The Breckenridge cross country teams headed over to Hawley, Minn., Monday for the Hawley Booster Invite.

“This was a much smaller meet than last week’s in Fergus. There were 609 runners total last Thursday; today we had 75,” Breckenridge coach Randy Berndt. “That gave our people an excellent opportunity to earn places, and they did. This is also a very hilly course, and I thought our runners handled it pretty well.”

The Cowgirls in particular ran hard, finshing in second place as a team. They were led again by the speedy Ashley Hasbargen who took second place in a time of 18:17. Behind her effort were teammates Morgan LeNoue, Haley Bommersbach, Tierza Engen, Jasmine Allard and Britta Manning, who finished in order from ninth to 13th place.

“Ashley had another good race, with a very nice 2nd place finish,” Berndt said. “It’s exciting to also note that runners 2 – 5 for us today are all new to the team this year. As they gain more confidence, those runners wiil begin to feel comfortable enough to take some more chances, push the pace, and elevate the level of the whole group.”

For the Cowboys, the team was led across the finish line by Matthew Wermerskirchen in 14th place, with a time of 21:09. He was followed by Brock Pearson (18th) and Cole Skoblik (23rd).

“Just like he has all season, Matthew Wermerskirchen was top runner for the boys. He is one of those runners who seems to do better on hills than on the flats, so this course appealed to him in that sense,” Berndt said.

Breckenridge is back in action on Thursday, heading on the road for a race in Perham, Minn.

“We don’t have a lot of time to rest. We are getting down to the nitty-gritty now,” Berndt said. “his is where we should be peaking, and for the most part, I feel we are on track.”

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