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Tribune photo by Rand Middleton Junior achievement: These three leaders on the Cardinal boys track team are 11th graders and each returning CLC All-Conference. From left, Chris Cunningham (200 dash), Jordan Linde (high jump) and Tom Seifert (800 run).

Willmar notebook: CLC track titles up for grabs today


At the girls CLC track and field meet today at Sauk Rapids (3 p.m. start), expect  Alexandria, Sartell and Willmar  to finish at the top of the heap. But in what order?

Head coach Jerry Popp admits he doesn’t take aim on the CLC like he does True Team and preparing for the Section 2AA meet, which leads to the State meet. He claims that’s a holdover from over two decades coaching in western North Dakota where there was small emphasis on conferences.

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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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