Beulah-Hazen Cross Country heads east
By Jarann Johnson
The Beulah-Hazen cross-country team battled with the big boys in Grand Forks last week. Beulah-Hazen went to the State Pre-Meet and raced against Class A and B schools.
The girls took 17th overall and the boys took 13th overall at the meet.
The meet was tough for the girls team because they were without their usual top five tandem. Kalvyn Hettich didn’t run at the meet only leaving the girls with four runners.
Team scores in cross-country are compiled by adding the top five runners for each team’s score together. Teams without five runners are awarded a ghost runner.
A ghost runner is awarded after everyone finishes the race. If there are 100 runners in a race then the ghost runner in 101.
For Beulah-Hazen the ghost runner to fit into their No. 5 spot was 129, which dragged their score down drastically. Hettich may have been able to improve Beulah-Hazen’s team score if she ran which would have helped them top Fargo South.
South ended the day with 477 points and the Beulah-Hazen finished with 479 points. Without Hettich the top four did well.
Klein led the race by finishing 52nd in 16 minutes and 56 seconds. Erin Walcker followed in the No. 2 spot at 77th (17:31.89).
Katie Duttenhefer finished 107th (19:07.13) and Baylee Vondra finished 114th overall (19:38.28). Vondra and Duttenhefer both ran in the 19-minute area during the race.
The boys’ winning streak came to an end at State Pre-Meet in Grand Forks last week, but did see an interesting twisting of the order.
Aaron Vallejo took back the No.1 runner spot form Adam Becker. Vallejo finished 51st (18:40.79) and Becker finished 58th (18:52.86).