Bethany Hasz of Alexandria starts 2021 with the top time in the country

University of Minnesota Redshirt Senior Bethany Hasz of Alexandria starts 2021 with the top time in the country in the Women's 3000M.

NEW ORLEANS – We saw yet another historic performance to begin the collegiate indoor track & field season.

You better believe that effort was honored on Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) with our National Athletes of the Week.

  • NCAA Division I Men – Terryon Conwell, Clemson
  • NCAA Division I Women – Bethany Hasz, Minnesota
  • NCAA Division II Men – Tanner Berg, Northern State
  • NCAA Division II Women – Jordyn Huneke, Northern State

National Athlete of the Week is an award selected and presented by the USTFCCCA Communications Staff at the beginning of each week to eight collegiate indoor track & field athletes, when applicable (male and female for each of the three NCAA divisions and the NJCAA).

Nominations are open to the public. Coaches and sports information directors are encouraged to nominate their student-athletes; as are student-athletes, their families and friends, and fans of their programs. Nominated athletes are noticed before those athletes found through searching TFRRS.

The award seeks to highlight not only the very best times, marks and scores on a week-to-week basis, but also performances that were significant on the national landscape and/or the latest in a series of strong outings. Quality of competition, suspenseful finishes and other factors will also play a role in the decision.

NCAA DIVISION I WOMEN – Bethany Hasz, Minnesota

RS Senior | Distance

Alexandria, Minnesota

Bethany Hasz ran alone to the top of the national leaderboard.

Hasz, a redshirt senior from Alexandria, Minnesota, virtually soloed a 9:24.49 3K this past weekend at the Hawkeye Border Battle. While there were 10 other competitors in the field, Hasz pulled away early and won by 20.03 seconds. She put two seconds between herself and eventual runner-up Anastasia Korzenowski after one lap and extended the lead from there.

This is the first time that a female athlete from Minnesota has been named National Athlete of the Week during the indoor season.

Hasz' season-opening time is about 13 seconds of her career-best and Minnesota program record time of 9:11.46. Hasz's time leads the nation so far this season.