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Beulah-Hazen runs well
By Jarann Johnson
Last weekend the Beulah-Hazen (B-H) cross-country team competed in the State Pre-Meet in Minot. The Pre-Meet is typically a chance for the state officials to manage a somewhat important regular season meet, before they manage the all-important State.
This race may have been a dry run for state officials to see how things would go at Minot’s Souris Golf Course, but for the teams involved it wasn’t. It was an all-out competition featuring many of the state’s best runners and teams.
On the girls’ side all five of the top-ranked Class B teams in the state showed up for the meet and brought 8 out of 10 of the state’s top-ranked runners as well. The boys’ side was similar with all five top-ranked Class B teams showing up and bringing 9 out of 10 of the state’s top-ranked runners.
The girls showed that they weren’t afraid of competition and came away with a second place finish out of 29 teams. Kaylene Klein led the way, taking 11th overall in 16 minutes and 7 seconds.
B-H’s next three runners to finish were all about ten seconds apart. Erin Walcker came in first at 33rd overall (17:20.30), then 11 seconds later Tess Hoherz came in at 38th overall (17:31.05) and Katie Duttenhefer came across nine seconds later (17:40.38).
B-H’s finishes from their No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4 runners helped them pull away from Rugby for seventh place, but it didn’t let the team catch up to sixth-place Surrey, ranked No. 4 in the state’s Oct. 1 poll.
Kalvyn Hetttich’s finish at 67th overall (18:32.98) cemented the Miners finish in seventh place. B-H topped one team, Rugby, that received votes in the Oct. 1 state poll.
While the girls were impressing the state pollsters, the boys were aiming to remain locked in on their No. 2 state ranking. The boys did more than aim for the No. 2 ranking, they gave themselves a 20-point cushion over third-place Rugby.
The boys were led by Calvin Aichele’s 13th-overall performance. The senior runner broke the 18-minute barrier at the course (17:59.82).