Boone runners Chandler Austin and Albert Meier gave a tremendous effort at the Roy Griak Invitational in Minneapolis Saturday September 28 on the University of Minnesota’s cross country course. It rained the entire race.
This was the deepest, most talented field of high school runners to ever run this race. Austin was 4th and Meier was 7th out of 494 runners. Imagine a start of a XC race with that number of runners. Chandler had such a beautifully solid race and Albert’s courageous race where he turned his ankle a mile and half into the race when he stepped on some loose buckeyes laying on the course and still finished 7th.
Obsa Ali of Richfield, MN won the race in a new record of 15:30. He is ranked 9th nationally and 1st in Minnesota’s largest class.
Second place went to Olin Hacker of Madison West, WI. He is currently ranked #1 in Wisconsin’s big class.
In third was Addison Dehaven of Brookings, SD. He is currently ranked #1 in South Dakota and 19th nationally.
CHANDLER AUSTIN finished 4th in 15:40. His time is second fastest Iowa boy time at this meet, behind Kyle Uhl
of D.M. Roosevelt ten years ago. Chandler also outkicked the 5th place finisher, Conner Olson from Wayzata, MN.
Olson finished 5th last year at the Nike Cross Country Nationals. He is currently ranked 2nd in Minnesota’s big class and is ranked 15th nationally.
ALBERT MEIER was out kicked by 6th place finisher Keeghan Hurley of Perham, MN Hurley is currently ranked #1 in Minnesota’s small class. Meier’s time of 15:52 makes him the fourth fastest Iowa finisher all time at this prestigious meet.
Austin’s time of 15:40 is also three seconds better than last year’s champion, Jake Leingang of Bismarck, ND.
Leingang went on to finish third in the Footlocker National Championships and currently runs for the University of Oregon.
Thanks to Ben Tilus, Boone volunteer assistant coach for the stats. and background information.