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Observer/Advocate
P.O. Box 429
Mt. Lake, MN 56159
Phone: 507-427-2725
Fax: 507-427-2724


The section 3a country meet Thursday

will be a completely

new experience for most

runners this year, as the

location of the meet has

changed.

After being held in Adrian

for over a decade, the

section meet will be run at

the Madison Country Club

this season, meaning teams

from the south half of the

section will have to make

the long bus trip north.

The boys race will begin

at 4 p.m., with the girls

scheduled to begin at 4:45

p.m.

Mt. Lake Area Coach

Mike Nelson noted that

some members of the team

got a look at the course during

the MEA break, making

the drive to Madison for

some scouting.

“The report I got was

that the course is very flat,”

Nelson said. “It might even

be flatter than the Windom

course. But we saw that

the Madison golf course

is very small. As a result,

there are going to be a lot

of turns.

“It should be a very fanfriendly

course. But my

concern is that we don’t see

kids getting bottlenecked

going around those corners.

It looked like there

were even a couple of hairpin

turns.”

A flat course for the

section meet is a vast difference

than the rolling

hills of the Adrian course,

which is perhaps best

known for its brutal uphill

sprint to the finish line — a

feature similar to the

finishing area for the state

meet at St. Olaf College in

Northfield.

“I guess based on the

scouting report I heard, I

was a little surprised that

the meet would be run at

Madison,” Nelson said.

“But I know that it had

gotten to the point where

the northern teams in the

section were tired of driving

to Adrian for sections

every year.”

To find the last time the

section meet was held at a

site in the northern half,

you’d have to go back to

1996, when it was run at

Canby. The next-farthest

north site to host the section

meet in the past 20

years is Redwood Falls.

For the section meet,

the top two boys and girls

teams both qualify for team

competition at the state

meet. In addition, the top

eight individual finishers

who are not on a qualifying

team will also advance to

state.

Full results from the

meet will be posted on

www.windomnews.com on

Friday morning.

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