Tim Meyer clocked in at 19:11.8 at the Roy Griak Invite Saturday. (Photo by Jennifer Bissell)
Tim Meyer clocked in at 19:11.8 at the Roy Griak Invite Saturday. (Photo by Jennifer Bissell)

It was the best of the best meeting on the course Saturday as the Decorah boys and girls cross country teams traveled across the border to compete at the Roy Griak Invite, held by the University of Minnesota.

The meet features high school and collegiate-level teams from across the Midwest and gives varsity runners a chance to run against some of the best.



Keeping close

The Decorah girls team, ranked No. 2 in Class 3A, stuck together Saturday in the tough field. Wayzata, Minn., was the champion in team standings with 58 points. Decorah posted 719 points to finish 28th overall out of 50 teams. They had an average time of 20:59 and the first five runners had just 20 seconds separating them. The team had a split of 1:06.

Junior Jordyn Colter of Cherry Creek was the overall champion in 17:47.2.

Kelly Minear led the way for Decorah. She finished 131st in 20:49.7, posting an average mile of 6:43. Stef Bjerke was right on her heels. She had a time of 20:52.7 to come in 135th. Her average mile was 6:44. In 143rd was Gara Lonning. The junior, who is ranked No. 25 this week, had an average time of 6:46 with a total time of 20:59.2. Ranked No. 20 in Class 3A, Linnea Kephart came in 150th in 21:01.6, with a 6:47 average. Fifth for the team was Amanda Taylor. The junior, who is ranked No. 23, clocked in at 21:10.0 for a 6:49 average, good for 160th.

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