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NORTHFIELD -- Conditions were near perfect at the St. Olaf College athletic fields on Saturday for a cross country meet but for Willmar, the Cardinals performance was less so.


The team finished 15th of 16 seven-member units running the Class AA boys 5k.

"Average, at best," assessed Willmar head coach Jerry Popp. He'd hoped for a top 12.

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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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