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Hanna Grinaker
Hanna Grinaker

RS Senior

Detroit Lakes, Minn.

High School:
Detroit Lakes



Grinaker's Track and Field Bio


  • 2008 Academic All-Big Ten in track
  • 2008 Academic All-Big Ten in cross country
  • Big Ten Cross Country co-Athlete of the Week, Sept. 20, 2006
  • 2006 Big Ten Freshman of the Year in cross country
  • 2006 and 2007 cross country All-American
  • 2006, 2007 and 2008 cross country All-Region
  • Two-time first-team All-Big Ten (2006 and 2007) and second-team All-Big Ten in 2008

2010: Did not compete

2009: Redshirt season ... Ran unattached in one event, finishing 83rd overall with a time of 18:47 at the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational

2008: Finished in first or second for UW in all seven meets ... won season-opening Northern Illinois Huskie Open with a time of 18:36 ... placed first for UW and 3rd overall at the Iowa State Open (21:43) ... finished 11th at Big Ten championship to earn second-team all-league honors after running a 21:14 ... clocked a time of 21:29 to earn all-region honors with ninth-place finish at NCAA Great Lakes Regional ... earned 44th-place finish in 20:44.8 at NCAA championship

2007: Earned All-America honors for the second year running with her 25th-place finish at the NCAA Championship in 20:51 ... earned All-Region honors by placing fourth at the Great Lakes Regional finishing in 20:51.96 ... placed third in a personal-best 20:11.81 at the Big Ten Championships earning All-Big Ten honors for the second consecutive year ... came in 16th at the Pre-NCAA Invitational in 20:44.6 ... placed eighth at the Paul Short Invite in 20:50 ... finished in second at the Pioneer invite in 18:01.8

2006: Earned All-America honors with her 13th-place finish at the NCAA¿championship in 21:07 ... earned all-region honors, finishing fourth at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional in 21:01 ... named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year after finishing third at the conference meet in 20:39 ... placed fifth at the Pre-NCAA Invitational in 20:18 ... finished fifth at the Paul Short Invitational in 20:47 ... won the Eastern Illinois Invitational in 17:29 ... was the UW's top finisher in all six events

Placed seventh in the 2005 Foot Locker Cross Country Championships ... finished third in the 2005 Foot Locker Midwest Regional ... 2004 and 2005 Class AA State cross country runner-up ... also finished 24th at state as a sophomore ... three-time all-state ... three-time sectional champion in cross country ... five-time sectional champion in track ... placed third in 3,200 meters at state as a senior and as a sophomore ... as a junior, was the runner-up at 3,200 meters and finished third in the 1,600 meters ... placed fifth in the 1,600 meters at state as a sophomore

Major is kinesiology ... parents are Dave and Barb Balfour, and the late Dave Grinaker ... has one brother, Jake (26) and two sisters, Brittany (26) and Katrin (23) ... father played football and ran track at Concordia (Minn.) College ... grandfather, Finn Grinaker, coached football, golf and wrestling at Concordia ... aunt is former UW Big Ten champion and assistant track coach Mary Grinaker ... is involved in Athletes in Action

Why Wisconsin? Why not choose the University of Wisconsin? I absolutely love my teammates, my coach and the environment surrounding the university. I honestly could not have dreamed of a better place for me to run and learn.

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