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Sports briefs: Megan and Bethany Hasz start professional running careers in Boston

Alexandria sisters continue their running careers together as they join the High Performance Team with the Boston Athletic Association. And a 13-year-old cards the first hole-in-one of the season at Hardwood Hills Golf Club.

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Bethany, left, and Megan Hasz of Alexandria in their Boston Athletic Association speed suits. The Hasz sisters will continue to run together as they start their professional careers by joining the High Performance Team, an Adidas sponsored program with the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A).<br/>
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ALEXANDRIA — Alexandria’s Megan and Bethany Hasz will continue to run together as they start their professional careers by joining the High Performance Team, an Adidas sponsored program with the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A).

The B.A.A. announced the signings of the Hasz sisters and Jenna Magness out of Michigan State University in a press release on Aug. 16.

“The B.A.A. welcomes collegiate standouts Jenna Magness, Bethany Hasz, and Megan Hasz to the High Performance Team, B.A.A. Running Club and the New England running community,” High Performance coach Mark Carroll, a two-time Olympian for Ireland, said in the release. “Jenna, Bethany, and Megan showcased their talents in cross-country and on the track with school records, conference titles and NCAA All-American performances. We are excited for the next phase of their journey as they begin their professional careers here in Boston.”

Alexandria natives Megan and Bethany Hasz talk about what their futures in professional running may look like now after looking back on their record-breaking distance-running careers at the University of Minnesota.

Megan and Bethany are fresh off standout running careers at the University of Minnesota. Bethany was a two-time All American in cross country and a four-time All American in track and field, along with earning a Big Ten Athlete of the Year Award.

“I am so excited to join the Boston Athletic Association as the next step in my running journey,” Bethany said in the release. “I’m very fortunate to be able to pursue something I’m so passionate about as a career. I couldn’t have gotten here without all of the support from my family, friends, coaches, and teammates. I look forward to working with Coach Carroll and the rest of the B.A.A.”

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Like Bethany, Megan also earned NCAA All-American, USTFCCCA All-Region, First Team All-B1G Ten, and Academic All-B1G Ten honors during her Gophers career. She finished her cross country career with the Gophers as a Big Ten champion in a time of 20:34.5.

“I am really looking forward to starting my professional running career with the Boston Athletic Association,” Megan said. “The support of my friends, family, coaches, and teammates have not only made this possible but made it a super fun journey,” said Megan Hasz. “Having the opportunity to continue my training with this group is something I’m extremely grateful for. I’m excited to see what comes next working with Coach Carroll and the rest of the B.A.A.”

The B.A.A.’s High Performance team supports American runners in their goals to make international teams and compete at the highest level in events such as the Olympics, World Athletic Championships and Abbott World Marathon Majors. The team sponsorship with Adidas provides comprehensive support for athletes on the High Performance team.

PERSONAL-BEST TIMES FOR BETHANY HASZ - 5K (XC): 16:31.6; 6K (XC): 19:36.4; 1,500m: 4:18.41; Mile (indoors): 4:38.86; 3,000m (indoors): 8:59.37; 5,000m (indoors): 15:25.33; 5,000m (outdoors): 15:30.57; 10,000m (outdoors): 33:30.04

MEGAN HASZ - 5K (XC): 16:35.2; 6K (XC): 19:48.9; 1,500m: 4:23.62; Mile (indoors): 4:47.83; 3,000m (indoors): 9:12; 5,000m (indoors): 15:39.03; 5,000m (outdoors): 15:58.85; 10,000m (outdoors): 33:09.57

B.A.A. HIGH PERFORMANCE TEAM ROSTERS - Eric Hamer, Jonas Hampton, Bethany Hasz, Megan Hasz, Paul Hogan, Erika Kemp, Jenna Magness, Matt McDonald, Jerrell Mock, Annie Rodenfels, Abbey Wheeler

Hole-in-one at Hardwood Hills

Braxton Twa, a 13-year-old from Alexandria, had a golf round to remember on Aug. 16 as Twa recorded a hole-in-one while playing at the Hardwood Hills Golf Club.

The ace was witnessed by Bob Brittin. Twa aced the fourth hole, which was playing 183 yards, while using a driver. It was the first hole-in-one of the season at Hardwood Hills.

Eric Morken is a sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press Newspaper in Alexandria, Minnesota, a property of the Forum News Service. Morken covers a variety of stories throughout the Douglas County area, as well as statewide outdoor issues.
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