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Alexandria CC teams break top five in Little Falls

Megan Hasz ran her way to a first place finish at the Lucky Lindy Invitational last week in Little Falls. Hasz finished the 4-kilometer race in 13:58. (Contributed)

Both the boys and girls Alexandria cross country teams finished in the top five at the Lucky Lindy Invitational on Thursday, September 12 in Little Falls.

The girls’ team finished in second place and was led by Megan and Bethany Hasz, who finished first and second in the race overall. The boys’ team finished in fourth place and was led by two runners who broke 17 minutes.


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The Cardinals girls cross country team finished with 104 points in Little Falls, thanks to big races by their top two runners.

Alexandria finished with 104 team points, second to only Sartell-St. Stephen with 81 points.

Head coach Mark Nelson said he was impressed with the second-place finish for the girls in a competitive field.

“It was great to have Bethany back on the starting line, coming back from her illness,” Nelson said. “She was not 100 percent, but she was a force on the course, finishing second behind Megan who shattered the course record of former teammate Jamie Piepenburg.”

Megan Hasz finished with a sub-14 minute 4-kilometer race for the first time in her career with a time of 13:58. Her finish was nearly 30 seconds faster than second place Bethany Hasz with a time of 14:27.

Other top finishes for the Cardinals included Karly Betterman in 30th place (14:27), Ellie Hurlen in 33rd place (16:13) and Julia Sieling in 38th place (16:27).

Boys’ cross country

The boys’ team finished in fourth place at the Lucky Lindy Invitational and was led by two runners who broke the 17 minute mark for the first time in their careers.

The Cardinals finished with 124 team points. Perham won the race, followed by Bemidji in second and Hopkins in third. Nelson was impressed with the consistency of the team after only 31 seconds separated their top five runners.

“It is exciting to think that we could have a few more runners under 17:00 by the end of the season,” Nelson said. “Just five seconds separated Colton Sailor, Jimmy Pfeffer, Austin Thom and Brandon Jerde. These four are all capable of running that time in the near future.”

The Cardinals were led by Aaron Runge, who finished in 14th place with a time of 16:48. Trent Piepenburg finished in 18th place with a time of 16:59.

Other top-five team finishers included Sailor in 29th place (17:15), Pfeffer (17:17) in 31st place and Thom (17:19) in 32nd place.

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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