From left to right: Norah Hushagen, Mia Hoffmann, and Lilah Bartels
It was a light week in Minnesota last week with fewer meets than usual, but a big one in that the annual Roy Griak Invitational brought together the best of the Midwest and Minnesota together on the big stage. Last week we had breakthrough performances, history was made, and records were broken.
Here we look at the Minnesota Girl's Runner of the Week Nominees for Week 4 of the cross country season.
Polling starts on Monday at 7 am and ends on Saturday at 7 pm.
Girls Runner of the Week Nominees
Mia Hoffmann (Bemidji)
Hoffmann was the only Minnesota individual to come away with a Roy Griak title this year after she won the Maroon race with a time of 19:21.60 to easily win by 19 seconds. Hoffmann improved from 14th last year in the same race and is the first MN girl to win the Maroon title since Josie Mosby in 2018.
Jazleen Malherek-Osorio (Wayzata)
Jazleen led the Wayzata girls to back-to-back Roy Griak Championship titles with a time of 19:03.5 to finish in 11th place, being Wayzata's top finisher. Malherek was the second underclassman finisher behind Evie Malec (6th) and was the 6th Minnesota girl to finish. Not bad for a girl's first race at Roy Griak.
Norah Hushagen (Forest Lake)
Hushagen was the top Minnesota finisher at Roy Griak this year as the talented junior finished 3rd overall with a time of 18:10.10. Hushagen has gone all the way from 124th in 2019 all the way to 3rd this season. Might next year be the year for another step up for the win?
Kylie Nelson (Centennial)
Nelson led the way for the Centennial girls in the girl's Gold race at Roy Griak with a 2nd place finish with a time of 19:42.7. Nelson not only finished 2nd but led the way for the Centennial girls to win the girl's Gold team title with a dominant 63 points, putting all five scorers in the top 25.
Lilah Bartels (Eagan)
Bartels was the girl's champion at the Tom Watson Mustang Invitational where she ran a time of 18:33 to win by 30 seconds. This was a 9-second lifetime PR for Bartels, besting her previous PR of 18:39.17 from the Ev Berg last season. Bartels also led the Eagan girls to a Mustang Invitational team victory in the girl's varsity race.