The Minnesota Association of USA Track & Field selected Bethany Hasz and Obsa Ali as USATF Minnesota’s Athletes of the Month for November 2013.
Hasz, a sophomore at Alexandria High School, won the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) AA cross-country title November 2 at St. Olaf College in Northfield. Her time in the 4K race was 13:53.1, 20 seconds ahead of the runner-up and the fastest time overall from both the AA and A races. Hasz then won the Nike Cross-Country Nationals (NXN) Heartland Regional race is Sioux Falls, South Dakota, clocking a 5K time of 17:17.5. She was followed by her twin sister Megan, who finished second at both races.
Ali, a senior at Richfield High School, won the MSHSL AA cross-country title November 2, running 15:15.2 for 5K. He finished two seconds ahead of runner-up Connor Olson of Wayzata despite losing his shoe partway through the race. Ali then placed second at the NXN Heartland Regional November 10, finishing in 15:11. Both will be participating in the NXN Nationals this weekend in Portland, OR.