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Hurley breaks school record, 4x800 relay team second at Hamline Elite Meet

Billy Beseman, left, battled food poisoning and along with the 4x800m relay team (Carignan, Coach Morris, Dahms, Speicher) finished runners-up. Submitted photo.

ST. PAUL — Members of the Perham boys’ track and field team ran three remarkable races at the Hamline Elite Meet held this past weekend.

Keeghan Hurley, Perham’s top distance runner, set a new 3200m run school record finishing in a time of  9:21.37. The 3200 is equivalent to two miles. Kevin Lachowitzer held the former record of 9:28.81.

Lachowitzer was the 2006 class A cross country state champion and finished runner-up in the 3200m state meet twice during his career.

Hurley was the top-ranked class A runner in the race running nearly eight seconds in front of last season’s 3200m class A state champion, who also beat Hurley at November’s state cross country meet.

“It was pretty magical to watch him break the record,” Coach Jeff Morris said. “Kevin and Keeghan are both special kids. I talked to Kevin the night before and he was hoping Keeghan would get out there and run fast and challenge it.”

The 4x800 relay team had a challenge of their own, namely an attack of food poisoning for Billy Beseman.

“Definitely one of the more painful races of my life,” Beseman said. “All day long, I was willing to run but wasn't expecting to, at all, because we all knew I wouldn't be at my best.”

Beseman did run and showed an amazing effort anchoring in 2:05.

“We put him anchor in case he needed to drop out,” Morris said.

Hurley had been considered as a replacement for Beseman, but the team voted to allow Hurley to run the 3200m fresh.

“When the seniors decided to let Keeghan run his 2-mile fresh and risk our race I accepted it and told myself I was going to go compete with the rest of the racers,” said Beseman. “It turned out to be a good decision because of the record Keeghan set running his incredible time. The seniors also came up with a great idea to have me run last in the relay instead of first so if I felt I couldn't finish at least they still got to compete. This relieved a ton of pressure off me which helped me to run at my capability.”

The relay team finished second overall, running a 8:09.

Speicher led off, Dahms completed the second leg, Carignan was third and Beseman anchored.

“It was just inspirational to watch,” Morris said.

Speicher’s day was not finished. One hour after the 4x800, he ran the mile in 4:35.46 for 14th place.

Speicher was one of only two racers in the mile field  to complete the tough double. The other racer who ran the 4x800 before the mile finished last.

“You can see how that is an extremely tough double,” Morris said.

2013 Hamline Elite Meet

Friday, April 26

Hamline University

Perham Results

Boys 4x800 Meter Relay

Meet Record: $ 8:00.07 2007 Willmar High School, Willmar

School Seed Finals

1 Bemidji 'A' 8:06.75 8:03.03

1) Carlson, Sam 2) Hendrickson, Elias 3) Gubbels, Nick 4) Nelson, Gunnar

2 Perham 'A' 8:14.70 8:09.82

1) Speicher, Brady 2) Dahms, Dalton 3) Carignan, Nick 4) Beseman, Billy

3 Roseville 'A' 8:29.84 8:18.22

4 Moorhead 'A' 8:28.61 8:18.72

5 Hutchinson 'A' 8:42.74 8:19.61

6 Winona Cotter 'A' 8:23.24 8:20.13

7 Owatonna 'A' 8:44.16 8:24.12

8 Champlin Park 'A' 8:51.04 8:24.74

9 Wayzata 'A' 8:12.04 8:25.19

10 Pine Island 'A' 8:41.77 8:29.74

11 Esko 'A' 8:37.05 8:37.99

12 Mankato East 'A' 8:40.78 8:47.88

Boys 3200 Meter Run

Meet Record: $ 8:59.18 2006 Mike Torchia, Rochester Lourdes

Name Year School Seed Finals

1 Duerr, Joey Chaska 9:23.34 9:08.18

2 Colvin, Eric Stillwater 9:16.67 9:14.04

3 Olson, Connor Wayzata 9:24.76 9:14.63

4 Ali, Obsa Richfield 9:36.50 9:16.85

5 Hurley, Keeghan Perham 9:38.60 9:21.37* *school record

Keeghan Hurley is the new 3200m school record holder. Submitted photo. 

6 McDermott, Jake Cretin-Derham Hall 9:23.70 9:21.41

7 Burke, Will Edina 9:19.41 9:25.32

8 Hall, Wayde Stillwater 9:19.68 9:25.82

9 Lawrence, Charlie Foley 9:22.92 9:29.97

10 Lumbar, Matt Edina 9:28.20 9:30.00

11 Barlow, Isaiah Hutchinson 9:35.89 9:30.19

12 Capra, Trevor Rosemount 9:35.70 9:33.09

13 Docherty, Kevin Cretin-Derham Hall 9:13.30 9:36.97

14 Jankowski, Jacob Forest Lake 9:43.52 9:41.49

15 Bule, Ahmed St Paul Central 9:39.00 9:44.28

16 Knoll, Peter Edina 9:44.10 9:47.80

17 Carlson, Sam Bemidji 9:38.60 9:51.83

Boys 1600 Meter Run

Meet Record:  4:15.16 2008 Andy Richardson, Irondale

Name Year School Seed Finals

1 Krahn, Eli Stillwater 4:25.13 4:18.59

2 Bjork, Sean Stillwater 4:18.68 4:22.30

3 Pettit, Dan Buffalo 4:20.28 4:22.43

4 Wiebke, Derek Kasson-Mantorville 4:24.94 4:23.36

5 Golebiowski, Nick St Cloud Cathedral 4:15.81 4:23.76

6 Streich, Shane Waseca 4:19.25 4:24.67

7 Meados, Chris Andover 4:23.99 4:25.42

8 Hyytinen, Justin Farmington 4:33.19 4:26.56

9 Kvidera, Scott Minnetonka 4:29.13 4:26.79

10 Sage, Brendan St/ Michael-Al 4:23.24 4:28.52

11 Hessini, Andre Mounds View 4:29.32 4:29.96

12 Hess, Jonathan Bloomington Kennedy 4:32.14 4:30.81

13 Campbell, Drew Mahtomedi 4:31.70 4:30.86

14 Speicher, Brady Perham 4:30.03 4:35.46

15 Keller, Jonathan Centennial 4:26.17 4:36.10

16 Hozerland, Mark Owatonna 4:26.04 4:46.09

Robert Williams

Sports Editor at the Detroit Lakes Tribune. Williams worked prior as the Sports Editor in Perham for the Focus, a Forum Communications newspaper, from 2010-14. 

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