Boys XC wins 2nd consecutive race
By Jarann Johnson
The Bowman County Invite was a day of firsts for the Beulah-Hazen cross-country team. The boys’ team took first place overall and Kaylene Klein led the girls by taking first place overall in the girls race.
The meet was originally scheduled for noon but, since the meet was moved to 10 a.m. because of heat, the Beulah-Hazen cross-country team’s bus was scheduled for an early morning 5:45 a.m. departure.
The Beulah-Hazen cross-country team didn’t let the early departure stop them from attaining their goals. The boys opened their eyes and wanted to make sure Bowman, ranked fifth in the state poll, didn’t gain any ground on them.
Adam Becker led Beulah-Hazen with a fifth-place finish, completing the 5k course in 18 minutes and 20 seconds. Aaron Vallejo was right behind, finishing sixth overall five seconds later.
The strong run by Beulah-Hazen’s No. 1 and 2 runners put them in a tie with Williston for first place. Williston’s top two runners finished first and third individually.
Williston and Beulah-Hazen seemed to be intent on battling out. The teams didn’t have much space when their No. 3 runners finished either.
Williston’s No. 3 runner was 8th overall and Jacob Weigel came in 9th overall for Beulah-Hazen (18:46). But that was it for Williston because they didn’t bring No. 4 and 5 runners.
Beulah-Hazen did bring No. 4 and No. 5 runners. Logan Miller, 13th overall (19:20), was the No. 4 runner and Isak Olson was the No. 5 runner (15th, 19:32). Bowman’s 2-5 runners were all slower than Beulah-Hazen’s 2-5.
For Beulah-Hazen the win was the boys’ second consecutive overall win at a meet. Winning this week’s pre-meet state race in Grand Forks will be a harder task, a lot of the power schools in the state are going to the meet to get an idea of how the course will be for later in the year.