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Willmar Winged Foot RC third at Nike regional run

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

“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