Itís all Class B from here
By Robyn Rohde
It has been nothing but a year of growth and development for the Beulah-Hazen cross country team. Growth in participation numbers, development in personal records and, well, lots and lots of running. But all their hard work is really paying off as the boys’ varsity team placed 10th out of 20 teams last weekend at the Mandan Meet.
Jordan Cieslak was miles ahead of the rest as the first Miner to cross the finish line in 17 minutes, 37 seconds to earn 17th place.
Josh Enget was the next Miner runner to come along and he had an impressive finish at 19:37 for 64th place. Hazen runner Brandon Johnson has been making steady improvement as he closed in under the 20-minute mark. Earning 69th place, Johnson ran the course in 19:48.
Learning to pack well, the remaining varsity boys’ were just under two minutes apart. Tyler Freuer led the way coming in at 21:03 for 93rd. Garrett Sayler wasn’t far behind at 21:10 for 98th place. Clinton Senn and Jordan Mann went step-for-step on the day for both to clock in at 22 minutes even. At 22:54 Austin Usselman improved nicely followed by Andrew Heller at 22:57.
“It’s kind of rewarding to see the hard work of the kids pay off,” head coach Bruce Wold said. “The team support for one another is great. It’s pretty fun to go to practice.”
Top runner for the girls’ side was Kelsey Kraft with her time of 18:43 for 26th place. Following suit was Kayla Matlock at 19:03 in 33rd. Jaime Schaeffer and Kayden Candrian were just over a tenth of a second apart but Schaeffer’s time of 19:10 earned her 37th place where as Candrian came in 42nd at 19:23. Amity Blohm moved up in the ranks for the Miner runners with her time of 20:58 for 62nd place. Jaime Privratsky felt the effects of the flu bug going around as she was just a few seconds off at 21:28 for 65th place. Hazen Miner Bethany Weinand mastered her stride at 21:59 for 71st place.