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Willmar Winged Foot RC third at Nike regional run

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The Willmar Winged Foot Running Club took third on Sunday at the Nike Heartland National Qualifying at Yankton Trails in Sioux Falls, S.D.

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“Our girls got a very surprising third,” said Willmar coach Jerry Popp. “We were one team spot away from advancing to Nike Nationals in Portland in December. It was a super race for our top 5 in a tough field.”

The top dozen teams from Minnesota competed along with state champions from the midwest and plains states. Wayzata and East Ridge finished 1-2 with Bethany and Megan Hasz of Alexandria running 1-2 individually, just as they did in the Class AA State Meet Nov. 2.

Willmar (Girls) Winged Foot Running Club results, 5k: (39) Samantha Hanson 18:50.7 (48) Sophie Schmitz 19:04.6 (64) Jessa Hanson 19:14.6 (65) Serena Monson 19:14.6 (112) Kayla Rudie 19:50.1 (133) Courtney Hanson 21:52.6 (234) Ashlyn Boehm 21:53.2

Area Boys, 5k: (53) Tom Seifert, Willmar, 16:18 (135) Nadir Yusuf, Willmar, 17:01 (165) Ben Burgett, Spicer, 17:17

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