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by Flavia Brakling, Sports editor

Klausen, who has won three of four races this season, won the men’s 8K in 26:37. Sea Warriors Casper Dahl, also of Denmark, finished second in 26:48, while Attilla Hegyaljai of Hungary finished third overall in 26:59.

Klausen said the Sea Warrior men talked prior to the race and decided not to go out too fast and to work together. “That worked out pretty well,” Klausen, a senior, said. “Then it was about which one of us had the most. It was me today.”

Klausen added that the humid conditions made it a hard race. “It was hard to breathe.” Adding to the challenge was a partly muddy course.

As for the rest of the year, Klausen said that his goal is to “do well at the regionals” and see how far it takes him.

The Sea Warriors won with 32 points, 11 better than second place BYU-H. The HPU men now have three team wins, and Klausen said he has “great” expectations for the men’s team, especially after beating Division I University of Houston the week before.

“ If we can keep it up in practice,” Klausen added, “then it looks very good for us the rest of the season.”

Brasen took the lady’s 5K in 18:42, and fellow Lady Sea Warrior Inga Burger of Germany finished second in 18:56. Another HPU Dane, Anne Olesen, finished fourth in 19:37. Olesen won the first two races of the season.

The Lady Sea Warriors won with 30 points, followed by BYUH with 49. The HPU women also have three team wins.

“ It’s great,” said Olesen of her individual win and the team’s success.
Olesen did not want to make predictions. “I just try to do as good as possible.”
HPU has three men and three women from Denmark on its cross country squads. And the coach, Christian Friis, is also a Dane.

But Friis said that he does not seek out Danes. The team has runners from Japan, Austria, Sweden, and more.

“ I prefer to have an international team,” Friis said.
TOP: BYU-H’s Joseph Sybrowski leads HPU’s Attilla Hegyaljai, Casper Dahl, and Jacob Klausen at the BYU-Hawai‘i Invitational in Laie Sept. 24. Klausen, Dahl, and Hegyaljai soon passed Sybrowski and finished first, second, and third, respectively. Sybrowski dropped to sixth. The Sea Warriors won the meet with 32 points over BYUH’s 42 points.
LEFT: HPUs Louise Brasen, left, and Inga Burger respond to the starting gun at the BYU-Hawai‘i Invitational in Laie Sept. 24. Brasen won the women’s 5K race in 18:42, while Dahl finished second in 18:56. The Lady Sea Warriors won the meet with 30 points, followed by BYU-H with 49.
Photo Baxter Cepeda


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