September 23, 2015

Beulah-Hazen XC keeps busy

By Jarann Johnson

The cross-country schedule is getting to the point where most teams are starting to try to compete in two meets a week. Beulah-Hazen kept busy with two team events last week, but only one was a cross country meet.
The Beulah-Hazen cross-country team went to Watford City Tuesday and volunteered at the Bismarck Marathon Saturday. The girls took sixth out of 11 teams and the boys took second out of 11 teams at the Watford City meet.  
The girls’ race was highlighted by a top-five finish by Kaylene Klein. Klein faced both of her rivals from Watford City that she’s had close finishes against, but couldn’t top either one. Kayla Ogle, Watford City, took first overall in 16 minutes and 04.38 seconds. Asha Smith followed as Watford’s No. 2 in second place.
After the Watford duo, New Town’s top two runners came in. Brady Tyleigh and Ross Marveen took third and fourth place.
New Town has been making a push in the polls, receiving votes, and ran really well at the State Pre-Meet in Grand Forks two weeks ago.
Klein, ranked eighth in the state poll, finished in fifth place (17:27.87). Ogle and Smith are ranked fifth and sixth in the state. Expect New Town’s No.1 and No. 2 runners to push for poll spots and to have a big impact this season on the West Region and Class B state meet.
Aside from having top runners in the state, the meet also had several of the top teams. Bowman, ranked third, and Killdeer, ranked fourth, also attended the meet.
Neither state-ranked team won the meet, though. It was New Town that came away with a win on the girls’ side.
Even though Beulah-Hazen couldn’t keep pace with the state-ranked competition, they did have a strong day. Erin Walcker finished in the top 20 with a 14th place showing (18:03.65) and Katie Duttenhefer was just outside of the top 20, taking 21st overall (19:09.63).
Bailey Vondra was Beulah-Hazen’s No. 4 runner with a 27th overall finish (20:08.45). Beulah-Hazen was without Kalvyn Hettich for the meet, but the junior runner is expected back in action soon.
Beulah-Hazen may also be adding another runner in the future, which would bring the team’s number of runners to six, giving them a bigger margin of error at meets.
The boys continued to runwell  last week with a second-place showing and prove why they are favorites to continue their streak of runners-up state tournament placings this year. Even though Beulah-Hazen proved they are clearly No. 2 in the state, catching No.1 proved to be too tough a task.

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