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November 2, 2012
By Rich Heilman of Lakeville North Cross Country

Friday, 11/2  
Pick up: LNHS   1:00pm  (State Meet Runners and Captains only) 
Destination: St. Olaf College. 
Dinner on return trip home at Noodles, Apple Valley.  Runners need ~10.00
Return LNHS approx 5:45 pm
Saturday, 11/3   (Any and all team members and any fans welcome on bus. First come, first served. Free ride and entry to meet, can't beat that price!)
Pick up: LNHS  10:00 am 
Destination: St. Olaf College.
Stop for dinner at BWW in Lakeville on return trip home.
Return 6:00 pm
Specators, wear your Panther Gear!!! Loud and Proud!
Boys' Panthers will be represented by Jason Windhorn (11), who will start in Lane 15 at 1:00 pm
The Girls' Panthers Team of:  Taylor Perkins (12), Amy Ferguson (12), Riley Broughten (11), Elle Severson (10), Taylor Loth (9), Emma Drangstveit (8), Danielle Bellino (7) and Kenzie Teague (7)  will start their 12 consecutive state meet appearance in Lane 19 at 2:00pm.
Meet Info
General News: (Race Times, Meet Parking
Class AA Boys Highlights
Eight of last year's 16 teams will be back, including the defending champions from Stillwater Area. The Ponies have five runners with previous state meet experience. Other teams returning from last year's meet are Owatonna, Rosemount, White Bear Lake Area, Centennial of Circle Pines, Mounds View, Edina, and Moorhead. The other teams in the field are Rochester Century, Orono, Chaska, Eastview of Apple Valley, Wayzata, Elk River, Chisago Lakes Area of Lindstrom, and Bemidji.
The final rankings from the state coaches association for the qualified teams are: 1. Stillwater Area; 2. Wayzata; 3. Edina; 7. Owatonna; 8. Rosemount; 9. Centennial; and 10. Bemidji.

Class AA Girls Highlights
Lakeville South, which placed second in 2011, is this year's highest returning qualifier. The Cougars have six runners with previous state meet experience. Ten additional teams also return from last year's field: Lakeville North, Chanhassen, Eagan, Prior Lake, East Ridge of Woodbury, Roseville Area, Totino-Grace of Fridley, Wayzata, Edina, and Forest Lake.
Teams from Chaska, Mounds View, Elk River, Moorhead, and Willmar round out this year's Class AA field.
The final rankings from the state coaches association for the qualified teams are: 1. Eagan; 2. Wayzata; 3. East Ridge; 4. Edina; 5. Chanhassen; 6. Lakeville South; 9. Willmar; and 10. Moorhead.

The Schedule
The Class A boys' race will start at 10 a.m., followed by the Class A girls' race at 11 a.m. The Class AA boys' race will start at 1 p.m., followed by the Class AA girls' race at 2 p.m.
A combined awards ceremony will take place approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of the girls' race in each class.

State Meet Directions/ Parking

To find St. Olaf College, take I-35 to the Highway 19/Northfield exit and drive east to the
campus. Follow the signs toward the Skoglund Athletic Center.

School teams, meet officials, media, and vehicles displaying handicapped passes will be allowed to park on the St. Olaf campus near the race course at Skoglund Athletic Center.
Spectator parking is available at four remote parking lots at the southeast end of St. Olaf campus. Large red signs will direct spectators to these lots. Shuttle service to and from campus will be provided from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The pick-up and drop-off points will be posted with large red “Bus Stop” signs.

Tournament Webcast
A composite highlight video will be produced at the meet and will be available for free viewing for seven days at www.Prep45.com sometime the following week.

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