Hastings runners ready for home meet
By the end of this week, the Hastings cross country team will have raced three times this season. Each one of those races will have been dramatically different than the others.
The season's first meet was an extreme race, through streams and up and down river beds.
The second race was held on a relatively flat and very fast course in Eagan.
The third race, the team's only home meet of the year on Thursday, will be held at St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park, a tough and hilly course.
"We go from the river and that kind of extreme stuff, to a flat course, to a hilly and woodsy course," Hastings coach John Dewall said. "The kids are getting a little bit of all of it the first couple weeks of the season."
At Thursday's Dakota County meet in Eagan, the Hastings girls placed seventh out of nine teams.
The Raiders were led by sophomore captain Bri Strandberg, who placed 13th overall.
"We thought she ran a good race," Dewall said. "Pretty solid. That gets the bugs out."
Strandberg had a time of 12 minutes, 59.4 seconds.
Seventh-graders Helen Jensen and Alissa Smith placed 46th and 51st respectively.
Jensen had a time of 14:34.3 and Smith came in at 15:11.5.
"They are very, very tough little runners," Dewall said. "They were a little nervous, running with all the big kids, but I thought they performed very, very well."
Makaila England, a freshman, was 55th in 15:33.9, Mackenzie Klimek was 57th in 15:54.5 and Kailianna Rivet was 60th in 16:31.0.
Hastings finished with 222 points.
Lakeville South won the meet with 22 points. Eagan was second with 39.
The Hastings boys placed seventh out of eight teams.
Eagan won the meet with 35 points and Apple Valley was second with 57.
Zack Benning, a freshman, led Hastings with a 22nd place finish, coming in at 11:22.2.
"Zack was real strong coming back," Dewall said. "He looked real good."
Joseph Rabaey, a sophomore, was 36th in 11:42.2.
"Joe had a great race," Dewall said.
Chase Keilers, a senior, was 37th in 11:43.9.
"Chase stepped it up," Dewall said. "He wasn't too happy with his performance at the extreme meet. He put a good solid week of training in and had a good time."
Freshman Colby Smith was 38th in 11:47.7.
Riley Tarrant, a junior, was 40th in 11:55.2.
Christian Weiland placed 45th in 12:09.4. He is a sophomore.
Tim Zappa, a junior, was 47th in 12:28.2.
Just 13 seconds separated runners No. 2 through No. 5 for Hastings.
"They came in as a pack," Dewall said. "Our goal is to move them all up as a pack. We want to move them up a minute. They'd be flying."
The Hastings girls junior varsity team had two runners at the meet. They were Nicole Froehling, a junior, who placed 104th in 16:37.5 and Juliann Moes, a junior, who was 115th in 16:56.0.
The boys team placed seventh, led by Mohamed Osman, who placed 20th in 12:08.1.
Also racing for the boys were: D.J. Yandrasits, 30th, 12:24.3; Jake Rachuy, 36th, 12:47.6; Ben Jackson, 42nd, 13:12.2; Michael Stricker, 44th, 13:22.0; Nick Johnson, 46th, 13:27.7; and David Syverson, 49th, 13:33.0.