The Wahpeton and Breckenridge cross country teams met up in nearby Fergus Falls, Minn., Thursday afternoon for the John Hermes Cross Country Race. As the Cowgirls, Huskies and Cowboys make their respective pushes toward season-end competition, it was yet another fantastic test of athletic exuberance on display.

Both coaches said they were pleased with their team’s hustle during the race.

“This is the hilliest course we see and it can be quite challenging, but our runners put out gutsy efforts and took on the challenge,” Wahpeton coach Larry Lasch said.

Leading the way during the girls run was Breckenridge’s Ashley Hasbargen, who paced herself well en route to a 23rd place finish in a time of 16:34.

“In a year where Ashley has been improving every meet, she ran by far her best race of the year,” Breckenridge coach Randy Berndt said. “We challenged her to go out a little faster today, which was necessary with this level of competition. She did, and it appears it paid off today.”

Other finishers for the Cowgirls included Haley Bommersbach in 69th place and Jasmine Allard in 70th place.

For the Huskies, Courtney Breuer finished in 30th place while Sam Klocke was strong in 35th.

“Courtney and Sam are running very well right now, every meet I see their confidence improving,” Lasch said.

On the boys’ side, Wahpeton’s Jake Ries crossed the line first for the Twin Towns, taking 26th. Other finishers for Wahpeton included Derek Meyer in 32nd and 65th for Codie Ward.

“I thought that Jake and Cody ran very good races today,” Lasch said. “They both had a good week of practice and it showed today.”

For the Cowboys, Matthew Wermerskirchen had the best day in an 82nd-place finish, followed by Brock Pearson in 110th place.

“Matthew is once again taking on the leadership role for the boys, coming in first for the boys and improving his time from previous meets,” Berndt said. “Brock Pearson is also coming along nicely.”

The Wahpeton and Breckenridge cross country teams will see each other again soon, as next up for each school is next Saturday’s invite in Grand Forks.

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