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Hastings runner wins section title, qualifies for state cross country meet

Hastings High School junior Zack Benning won the section cross country title on Thursday in Owatonna, earning a trip to the state meet in the process.

Benning won the 5K race in 16 minutes and 11.3 seconds.

He finished five seconds ahead of the second-place competitor.

Benning, one of the top 10 runners in the state, will run at the state meet next Saturday, Nov. 3, at St. Olaf College in Northfield.

Chad Richardson

Chad Richardson is the news director for RiverTown Multimedia. He was the publisher of four RiverTown publications until 2016, when he was named news director. He was previously general manager of the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages from 2000 to 2007. He worked at the Hastings 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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