Gail Grieme runs into Moorhead State University HOF

A lot of people could have ten years at a college and still not do enough to earn a spot in the school Hall of Fame.
Four years is difficult enough.
Gail Grieme did it in two.
Grieme, a teacher in Monticello and the head girls cross country coach as well as assistant track and field coach for the Magic, was inducted into the Moorhead State University Hall of Fame at the end of September.
She earned the honor despite competing there for just two years, after beginning her career at Augustana.
Clearly, it was an impressive two years.
Grieme was named to the All-Northern Sun Conference team in her senior year. As a member of the Dragon’s 4×800 relay team she earned Division II All-American status her junior and senior year. That team finished second at the Division II National Championship meet in 1981 and won the meet in 1982, advancing to the Division I meet at Texas A&M, where they finished seventh.
Grieme’s name can still be found on leaderboards at MSU, where she holds top five times in the 800 meters and the 15000 meters indoors and the best indoor mark in school history in the 1000 meters.
For all of her work and accomplishments she was honored by being one of a handful of former athletes inducted into the Hall of Fame during the weekend of Sept. 27-29.
“I was surprised,” said Grieme, about the honor. “They’ve had a lot of really good runners over the years.”
“I’m very honored.”
The weekend involved a Friday night banquet, where Grieme said one of the highlights was getting to see and listen to some of the fellow inductees.
“It was exciting to hear about all of the great athletes that have gone through [MSU],” said Grieme.
Additional highlights from the weekend included getting to see a few former teammates, her former roommate, having her parents join her for the weekend, and getting to spend some time on campus.
“It was fun to see the campus and walk around the track,” said Grieme. “It brought back some great memories.”
It would be easy to think that someone who put so much time into being successful in two running sports through college and has now spent most of her adult life coaching two running sports would get sick of running and of tracks.
But with Grieme, it’s a never-ending love.
“I love it because I know how much time it takes to accomplish lofty goals,” said Grieme. “And you have to have teammates that are right there with you and working just as hard as you.”
With the help of those teammates, Grieme became one of the most accomplished runners in MSU history. All in two years.

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