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Right: Willmar's Central Lakes Conference champion boys team that will be running for a return trip to state today at Bemidji. Kneeling, Jack Erickson; middle row, from left, Jay Coquyt, Zach Leuders, Tom Seifert, Austin Miley, Ian Thompson; back row, from left, Ryan Sawyer, Connor Haugen, Sam Anez.

Prep cross country: After Central Lakes wins, Willmar aims for state

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WILLMAR -- Section Cross-Country is all or nothing.

It is one day, one try.

There's no second half, no comeback bracket, no last at bat, no overtime.


The top two teams qualify for the state meet. Eight individuals, exclusive of the teams, also will advance.

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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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