Hastings boys runners placed fifth of seven in Red Wing; girls took seventh
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.
It appears as though the Raider girls are getting healthy just in time for the meet.
Bri Strandberg, who was held out of the race in Hudson because of illness, resumed her training schedule and was back at last week's race in Red Wing. She placed 10th in 15 minutes, 46.04 seconds to lead the Raiders.
"We're proud of her to be back at it," Hastings coach John Dewall said. "She looks strong as heck again. It's great to have Bri back leading the crew. She's setting a good example for everyone."
Helen Jensen placed 34th for Hastings in 16:32.64.
Also running varsity were Juliann Moes, 51st, 17:40.13; Nicole Froehling, 55th, 18:16.64; Allissa Smith, 59th, 18:22.51; and Mackenzie Klimek, 63rd, 19:07.8.
The girls placed seventh out of eight teams with 179 points. Roseville won the meet with 40 points and Shakopee was second with 46.
The Hastings boys placed fifth out of seven teams with 117 points. Red Wing won the meet with 35 and Elk River was second with 61.
"I thought the guys ran really good as a team," Dewall said. "Any one of those guys can be interchanged on a given day. Colby (Smith) is typically right up there, but he got a sideache during the race. If you kick him up a number of slots, we would have picked up a bunch more points.
"Still, it was the best meet of the year for our guys."
Zack Benning led the Hastings boys with a 10th-place finish. He had a time of 17:12.90.
Joseph Rabaey was 20th in 17:48.54.
Riley Tarrant finished 26th in 17:59.99, Colby Smith was 31st in 18:09.11 and Chase Keilers was 34th in 18:21.75 to round out the top five.
Christian Weiland was close behind Keilers, taking 35th in 18:21.75.
Mohamed Osman was 39th in 18:30.62.
The Hastings boys junior varsity team had a strong meet, placing fourth.
Lukas Human led the raiders with an eighth-place finish and a time of 18:55.37. Jacob Rachuy was 19th in 19:30.90.
D.J. Yandrasits finished 25th in 19:38.61.
Ben Jackson placed 27th in 19:45.64; Tim Zappa was 30th in 19:51.54; Isaiah Gardell was 35th in 20:05.84; Kyle Stapleton was 46th in 20:23.86; Michael Stricker was 50th in 20:25.74; Spencer Saccoman was 64th in 20:52.79; David Syverson placed 95th in 22:02.85; James Harper finished in 24:01.47; Brian Gapp finished in 24:19.11; Andrew Behnke finished in 32.22.31.
The girls junior varsity was led by Stephanie Lindgren, who had a time of 19:50.92. Also running was Kailianna Rivet who finished in 20:02.29;