Roy Griak Remembered

From Minnesota Alumni Magazine Fall 2015

By Cynthia Scott

Roy Griak (B.S. ’50, M.Ed. ’51 ), whose name is synonymous with Gopher track and field, died on July 9 at age 91. Griak was head coach of men’s cross country and track and field from 1963 to 1996 and an administrator for nearly two decades. “I don’t think I’ve ever met someone who was as dedicated or genuine as he was,” says Steve Plasencia (B.S.B. ’79), director of men’s track and field and cross country, who became an All-American under Griak. When Griak stepped down from head coaching, the U honored him by renaming its annual cross country meet in his honor. One of the largest and most competitive meets in the nation, the Roy Griak Invitational will celebrate its 30th year on September 26.


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