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Where are they now: Hasz sisters cruising, Roste at scout team QB

University of Minnesota football players (left to right) Jonathan Santaga, Justin Juenemann, Chris Autman-Bell, Jaran Roste, Casey O'Brien and Grant Ryerse share a photo with a young visitor of the Gophers earlier this year. Roste, a 2017 Alexandria Area High School graduate, is working as the scout team quarterback as a freshman this fall. (Submitted photo)1 / 4
Aaron Runge2 / 4
Bethany Hasz3 / 4
Megan Hasz4 / 4

This is a look at how some area athletes are doing at their respective colleges or in their athletic careers. Similar pieces will run periodically through the fall, winter and spring seasons.

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• Alexandria's Megan and Bethany Hasz had breakout freshman seasons in the Big Ten for the University of Minnesota cross country team, and they haven't slowed down as sophomores.

The Hasz sisters join Madeline Strandemo as consistent top-three runners on the team for a Gophers program that was ranked 20th in the nation after the Greater Louisville Classic 5K in Kentucky on Sept. 30.

Bethany led the Gophers to a fourth-place finish out of 32 teams that day as she finished sixth overall in a personal-record time of 16:46.63. Strandemo was seventh in a season-best time of 16:47.66 and Megan Hasz took eighth in a personal-record time of 16:48.81.

The Gophers also performed well at the Roy Griak Invitational they host each season. Minnesota took third out of 18 Division I teams on Sept. 23. Bethany was 11th individually in the 6K race with a time of 21:51.6 in nearly 90 degree heat. Megan was 13th in 21:54.2.

The Gophers run at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational in Madison on Oct. 13 and at the Tori Neubauer Invitational in La Crosse on Oct. 14. The Big Ten Championships are scheduled for Oct. 29 in Bloomington, Ind.

• Alexandria's Jaran Roste is running the scout team offense at quarterback during practices in his first year with the University of Minnesota football team.

Roste, a walk-on in PJ Fleck's first recruiting class as head coach for the Gophers, dresses for home games but does not travel with the team right now. The 3-2 Gophers have Conor Rhoda as the starting quarterback heading into a home game against Michigan State this Saturday at 7 p.m. Redshirt freshman Seth Green and redshirt sophomore Demry Croft are behind Rhoda on the depth chart heading into the game against the Spartans.

Roste's regular workload with athletics and academics include football-related activities from 6 a.m. to noon, with classes in the afternoon, as well as additional football commitments on weekends. Many Gophers players also do a lot of volunteer work within the community, with Roste taking part in many of those activities.

• Alexandria's Aaron Runge is getting a chance to showcase what he can do in cross country as a redshirt sophomore at the Division II level for Augustana University in Sioux Falls.

Runge and the Vikings recently took first place at the Bob Waxlax Invitational in St. Cloud on Oct. 6 by sweeping the top three individual finishes. Runge was third overall on the 8K course in a time of 26:08.9, good for a 5:15.7 average mile pace.

Augustana was equally as impressive at the Roy Griak Invitational hosted by the University of Minnesota on Sept. 23. The Vikings finished first among 41 Division II schools at the meet. Runge helped pace them by taking second on the team and fourth overall with a time of 26:14.

Runge and the Vikings will now turn their attention to the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference championship meet on Oct. 21 in Moorhead.

Ashby native and former West Central Area runner Ryley Nelson is also on the Augustana roster as a true freshman.

Nelson took sixth as a senior at the Class A cross country state high school meet and eighth as a junior.

Eric Morken

Eric Morken is the sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, MN. Follow him on Twitter at echo_sports.

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