XC host home meet
By Jarann Johnson
The Beulah-Hazen cross-country team went to two meets last week. Beulah-Hazen started the week by hosting their only home meet of the season, and ended the season by previewing the regional meet hosted by Standing Rock.
The Beulah-Hazen home meet had great results for the boys but, overall, was one that many Beulah-Hazen race fans walked away from with some worries. The boys took first overall, but the meet didn’t see either team perform at their top level because of injuries.
Adam Becker, senior, usually comes across the finish line as the No.1 or No. 2 runner for Beulah-Hazen, but at the Beulah-Hazen home meet Becker failed to finish the race.
Losing runners critical to recording a strong score was also a problem for the girls’ team. Beulah-Hazen lost Kalvyn Hettich, who usually comes across the finish line as the No. 4 or 5 runner.
No. 1 runner Kaylene Klein was held out of the race because of an injury from a previous meet.
For the boys, it initially looked like losing Becker was going to hurt the team. Southern McLean pushed three runners across the finish line in an impressive 1st-2nd-3rd overall finish.
Southern McLean simply needed to get two more runners across the finish line before any other team pushed across five runners. Aaron Vallejo, Beulah-Hazen sophomore, made Southern McLean’s task hard by placing fourth overall in 19 minutes and 32 seconds.
Dillon Dixon came across for Parshall in fifth place. Meanwhile, Southern McLean race fans were still waiting for their No. 4 and No. 5 runners to cross the finish line.
Beulah-Hazen quickly ended Southern McLean’s hopes of an upset win by rounding out the top ten.
Jacob Weigel, Beulah-Hazen sophomore, led a 6th-7th-8th-9th place finish.
Weigel finished in 19:56 followed by Logan Miller in 7th (20:03), Isak Olson in 8th (20:15) and Collin Johnson in 9th (20:23). Ethan Johnson was the only other Beulah-Hazen runner to break the 21-minute mile mark. Johnson finished in 20:58.
The girls took 7th overall, which was a great considering they only ran three girls and finished in the middle of the pack.