The Roy Griak was the big meet of the week last week, but there were plenty of other elite meets and intriguing performances all around Minnesota last week. Plenty enough for us to find our 5 girls nominees for Minnesota female runner of the week.
Here we look at those five chosen runners to see what merited their inclusion in this week's poll for Minnesota female runner of the week.
Each week of the season you will have the chance to vote for a male and female runner of the week, based on the previous week's meet results.
So without further ado, here are this week's nominees for the Minnesota female cross country runner of the week for September 18-24.
Luna Scorzelli anchored the St. Paul Highland Park girls to a 5th place finish at the 2022 Roy Griak. Scorzelli herself finished 9th overall with a time of 18:30.20. This is the 2nd straight year that Highland Park has had a top-five team finish and Scorzelli is the 2nd straight Highland Park girl runner to finish in the top ten (Molly Moening).
Abbey Nechanicky crushed an elite field of runners to win her first Roy Griak individual title and helped anchor the Wayzata girls to a big win over the Cherry Creek girls of Colorado. Nechanicky ran a time of 17:37.90 which was 30 seconds better than the runner-up. She also ran the third fastest time in meet history.
Isabel Mahoney ran a time of 18:54.40 at the Buffalo Bison Invitational for a 2nd place finish, her first 5K under 19 minutes, and a new Monticello school record. Mahoney beat out the old record of 18:59 set in 2015 set by Madison McDermott.
Hannah Drietz led the Brainerd girls to a team win in the Maroon race at the 2022 Roy Griak. Drietz placed 3rd overall with a time of 19:47.70 that made her just one of five girls to run under 20 minutes in the maroon race. She led the team that put four runners in the top twenty overall to a huge meet title.
Abigail Tri won her first meet of the season at the Winona Jim Flim Invitational with a new PR of 18:56.80. Tri won the meet by 1 minute and 17 seconds. Tri is the top 8th grader in her class now over Evie Malec and ranks 6th overall for her class nationally. She is also just the 6th Rochester girl to break the 19:00 barrier for the 5K.
Poll closes on Friday at 7pm CST