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Hasz sisters finish third, fourth in state 3200

Megan and Bethany Hasz lead the state 3,200 run early on Friday at Hamline University in St. Paul. (Blaze Fugina/Echo Press)

Alexandria’s Bethany Hasz took third place in the Class AA 3,200 run at the state meet on Friday with a time of 10:31, one spot in front of her sister Megan who finished in 10:33 on Friday morning at Hamline University.

Emily Castanias of Chanhassen won the race in a time of 10:28, followed by Shaelyn Sorensen of Tartan in second at 10:30. Bemidji’s Jenna Truedson finished fifth in 10:41.

The Hasz sisters said the race started out a little fast for their liking. They led the field throughout most of the first half of the 3,200 race.

“Everyone gets excited before the state meet, and it happens a lot,” Megan said about the fast start. “So you just have to stay strong and push through.”

Bethany had the fastest seed time among the 19 participants heading into the race. Despite her goals to finish on top, she was still satisfied with third place.

“I was seeded first, so obviously the goal was to win,” Bethany said. “But third is awesome, and that’s better than I placed when I did run here.”

Last year Megan took 11th in the 3,200, and in 2012 Bethany finished in 10th and Megan 12th.

Bethany and Megan still have one more race at the state meet left to go. Tomorrow they will compete in the 1,600, which is scheduled to take place at 10:47 a.m. at Hamline University.

Blaze Fugina

Blaze Fugina is the sports editor of the Woodbury and South Washington County Bulletin newspapers. Previously, Blaze worked as a sports editor for the Pierce County Herald and a sports reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in May of 2011. You can follow Blaze on Twitter at @BlazeFugina.

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