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Willmar freshman Sophie Schmitz reaches the finish line at the Hamline University track in 58.64 in Friday’s AA 400-prelim’s second heat, narrowly missing a spot in the finals. Tribune photo by Rand Middleton

Willmar's Schmitz just misses at State 400 dash finals

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ST. PAUL – So close!

Willmar Cardinals freshman Sophie Schmitz placed tenth of 17 hopefuls in the Class AA prelims of the 400 dash late Friday morning at Klas Field on the Hamline University campus.


The top nine advanced to the finals on Day 2 of the State Track and Field meet.

“Gosh, just missed the podium,” said Willmar’s lone State qualifier.

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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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