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Benning takes second at Mayo cross country invite

The annual Rochester Mayo Cross Country Invitational in Rochester always draws a talented group of teams, and this year was no different. Included in the mix were top teams from Stillwater, Owatonna and Rochester Century.

So, Hastings coach John Dewall leaned on a couple Hastings runners to shake things up, and that exactly what they did. Jake Spitzack and Austin Reuter each went out fast at Thursday's meet.

"They set the race up for us," Dewall said. "They had a great performance in setting the race up for us."

As the pack that chased after those two Hastings runners died out, Hastings' Zack Benning came on strong. He ended up beating the No. 4-ranked runner in the state on his way to a second-place finish. He came in at 16 minutes and 9.7 seconds. The race's winner, Wayde Hall, had a time of 15:52.7.

Hastings ended up placing 12th as a team. There were 20 teams at the meet, which was won by Stillwater.

Joe Rabaey finished 33rd for Hastings, finishing in 17:32.3.

Forrest Close was 80th in 18:41.4.

Christian Weiland finished 94th in 19:08; Spitzack was 106th in 19:35.4; and Reuter was 111th in 19:41.5.

On the girls side, Hastings placed 14th out of 19 teams. Wayzata won the girls meet with 46 points.

Michaela Mills led Hastings with a 31st-place finish in 16:23.3.

Kiki Radke was 42nd in 16:38.6.

Ciara Christensen was 64th in 17:08.1; Bri Strandberg was 67th in 17:10.2; Kate Curtis was 103rd in 18:10.4; Rachel Peterson was 115th in 18:52.8; and Quinn Myers was 120th in 19:33.0.