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Tribune photo by Rand Middleton Willmar’s Thomas Seifert and Nadir Yusuf, after taking the lead late in the 5k, near the No. 17 roller and the final climb to the finish Saturday at Eagle Creek.

Prep cross country: Seifert, Yusuf, Hanson sisters star for Willmar

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WILLMAR — Thomas Seifert and Nadir Yusuf ran 1-2 in the boys varsity 5k and the Willmar girls, paced by sisters Samantha and Jessa Hanson, placed second to Bismarck Century to highlight the Glacial Lakes Cross-Country Invitational on Saturday.

Seifert, a senior, jumped from ninth place a year ago on the hilly Eagle Creek Back 9, a former pasture turned golf course 83 years ago. His winning time of 16:42 was 49 seconds faster than a year ago.

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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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