These twins are fast! Ranked among the state’s best.

By Lori Mork
lmork@echopress.com

Bethany and Megan Hasz

Bethany (left) and Megan Hasz, freshmen on the Cardinal girls’ cross country team, competed for the second straight year at the State Class AA meet on Saturday. Bethany finished third and Megan sixth as the two were in the top 10 for the second year in a row. Contributed Photo

Bethany and Megan Hasz finished third and sixth respectively at the State Class AA cross country meet.

Cardinal freshman Bethany Hasz set a new personal best time of 14:05.5 as she raced to a third place finish at the State Class AA cross country meet Saturday, just 23.5 seconds behind champion Maria Hauger of Shakopee, who set a new all-time course and Class AA record.

Bethany and her sister, Megan, competed for the second year at the state meet. Megan came in sixth overall in a field that featured all of the top-12 ranked runners in the Class AA division, running a 14:14.5.

Cross Country meet at St. Olaf

Megan (967) and Bethany (968) Hasz raced to the front of the pack at the start of the State Class AA girls’ cross country meet at St. Olaf College in Northfield Saturday. The two runners were sixth and third respectively in the field of 174 runners. Both girls earned All-State honors for their finishes. Contributed Photo

“Bethany and Megan concluded the 2012 cross country season with exceptional races
that put them on the podium and earned them All-State honors,” said Alexandria head
coach Mark Nelsen. “Maria Hauger, the three-time defending state champion, bolted off
the starting line with a pack of five in pursuit.

Megan & Bethany, side by side

Megan (center) and Bethany (right) Hasz were neck and neck with Danielle Anderson of Eagan at the 500-meter mark of the State Class AA girls’ cross country race Saturday. Anderson was fourth, Megan Hasz was sixth and Bethany Hasz was third. Rand Middleton, West Central Tribune

“Megan led this pack, with Bethany following close behind. It was the fastest that Bethany and Megan have come through the 800 and 1,600-meters
all season.

“Hauger separated herself from the field, winning her fourth state individual championship
in cross country with a time of 13:42.

“Bethany and Megan battled with Jenna Truedson from Bemidji, Danielle Anderson fromEagan and Anna French from Wayzata throughout the race,” Nelsen said. “Bethany went on to finish third with a personal best time behind Hauger and French. Megan finished sixth behind Truedson from Bemidji.

“Bethany and Megan Hasz are great competitors and have had an amazing season.”
Hauger’s time bettered the record of 13:54.7 that was set by Brita Wetch of Holy Family Catholic in the 2005 Class A race over the course that measures 4,000 meters. She also broke the Class AA record of 13:59.3, held by Elizabeth Yetzer of Lakeville North.

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