Twin sisters from Alexandria continue to do things at the University of Minnesota that the Gophers running program has never seen before.
Megan and Bethany Hasz ran the fastest 5,000-meter times ever at the University of Minnesota while racing at the BU Sharon Colyear-Danville Season Opener in Boston on Dec. 7. Bethany finished fifth overall in the race with a time of 15:25.33 and Megan was 12th in 15:39.03.
The Gophers’ previous indoor 5K record was set by Megan last season in a time of 15:51.55. Bethany also holds the Gophers’ outdoor 5K record at 15:45.72 and Megan is second in the record books at 15:58.85.
Minnesota coaches redshirted the Hasz sisters during this fall’s cross country season, so this was their first time really racing hard in a competition since last spring’s national meet in track. Not including other performances in the same race in Boston, Bethany’s time of 15:25.33 ranked 14th in NCAA history, while Megan’s time ranked 41st.
"For Bethany to be the 14th-best performer in NCAA history indoors, it's just wild to think about,” Minnesota head coach Sarah Hopkins said in a story posted at www.gophersports.com. “Even Megan, the 41st-best time in the NCAA. It's super fun to watch and be a part of as a coach. It's so fun to have two athletes like that who train hard and do things right. They know how to play the game now, and you're just seeing their careers get better and better every single year as they've matured. This is the result when you get in a good field and you let them run."