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File photo The Cardinals girls varsity cross-country team will be the youngest line-up at the AA State Meet on Saturday in Northfield.

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It's been 10 years since Willmar sent a girls cross country team to Northfield. In that time, the Cardinals boys raked in a pair of Class AA titles and a runner-up plaque in eight appearances. But this fall the boys missed by a little while the girls will run the 4,000-meters at St. Olaf College.


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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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