September 28, 2016

Beulah XC host pre-regional meet

By Jarann Johnson
The Beulah-Hazen cross-country course always makes a few kids grunt and groan. The cause of most  grunts and groans is a steep hill on the course, which is placed right before runners can get comfortable, about a mile and a half into the 5-Kilometer (3.1-mile) race.
Most West Region coaches elected to attend the Beulah-Hazen pre-regional meet last week because of the course’s importance this year. The West Region meet will be hosted by Beulah-Hazen at the Black Sands Golf Course.
Beulah-Hazen Head Coach Mary Hoherz said many coaches were happy with the course and thanked Beulah Athletic Director Carl Blackhurst and race organizers for designing and organizing the race.
Beulah-Hazen’s course proved a tough challenge for all the teams at the meet. The New Town boys,  the best team in Class A or B, won the meet but didn’t have the kind of staggering times they normally do.
New Town’s runners usually break the 17-minute barrier with no problem. On Beulah-Hazen’s course, New Town’s No. 1 runner and first place overall finisher Jalen Chase only ran a 17 minute flat time.
It was the first time this season where no New Town runners broke 17 minutes.
Even though the course was tough, it wasn’t enough of a home-course advantage for Beulah-Hazen to top Bowman County. Bowman County kept their advantage by pushing four kids into the top 15 of the meet (eighth place, 10th place, 13th place, and 15th place).

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