Alexandria twins finish on top at state
Bethany Hasz became the first state champion in Alexandria girls’ cross country history Saturday morning when she crossed the St. Olaf finish line in 13 minutes and 53 seconds.
Twin sister Megan Hasz finished right behind her, becoming the second girl in Alexandria cross country history to finish in second place at the state meet with a time of 14:14.
After the race, Bethany said she did not really know she was going to win the race until she was about to cross the finish line.
"Pretty much the last 100 (meters) I didn't know where anyone else was," she said.
Although Megan had aspirations of her own to finish on top among the state’s best runners, she was still excited for her sister.
“I am so happy for her,” she said. “It would have been nice to win but I’m always proud of her when she beats me. And I still had second and I still had a good race.”
Megan and Bethany were neck-and-neck for a majority of the race as both crossed the first mile of the race at 5:22. But Bethany pulled away at the end, crossing the finish line 21 seconds ahead of her sister.
Outstate Minnesota dominated the top three spots in a Class AA race filled with metro area cross country teams. Bemidji’s Jenna Truedson crossed the finish line in third place with a time of 14:19.
Head coach Mark Nelsen said he had a feeling coming into the meet that one of the two twins from Alexandria would be standing on top of the podium.
“Going in we felt like either one of them had an opportunity to win it, but you hardly wanted to say that out loud,” he said. “But when you watched them practice and you watched how they were preparing you knew there was an opportunity for them.”