Benning edged by Ali in season's first race
A preview of the state cross country championships was had on Friday afternoon in Eagan during the Dakota Classic cross country meet.
Hastings senior Zack Benning and Richfield senior Obsa Ali faced off and blew away the field. In the end, Ali edged Benning by 2.8 seconds, finishing the course in 10:04.1. Benning finished in 10:06.9.
Apple Valley ended up winning the meet with a point total of just 59. Lakeville South was second. The Hastings boys finished seventh as a team.