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Raiders ready to focus on postseason cross country meets

The regular season is quickly winding down for the Hastings boys and girls cross country teams.

Hastings runs today (Thursday) in the Owatonna Invitational, a preview of the section meet course.

Then, on Tuesday, Oct. 15, Hastings competes in the conference finals. The section finals are Oct. 24.

Coach John Dewall wants to see his team improve as much as possible between now and then so that they can move up the standings before the biggest races of the season.

“Everyone has to continue to get faster for our conference meet,” Dewall said. “That’s when it starts.”


The Hastings boys placed eight out of 10 teams at a meet in Red Wing last week with 216 points. Red Wing won the meet with 49. Winona was second (71) and Woodbury was third (79).

Results for Hastings went like this:

Will Caturia, 31st, 18:25; Will Briercliffe, 42nd, 18:46; Kyle Gudmunson, 46th, 18;51; Nick Johnson, 55th, 19:13; Joshua Brown, 67th, 19:32; Finley Myers, 68th, 19:33; Brandon Haraldson, 19:34.

Dewall was thrilled with what he saw from Brown.

“He’s a big surprise,” Dewall said. “He’s just a fantastic athlete. He came out for running for the first time, and he came out of nowhere.

“He had some new spikes and just rocked it in that meet. That was his first time in spikes. It’s pretty exciting to see a kid just push it to the limit and come up with that kind of time.”


The Hastings girls placed 10th out of 10 teams at the meet in Red Wing.

Roseville won the meet, following by Red Wing and Northfield.

Hastings was led by Michaela Mills, who was 32nd in 16:54.

Also racing were: Quinn Myers, 64th, 17:51; Ciara Christensen, 73rd, 18;12; Abberly Smith, 80th, 18:24; Rachel Peterson, 18:25; and Taylor Engstrom, 96, 19:27.

Benning’s big race

Zack Benning ran at one of the country’s biggest cross country meets on Saturday, the Roy Griak Invitational. He placed 17th out of the field and only four Minnesotans beat him.

“He performed real well,” Dewall said. “It’s a great benchmark to see where he is at at this point of the season. We are happy with his performance there.”