A pair high school cross country champions have been named USA Track and Field-Minnesota Athletes of the Month for November, the organization recently announced.
Maria Hauger, a junior at Shakopee High School, was honored for winning her third-straight Minnesota State High School League Class AA girls' cross country title last month. Hauger ran 14:05 over the 4-kilometer St. Olaf College course for a dramatic come-from-behind victory over Alexandria's Jamie Piepenburg.
Byron Schuldt, a senior at Nevis High School, was recognized for winning the MSHSL Class A boys' title. Schuldt, who was ranked only seventh in Class A entering the meet outran the field for his first state title. He clocked 15:56 on the boys' 5-kilometer course.
USA Track & Field Minnesota selects Athletes of the Month to honor excellence in track and field and its related sports in Minnesota.
A listing of USATF-Minnesota's Athletes of the Month for 2011 can be found HERE.