ROY GRIAKGame 128 | December 8, 1964 | Roy Griak, Norris Peterson
A native of Duluth, Griak left a very successful track and fleld program at St. Louis Park High School in 1963 to succeed Jim Kelly at the University of Minnesota. He held that position for 33 years, ultimately coaching 47 cross-country and track and field All-Americans. Peterson was the captain of Griak's 1964 cross-country team and was the Big Ten indoor and outdoor champion in the two-mile run.
Game 282 | October 24, 1980 | Donna DeVarona, Roy Griak
Only 13 at the time, De Varona was the youngest swimmer to compete at the 1960 Summer Olympics. Four years later she won gold medals in the 400-meter individual medley and as a member of the 400-meter freestyle relay. She became the first national female sportscaster in history when she signed with ABC in 1965, and she served as the first president of the Women's Sports Foundation from 1976-1984. Griak coached Gopher cross-country and track and f1eld from 1963 -1996. When he retired, the Minnesota Invitational, the nation's largest annual cross country meet, was renamed the Griak Invitational.
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