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All-time great - Kirby Symes

Bob Burrows photo.

Long-time local official Kirby Symes acknowledges the crowd at the beginning of last Saturday's second day of the 2013 WIAA State Track and Field Championships at Veterans Memorial Sports Complex in La Crosse. Symes has worked as an official at the state track and field meet 49 straight years, including the last 32 as the meet's head field referee. This year marked his final state meet and he was honored by the WIAA before Saturday's session. Bob Burrows photo