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    MN State track: Lancers' high hopes

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    By RICK SOLEM
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    ST. PAUL - Taylor Gibson, Brielle Bierman and Katie Shepardson should have their sights set high heading into the MSHSL Track and Field Championships.

    The La Crescent trio has some of the best times in the state heading into the Class A meet Friday and Saturday at Hamline University. The Class A meet begins at 3:30 p.m. Class AA begins at 9 a.m.

    %PM, %03 %042 %2013 %19:%Jun

    Pacers or Heat tonight? I can't decide

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    Before the Indiana Pacers-Miami Heat series started, I said the Eastern Conference Finals would be won by the Pacers in six games.

    I should have been right. The first game of this series should have been Indiana’s.

    %PM, %03 %021 %2013 %18:%Jun

    D2 state track future looks bright

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    The theme for the area’s girls in Division 2 Track And Field Championships could be “repeat offenders” or “defenders” in the case of Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau High School’s Annalese Lamke.

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    Aquinas' Christianson wraps up a runner-up

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    Michael Christianson wrapped up his high school career with quite a run.

    Coming off a second-place finish in the Division 2 cross country championships, the Aquinas senior came through with a second-place finish in the 3,200-meter run at the WIAA Track and Field championships.

    %PM, %03 %915 %2013 %15:%Jun

    Logan relay state champs...again

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    It’s hard to say what was more dramatic for the Logan High School girls 800-meter relay team.

    They repeated as state champs. Probably a sigh of relief after they were were three-tenths of a second from not making the Division 1 WIAA State Track and Field finals after a 10th-place preliminary race.

    If that wasn't nerve wracking enough, they were a blink of an eye 

    Three-tenths of a second slower and they’re not in the finals. But they were a blink of an eye ... or less from winning the title.

    %PM, %03 %828 %2013 %13:%Jun

    Sawyer, Neal leave state on medal stand

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    Central Sawyer Smith finished up his high school career with a pair of third-place finishes at the WIAA Division 1 track and field meet.

    Smith, who is headed to the University of Wisconsin on a half-scholarship to become a decathlete, finished third in both the long jump and 400-meter dash.

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    WIAA State Track local qualifiers

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    WIAA STATE TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS

    Friday-Saturday

    At UW-La Crosse’s Veterans Memorial Stadium

    TICKETS: Session 1 or 2, $8. All Day Pass, $12. Saturday Championship session, $8.

    SCHEDULEhttp://www.wiaawi.org/Portals/0/PDF/Sports/Track/2013statemeetschedule.pdf

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    UW-L men win it all, women take two events

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    The men earned a Division III national title as a team, and a pair of relay teams won national titles for the women.

    The UW-La Crosse men’s track and field team has won the Division III National Championship … again.

    For the 12th time – the most by any Division III school in history – the Eagles have finished champions. Saturday, UW-L edged out UW-Eau Claire by two points to win it all at Roger Harring Stadium.

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    UW-L looks for national titles

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    The UW-La Crosse men's and women's track and field teams are ranked Nos. 1 and 2, respectively, heading into today's Division III national championships.

    The events begin at 2 p.m. today and tomorrow and begin at 12:35 p.m. Saturday. They take place at UW-La Crosse’s Veterans Memorial Field.

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    Aquinas' bid for state

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    Maybe this can be a thing for the Aquinas High School track and field team.

    You win it all one year. We'll win it all the next.

    If that's the case, it's the boys turn.

    Two years ago, the Aquinas boys won a Division 2 state track and field championship.

    Last year, it was the girls turn behind a senior dominated performance.

    Now up, the boys again? Perhaps, depending on how they do at Thursday’s Division 2 sectional at Boscobel High School.