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We all know that Bethany Hasz (Alexandria High School) is one of the more accomplished Minnesota High School runners of all time. She won two state titles in the 1600m, one state title in the 3200m, two cross country state titles, and a combined 15 conference and section titles. She also won the Nike Cross Nationals Heartland Regional title twice.
High School Results
As accomplished as she was in high school, she never had the collegiate accomplishments to match...until now!
Just in the past two months, Hasz has added a bevy of titles and accomplishments to her resume, and the scary thing is, as good as she was this year, she still has another year of eligibility left to make her mark as a Gopher.
Here is her timeline for the past 47 days:
January 30th: Became the individual Big Ten XC Champion and led the Gophers to a 2nd place finish as a team.
February 12: PR'd in the 3k with a time of 8:59.37 at the Hawkeye B1G Invitational. That time is the best indoor 3k time in Gophers history.
February 25th: Won the Big Ten Indoor Championships 3k Final and helped lead the women to the team title, the programs first since 2018 and fifth overall. Was also named to the All-Big Ten First Team
March 12: Ran in the 5k at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships and became the NCAA Runner-Up with a time of 15:49.62. With that performance, she also earned First Team All-America accolades.
March 13: Won the prestigious NCAA Elite 90 Award. The Elite 90 Award recognizes the true essence of the student-athlete by honoring the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the national championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers. Fellow Gopher Alec Basten won the award for the men.
March 15: Finished in 8th place and became an All-American at the NCAA D1 Cross Country Championships. Led the team to a fifth-place finish, which was their best finish at cross country nationals ever.
March 17: Named Big Ten Women's Indoor Track and Field Athlete of the Year.
With all those accomplishments and her meteoric rise in her college career, we can't wait to see what she does this outdoor track and field season and what she does with her next year of eligibility.
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