As a senior in 2000, Friis helped lead the Sea
Warriors to an eighth-place finish in the Regional championship,
a school best. In 1998, Friis represented HPU in the NCAA II
National Cross Country Championships. He is the first runner
in school history with this distinction. Friis also won first
place in the NCAA II Regional Championship by topping a field
of 100 runners in a 10K race. The successful season resulted
in Cross Country Athlete of the Year and Academic All-American
honors for Friis.
Prior to joining HPU, Friis finished fourth in the 1996 Berlin
Marathon with a time of 2:22:08.
Friis got his start in running as a child participating in
fun runs with his father and father’s friends. He has continued
running for 18 years and competes in various triathlons, marathons,
and track races. While he has coached marathon groups and individuals,
this is Friis’ first college coaching experience.
Through four races this season, the men’s team captured
second place twice. Matt Stevens won first place individually
in three of the four events. With less than two months remaining
in the season, Friis expects the team to keep progressing.
I’m hoping that at the end of the season we will be winning
races,” said Friis.
In addition to coaching, Friis produces and sells advertisements
for Athletes HI, a magazine with race information and applications
for runners in Hawai‘i. He also teaches a night class
in advertising sales at HPU this fall.