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Coming off the start line in Lane 23 in the girls Class AA 4k race at St. Olaf College in Northfield Saturday is the Willmar team, front row from left, Samantha Hanson, Jessa Hanson, Sophie Schmitz and Serena Monson; back, from left, Kayla Rudie, Savannah Anez and senior captain Tara Rudie. Tribune photo by Rand Middleton

Cross Country: Willmar girls 5th at Class AA meet; Seifert 19th in boys race

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NORTHFIELD — A junior leading three ninth-graders and a seventh-grader posted the best finish yet by a Willmar team at the girls Class AA State Cross Country meet Saturday at St. Olaf College.


Junior Sam Hanson, freshmen Jessa Hanson, Sophie Schmitz, and Kayla Rudie and seventh-grader Serena Monson placed fifth, a point behind fourth-place Chanhassen and seven off a podium finish.

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Rand Middleton

Covers Willmar and area high schools and Ridgewater College, plus amateur baseball, stock car racing and fitness events in summer. Writes weekly column since 1980. Began working in radio and at weekly newspaper in Munising, Michigan, in 1972. Started parttime at West Central Daily Tribune Sept. 1974. Fulltime beginning Feb. 1979. Married to Tribune news clerk Donna (Miller) Middleton, formerly of Kerkhoven. 2 grown children. 

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