     Eden Prarie turned the single digit to their advantage in the girls race , winning 70 to runner-up Roseville's 71.  Edina was third with 98 points. Callie Malone (Eden Prarie) ran the 4k in 15:19, with Kayla Jelen (Lincoln Sioux Falls SD) second at 15:28.  Third and fourth went to Roseville's Toni Salvorte (15:31) and Katie Dyson (15:33).
Milaca Mega Meet
    Jimmy Lanik (Park Cottage Grove) won the class 3A race with a time of 16;56, and Mahtomedi's Henry Reich the 2A division in a time of 16:32.  Moorhead won the 3A boys team title with 66 points, with Andover second at 112 and Faribault third at 135.  Phil Richert (Andover) was second at 17:03 and Sam Schmidt (Faribault) third at 17;11
  .  Northfield (defending 2A champion) won 2A with 97 points, edging Benilde-St. Margaret's at 101.  Sibley was third with 153.  Following Reich were Ryan Brownell (Hibbing at 16;36 and Cullen O'Neill (Northfield) at 16:38.
    The Class A race was won by Cathedral St. Cloud with 118, followed by Fairmount (130) and Pierz (135).  Daniel Murray (Blue Earth) ran 16:28 to win, with Tyler Bjorhus (Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton) second at 16;43.
    In the Girls races, Stillwater scored 76 to win the 3A title from Dover-Eyota/St. Charles (103) and Owatonna (135).  Danielle Berndt (Kennedy Bloomington) ran 14:54 to shade Minot ND's Melanie Funke (14:59) for the win, with Carolyn Baird (Stillwater) third at 15:00.
    Dickinson ND scored a big win in 2A, scoring 24 points to win from Silbley (95) and Benilde-St. Margaret's (109).  Hanna Grinaker (Detroit Lakes) ran 14:27 to win by almost a minute.
   Kingsland (123) won the class A title, with Nicole Calabrese (Kingsland) winning a tight race in 14:53 from Claire Richardson (Blake 14:53) and Katharine Chute (Blake) 14:54.


Arkansas City Invitational 9/25/04

   Kapaun Mt. Carmel Wichita won the girls title with 57 points over Wichita East (78) and Garden City (80) despite resting some top runners.  Elizabeth Marsh (Wichita East) won the individual title over two miles in 12:13 over Elly Thompson (Winfield 12:28).  Wichita East edged Ark City 77-78 for the boys title with Kapuan (reportedly resting runners) third at 82.

Brock Phillips (16:15) and Josh Weidner (16;33) went 1-2 for Wichita East. 

Topeka Seaman Invitational

Topeka Seaman Invitational @ Shawnee North Athletic Complex, 9/25/04
Free State's Valencia, Schneider cruise to wins. Olathe East girls and Free State boys dominate team races.
One of the state's highest quality invites lived up to it's reputation on a glorious Saturday morning at the Topeka Seaman Invite. Alysha Valencia and Danny Schneider of Free State Lawrence used similar tactics to win the individual titles: Take an early lead and put the race away on the wooded trails of the meet's final mile. Valencia dashed off the starting line and had fifty yards on the field by the first 800, cruising to an 11:56 win. Valencia was followed across the line by Leavenworth's Heather Klotz (12:14) and Lawrence's Molly Renfro (12:17) in third and fourth. Amanda Miller placed fourth at 12:24 and led an Olathe East parade across the line as Ashli Kelso (13:02), Mandy Puhak (13:02) and Claire Markway (13:03) led East to a 4-5-6-7-11 pack and won the team title with 33 points. Free State was second with 67 points, and Lawrence third with 71.
Schnieder was a bit more patient than team mate Valencia, but no less convincing a winner, pulling away to a 16:33 5k win. Second went to Seaman Topeka's Robert Riley in 16:50, with Free State's Aaron Trent (17;00), Spencer Martin (17;10) and Alex Rock (17;10) running 3-4-5 to secure the Firebirds team win. Free State won the title with 26 points, followed by Seaman Topeka (69) and Olathe East (84) in the top three.

Kansas City Metro

Laura Roxberg (BVNW KS) and Jana Gwinn (BVN KS) continue rivalry, Josh Erhard (LSW) and Lee's Summit win boys titles at KC Metro Meet.

Laura Roxberg (Blue Valley Northwest KS) and Jana Gwinn (Blue Valley North KS) may be two of best cross-town rivals you can find in the United States. Gwinn, a senior, is the defending Kansas 6A state champion and a Harrier pre-season All-American. Roxberg is a freshman and won the AAU 1500 Junior Olympic title last summer and ran a 2:11 800. At their first meet of the season, the Blue Valley challenge, Roxberg won. At last week's Rimrock Farm meet, Gwinn won. Saturday at the KC Metro Championships,at Raymore-Reculiar MO HS it was Roxberg's turn by a narrow margin. Roxberg ran 18:34 for 5k, with Gwinn second at 18:39. Kristen Wolkey (SM North KS) was third at 18:55, with Elizabeth Kearney (St. Teresa Kansas City MO) fourth at 19:00 and Anna Florzak (Notre Dame de Sion, Kansas City MO) fourth at 19:12. Lee's Summit MO won the girls team title with 97 points, edging St. Teresa's 105, with Blue Springs MO third on the pusher, also at 105. SM South KS (156) and St. Thomas Aquinas KS (167) were third and fourth.
Lee's Summit also won the boy's title according the KC Star newspaper, but team scores were not reported due to problems in the chute. Josh Erhard (Lee's Summit West MO) won the boys title with a 15:49 time. Michael Pierce (Oak Park Kansas City MO) was second at 15:57, followed by Jacob Pierce (Lee's Summit North MO 16:00), Cam Cundiff (Lee's Summit West MO 16:02) and Aaron Geary (Blue Valley North KS 16;05) in the top five.

Kansas City Metro Championship Girls team scores

Lee's Summit MO 97, St. Teresa's Kansas City MO 105, Blue Springs MO 105, Shawnee Mission South KS 156, St. Thomas Aquinas Overland Park KS 167, Lee's Summit West KS 187, Notre Dame de Sion Kansas City MO 248, Blue Valley North KS 255, Lee's Summit North MO 263, Park Hill South Kansas City MO 271, Bishop Miege Shawnee Mission KS 305, Shawnee Mission Northwest KS 321, Shawnee Mission East KS 368, Shawnee Mission North KS 369, Blue Valley West KS 380, SM West KS 381, North Kansas City MO 389, Raymore-Peculiar MO 444, Truman Independence MO 459, Park Hill Kansas City MO 467, Platte County MO 557, Excelsior Springs MO 565, Smithville MO 614

KC Metro results



The Heartland will see a number of huge meets this weekend, following last week's big events at Rimrock Farm and Missouri Southern:


In the Kansas City area, the Metro Cross Country Championships will draw over 60 schools from the Kansas and Missouri
sides to a new course at Raymore-Peculiar High School. Lee's Summit
North's girls rank as an early favorite.

In the St. Louis area, over 80 schools, including West Plains and Emporia KS will gather at Jefferson Barrack Parks to compete in the 42nd Hancock Invitational


Of course, the immense Roy Griak meet at the University of Minnesota is a big story here. Seventy-five teams from eleven states are entered, and the races have now been split into two divisions.

The aptly named Milaca Mega Meet will feature 106 schools, 3000 runners and 17 races the same day, and the Apple Valley Invitational will feature a 33 team field with a number of strong programs from Minnesota and the Dakotas.


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