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Runners are nearing the finish

Michaela Mills races to the finish line during a recent meet in Hudson. Mills, a sophomore, has been one of the team's top runners all season long. It is her first cross country season. (Rivertown Newspaper Group photo by Bob Burrows)

The end of the Hastings cross country season is quickly approaching. The team has its section meet on Thursday, Oct. 27, at Brooktree Golf Course in Rochester, and the state meet, should anyone qualify, is in early November.

To prepare for the season's biggest races, the Hastings boys and girls teams have been busy with a number of meets.

Late last week, the team had a dual meet at the high school against Richfield, and the week before that Hastings competed at an invitational in Owatonna.

The Hastings girls placed 10th out of 14 teams at the invitational.

Rosemount won the meet with 85 points.

Dover-Eyota-St. Charles was second and Owatonna finished third.

Hastings had 242 points.

The top Hastings finisher was sophomore Michaela Mills, who was 22nd overall in 16 minutes and 9.9 seconds.

Also racing were: Helen Jensen, an eighth-grader, who took 42nd in 16:38; junior Bri Strandberg, who was 52nd in 16:50; Kailee Harrington, a freshman, who was 54th in 16:55.7; Kate Curtis, sophomore, who was 72nd in 17:18.3; Makaila England, a sophomore, who was 82nd in 17:59.9; and sophomore Rachel Thomas, who was 95th in 18:28.8.


The Hastings boys finished seventh out of 14 teams. Rosemount won the meet with 28 points. Rochester Mayo was second and Owatonna was third.

Hastings finished with 238 points.

The top Hastings finisher was sophomore Zack Benning, who was seventh overall in 16:41.7.

Also racing were: Colby Smith, a sophomore, who was 45th in 17:54.8; Joseph Rabaey, a junior, who was 46th in 17:58.1; Austin Reuter, a sophomore, was 68th in 18:29.5; junior Christian Weiland was 72nd in 18:35.9; Jake Kelly, a sophomore, was 74th in 18:39.8; and sophomore Andy Rachuy was 81st in 19:02.2.

Junior varsity

The Hastings junior varsity girls placed ninth in the meet.

Racing were: Abberly Smith, 42nd, 18:49; Nicole Froehling, 48th, 18:59.9; Taylor Engstrom, 52nd, 19:12.2; Rachel Peterson, 58th, 19:34.9; Savannah Fultz, 61st, 19:58.8.

The junior varsity boys placed 12th.

Racing were: Ben Jackson, 35th, 19:17.6; Isaiah Gardell, 63rd, 20:40.2; Jake Rachuy, 65th, 20:44.1; David Syverson, 80th 21:20.6; Kyle Stapleton, 82nd, 21:24.2; Finley Meyers, 83rd, 21:27.5; Sam Hoffman, 84th, 21:30.7.

Vs Richfield

Against Richfield last week, Hastings faced Richfield and won, 23-33.

Benning won the race with a time of 16:45.

Rabaey had a time of 17:18. Smith finished in 17:38, Weiland came in at 17:41, Kelly finished in 18:21, Reuter ended in 18:47 and Andy Rachuy finished in 19:13.

The girls, meanwhile, had a perfect score, sweeping the top five spots.

Radke was first at 16:17. Mills finished in 16:18, Jensen finished in 16:37, Harrington came in at 17:15 and Curtis finished in 17:48.

Also finishing were Strandberg (18:08) and Smith (18:29).

"That was a good warm-up meet," Dewall said. "We wanted to get a meet in there before our conference meet. Marty Huberty, a former Hastings runner, coaches there. We had a really fun time with his team, and it was just real fun to run a dual meet."