Nike National High School Cross Country Meet


This meet took place in Portland, Oregon, on Saturday, December 7.  It was cold!  This is the Heartland Region team – that would be us.  All photos herein were provided by Doug Hasz, who had a family relationship interest in the results.  😉  ]

Tom,  Here are some pictures from Portland.  Bethany is #163 was 13th time of
17:54 and Megan is #162 was 53rd time of 18:29.7.  Jenna Truedson #161 from
Bemidji is on the far right, she was 75th with a time of 18:47.4.  The Wayzata girls team took 1st place.  ~ Doug


[And here come Jenna (161), Bethany (163), and Megan (162) – if you run their jersey number backwards you would get the order of finish 1, 2, 3 in the Minnesota state meet.  Then Bethany and Megan went out and finished 1-2 in the Heartland Region meet (which, as I recall, includes Iowa, Wisconsin, the Dakotas, and Nebraska).]


[Yea, sometimes I crop ’em for a closer-upper.]


[Looks like Best Buy on Black Friday!]


[Hang with ’em, girls!]




[Good shots, Doug.  You must have done some running yourself to get them?]



[Bethany and Megan usually jump out to the lead and hold it for the rest of the race.  They knew that was going to be tough in this race.]



[Interesting shot.]


[Go, Megan!]


[Hay bales?]





[With their proud coach, Mark Nelsen, who promised them he would be there if they made it!  🙂  Hopefully, Mark will have to come out of retirement for a couple more trips to Portland.  The girls are just sophomores.]



[And the proud family!  🙂  ]


[Ok, let’s see if I get any of this right.  Mark’s daughter and grandson who came down from the state of Washingon for the meet?]

It somehow seems appropriate that the Minneapolis StarTribune today published the following column by Gail Rosenblum about female athletes:

Gail and I are close personal friends and communicate often by e-mail.  (OK, I made that first part up.  😉  )

Tuesday night was a banner night for Cardinal sports.  The girls and boys basketball and hockey teams all won!  The boys are undefeated in both sports and the girls b’ball team is also undefeated.  We have girls’ hockey tonight, I believe still waiting for them to get totally healthy.

Up next:  Let me guess, hockey?  (BTW, I remember I ran once.  Then I promised myself to never do it again!)

About tomobert63

The Journey Begins Thanks for joining me! This is the follow-up to the original, “,” which overwhelmed the system’s ability to handle it any more. Thus, this is “Part 2.” As the original was initially described: 10-26-07-4 “It all began in a 5,000 watt radio station in Fresno, California” . . . wait a minute, that was Ted Baxter on the Mary Tyler Moore Show! Let’s see . . . oh yeah, it all began in 2003 when retirees, i.e., old people, in Alexandria, Minnesota, who had no desire to become snow birds, went looking for mid-winter entertainment here in the frozen tundra of West Central Minnesota. We discovered girls’ high school hockey, fell in love immediately, and it remains our favorite spectator sport to this day. Initially, and for several years, reports on these games were e-mailed to those who were actually snowbirds but wanted to keep abreast of things “back home.” It was ultimately decided a blog would be more efficient, and it evolved into a personal diary of many things that attracts tens of readers on occasion. It remains a source of personal mental therapy and has yet to elicit any lawsuits. ~ The Editor, May 9, 2014 p.s. The photo border around the blog is the Cardinal girls’ hockey team after just beating Breck for the state championship in 2008. It’s of the all-tournament team. The visible Breck player on the left is Milica McMillen, then an 8th-grader – she is now an All-American for the Gophers. The Roseau player in the stocking cap I believe is Mary Loken, who went on to play for UND; and the Cardinal player on the right, No. 3, is Abby Williams, the player we blame most for making us girls’ hockey fans who went on to play for Bemidji State. *********************************************************************************** Photos contained herein are available for personal use. All you have to do is double click on any of the photos and they will become full screen size. You can then save them into your personal “My Pictures” file. They make lovely parting or hostess gifts, or holiday gifts for such as Uncle Ernie who wants to see how his grand niece is doing on the hockey team. If any are sold for personal profit, however, to, for example, the Audubon Society, National Geographic, Sven’s Home Workshop Monthly, Curling By The Numbers, or the World Wrestling Federation, I only request that you make a donation to the charitable organization of your choice. You have two hours and fifteen minutes. Pencils ready? Begin! **********************************************************************************
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