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With 6 in top 7, Willmar repeats in CLC boys race

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With 6 in top 7, Willmar repeats in CLC boys race
Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

ST. CLOUD -- In a domineering performance, the Willmar Cardinals' boys cross-country team blew away the competition at the 10-team Central Lakes Conference meet on a windy day at Greystone Country Club.

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Abdi Awale in first place led five teammates in the top seven and eight in the first 13 runners. The 19 points were only four more than the minimum possible. Brainerd finished second with 71 and Alexandria third with 82. Brainerd's Justin Tyner in second place was the only non-Cardinal in the top seven.

It was Willmar's second straight Central Lakes title.

The Willmar girls were fifth in a race won by Sartell. Rachel Nelson in eight place was the top runner for the Cardinals.

Awale finished in 16:06, eight seconds up on Tyner. Then came the Willmar pack: Mohammed Bedel third in 16:32 followed by Mike Switzer in 16:47, Dustin Geselius in 17:01 and Paul Kimpling in 17:14. After that was Scott Boros in 10th at 17:20 and Andrew Nicklawsky in 13th at 17:36.

Willmar, state runner-up in 2004, has been the No. 1 rated team in Class AA all fall.

Nelson finished in 16:05 for all-conference honors. Danielle Erickson was 25th in 16:52, all-CLC honorable mention.

BOYS Team scoring

(1) Willmar 19 (2) Brainerd 71, (3) Alexandria 82 (4) St. Cloud Tech 141 (5) Sartell 147 (6) Sauk Rapids 167 (7) Fergus Falls 179 (8) Rocori 181 (9) Little Falls 241 (10) St. Cloud Apollo 263

Individual

TOP FIVE -- (1) Abdi Awale, Wil, 16:06 (2) Justin Tyner, Brd, 16:14 (3) Mohamed Bedel, Wil, 16:32 (4) Mike Switzer, Wil, 16:47 (5) Mustafa Yusuf 16:52

WILLMAR -- (6) Dustin Geselius 17:01 (7) Paul Kimpling 17:14 (10) Scott Boros 17:20 (13) Andrew Nicklawsky 17:36

GIRLS Team scoring

(1) Sartell 59 (2) Fergus Falls 52 (3) Brainerd 69 (4) Alexandria 75 (5) Willmar 120 (6) Little Falls 150 (7) Rocori 223 (8) St. Cloud Tech 2e32 (9) Sauk Rapids 242

Individual

TOP FIVE -- (1) Liz Vold, Sar, 15:27 (2) Heidi Peterson, Sar, 15:36 (3) Anna Van Wechel, FF, 15:51 (4) Katelyn Ellison, Alx, 15:59 (5) Hannah Kellerman, Sar, 16:02

WILLMAR -- (8) Rachel Nelson 16:05 (25) Danielle Erickson 16:52 (27) Brin Hanson 16:55 (28) Jayne Cole 16:59 (32) Jackie Johnson 17:08 (45) Katie Holmgren 17:37 (48) Laura Torgerson 17:49 (49) Britta Pederson 18:01

Next: Willmar, Oct. 27, Section 2AA, at Waconia

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