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Willmar cross country preview

Central Lakes Conference: Boys second, girls third

Section 2AA: Boys second, girls seventh

Class AA State Meet: Boys 14th

Season opener: today, 10 a.m. at Moorhead Invitational

Cardinal Invitational: Oct. 3 at Eagle Creek Golf Club

Central Lakes championships: Oct. 20 at Willmar

Section 2AA: Oct. 29, site to be announced

State meet: Nov. 7, St. Olaf, Northfield.

(Returning letterwinners in bold)

Seniors: Erin Sheehan, Jayne Cole, Jackie Johnson

Sophomores: Marin Hanson

Freshman: Cassandra Johnson

Eighth grade: Paige Kester, Tara Rude

(Returning letterwinners in bold)

Seniors: C.J. Seifert, Matt Weitzel, Dan Voss

Juniors: Anders Byberg, Derek Ballandby, Matt Konieczny

Sophomores: Alex Johannes, Mowlid Mohamud

The boys will be trying for a sixth straight state trip, though it will be difficult after graduating Mahad Hussan, who took third in 2008. Voss, Weitzel, Konieczny, Mohamud and Ballandby were on the Cardinals' state meet team. Returning MVP Jayne Cole will lead the girls team. Willmar will take about 60 runners to the 13-team Moorhead meet which will include junior high and JV races.

*Note: Full rosters were unavailable at press time.

Rand Middleton
Tribune photographer/videographer. Began working in radio and at weekly newspaper in Munising, Michigan, in 1972. Started parttime at West Central Daily Tribune Sept. 1974. Fulltime news/sports beginning Feb. 1979. Married to Tribune news clerk Donna (Miller) Middleton, formerly of Kerkhoven. 2 grown children. 
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