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Zack Benning nears the finish line without a competitor in sight during the section cross country meet Thursday in Owatonna. Benning won the meet and will run in the state meet at St. Olaf College in Northfield. (Star Gazette photos by Chad Richardson)

Benning wins second straight section title

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Hastings senior Zack Benning is headed back to the state cross country meet.

On Thursday afternoon, Benning blew away the field at the Section 1AA cross country meet at Brooktree Golf Course in Owatonna. He won the 5k race in 15 minutes, 36.2 seconds. The next runner was almost 20 seconds behind.


“What do you say?” coach John Dewall said. “I’ll tell you, watching him race the last three races here … wow.”

Justin Hyytinen of Farmington was second in 15:53.7.

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Chad Richardson
Chad Richardson is the publisher and editor at the Hastings Star Gazette. He was the general manager of the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages from 2000 to 2007. He previously worked at the Star Gazette from 1996 to 2000 as a photographer and reporter. He also worked as a photographer and writer at the Pope County Tribune in Glenwood.
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