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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
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
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.
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