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Alexandria’s Bethany (left) and Megan Hasz run side-by-side during the Alexandria Invite on May 14, 2013. Megan finished first and Bethany third at Hamline in the 3,200. (Eric Morken/Echo Press)

Hasz sisters shine at Hamline Elite Meet

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Megan and Bethany Hasz have already proven themselves as two of the best cross country runners in the state, and their performances at the Hamline Elite Meet this past weekend went a long way toward cementing them atop the track and field distance events.

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The Hamline Elite Meet features the top track and field athletes in the state under the lights at Hamline University. The Hasz sisters were the only two female athletes to qualify from Alexandria, and they didn’t disappoint.

Both girls have proven to have an ability to take it to another level in big meets, and they did that on Friday with both running personal bests in the 3,200-meter run. That was good for a first-place finish from Megan in a time of 10:32.63, while Bethany took third in a time of 10:40.59.

“We chose to run them both in the 3,200-meter and couldn’t have been more proud of how they raced,” head coach Meghan Orgeman-Crumb said. “Megan finished first after making up a 25-meter gap on the last lap, while Bethany had a strong third-place finish. Both athletes came out with enormous personal bests.”

It was part of a weekend that saw the Alexandria girls take second as a team in the Monticello Invite on Friday. The Cardinals finished with 25 top-eight finishes to earn 137 points, 19.5 points behind meet champion Monticello.

Mady Urman led the way with two first-place finishes in the 100 and 200-meter dashes. The senior finished in 13.50 seconds in the 100 and 27.09 in the 200. She also took second in the 400-meter dash in 1:01.63.

Fellow senior Karly Betterman was first in the 300-meter hurdles in a time of 48.37 and second in the 100-meter hurdles in 17.44. Freshman JeAnna Miller had Alexandria’s third first-place finish in the high jump with a leap of 5-00.

Betterman added another second-place finish in the triple jump with a leap of 34-04. Morgan Melrose finished second in the 800-meter run in a time of 2:26.70 and Kiyana Miller was the runner-up in the 1,600-meter run in a time of 5:35.03.

“Each week the girls’ consistent decision to approach practice with intensity and focus has led to their ability to compete with confidence when it counts,” Orgeman-Crumb said. “The culture of hard work we have on this team is truly what makes the Cardinals a force on the track and in the field.”

HAMLINE ELITE MEET

ALEXANDRIA RESULTS – 3,200-METER RUN – M. Hasz – first place, 10:32.63; B. Hasz – third place, 10:40.59

MONTICELLO INVITE

TEAM RESULTS – 1. Monticello – 156.5; 2. Alexandria – 137; 3. St. Francis – 120; 4. Osseo – 94; 5. St. Cloud Tech – 59.5; 6. Buffalo – 56; 6. North Branch – 56

ALEXANDRIA TOP-EIGHT FINISHES – 4X800 RELAY – Moriah Bartolomeo, Camille Johnson, Kendall Kohler, Hannah Wendel – seventh place, 11:30.90; 100-METER HURDLES – Betterman – second place, 17.44; 100-METER DASH – Urman – first place, 13.50; Tayler Kaufman – sixth place, 14.29; 4x200 RELAY – Kelby Olson-Rodel, Leah Huss, Kaitlyn Dyrstad, Syri Williams – sixth place, 1:58.75; 1,600-METER RUN – Miller – Kiyana Miller – second place, 5:35.03; 400-METER DASH – Urman – second place, 1:01.63; 300-METER HURDLES – Betterman – first place, 48.37; 800-METER RUN – Melrose – second place, 2:26.70; Julia Sieling – third place, 2:27.26; 200-METER DASH – Urman – first place, 27.09; Tayler Kaufman – fourth place, 28.79; Olson-Rodel – sixth place, 29.65; 4X400 RELAY – Sara Wegner, J. Miller, Maggie Slagle, Sieling – seventh place, 4:26.03; HIGH JUMP – J. Miller – first place, 5-00; Olson-Rodel – eighth place, 4-06; LONG JUMP – Olson-Rodel – third place, 15-00.25; J. Miller – fifth place, 15-00; TRIPLE JUMP - Betterman – second place, 34-04; J. Miller – fourth place, 33-03.50; Hannah Wendel – eighth place, 31-05; DISCUS – Cheyenne Hendrickson - seventh place, 91-06.25

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Blaze Fugina
Blaze Fugina is a sports reporter at the Echo Press. Before working in Alexandria, he graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in May of 2011. He previously worked as the community editor of the Mound Laker for more than a year. You can follow Blaze on Twitter at @BlazeFugina.
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