A very young Hastings boys cross country team made quite an impression at the section meet Thursday in Owatonna. The Raiders placed seventh out of 14 teams. The team didn’t have a senior competing on varsity, and the team’s top two runners are freshmen.
Meets for the Hastings cross country teams are getting more and more important as the fall season wears on. One big meet is planned for today (Thursday) in Owatonna, the site of the upcoming section meet. The meet gives the Raiders a chance to see the course and to run against some strong section competition.
The Hastings boys cross country team had a strong finish at the annual Hudson Raider Invitational on Sept. 21, placing fourth out of nine teams.
Making head coach John Dewall even more excited about the finish was the fact that only one senior was in the top seven for Hastings. Plus, the top two Hastings runners were freshmen.
There’s nothing like a 3-mile race through streams and mud to kick off the season. For the Hastings Raiders cross country teams, that’s exactly what they faced last week in River Falls at the annual extreme meet held there.
The long course and wild conditions showed Hastings coach John Dewall one very important thing: just how fit his athletes are, or aren’t.
New faces are the norm this fall for Hastings cross country coach John Dewall.
The longtime Hastings coach saw the graduation last summer of many decorated runners for both the girls and the boys, leaving him looking high and low this fall for enough athletes to field competitive teams for the boys and the girls.
Hastings senior Mike Rough missed the first few weeks of the boys cross country season with an injury. But thanks to his great finish at last week’s section cross country meet, his season will last a week longer than most.
The Hastings boys cross country team welcomed back one of its best runners this week, as HHS senior Michael Rough returned to the Raider lineup.
Rough helped Hastings place sixth out of eight teams at the annual Red Wing Invitational Friday in Red Wing.
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