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Athletes compete at the 2013 WIAA State Track and Field Championships Friday, May 31, in La Crosse.

Area athletes medal at state track meet

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River Falls' Mitch Lenneman and Trent Powell both reached the awards podium in the boys' 1600 meter run and Hudson's Taylor Steffen took home a medal in the girls' shot put at the 2013 WIAA State Track and Field Championships in La Crosse Saturday.

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Lenneman and Powell both broke the River Falls' school record in the 1600 meter run to finish fourth and fifth, respectively. Lenneman crossed the finish line in 4 minutes, 14.42 seconds while Powell was clocked at 4:14.77. Less than one second separated the second through fifth place finishers.

Tiano Pupungatoa was the only other Wildcat boy to score team points, finishing seventh in the discus with a throw of 153-feet, 2-inches. The Wildcat boys finished 23rd out of 54 teams that scored at the meet.

Steffen finished fifth in the shot put with a throw of 39-feet, 5.25-inches while Raider freshman Miranda Miller took eighth in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:18.92. Hudson's girls finished 42nd out of 65 teams.

Bryan Caffin had the highest finish for the Raider boys, finishing 13th in the discus with a throw of 142-10.

See the June 6 edition of the River Falls Journal and Hudson Star-Observer for complete coverage of the WIAA State Track and Field Championships.

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Bob Burrows
Bob Burrows has been sports editor at the River Falls Journal since 1996 and at the Hudson Star-Observer since 2009. Prior to joining the Journal, Burrows served as sports editor with Ledger Publications in Balsam Lake, Wis. A native of Bayonne, N.J. and a U.S. Navy veteran, Burrows attended Marquette University before completing his studies at UW-River Falls in 1992.
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