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Runners get wet, wild

Wildcat Mitch Lenneman navigates the brush along the South Fork during the River Falls Extreme Meet Thursday.

Seventeen high school cross country teams from Wisconsin and Minnesota kicked off the 2011 season at the River Falls Extreme Invitational Thursday in and around the South Fork of the Kinnickinnic River on the campus of UW-River Falls.

Participants started on the UWRF intramural fields and proceeded along a course that included two trips through the South Fork.

Runners jumped about five feet off the bank into the stream and ran about 150-yards downstream in ankle to thigh-deep water, emerging from the river up a steep slope next to the footbridge behind the UWRF power plant.

In addition to River Falls, other local teams at the meet included Ellsworth, New Richmond, Prescott, Somerset, Spring Valley, Hastings and Red Wing.

See the Aug. 31 print edition of the River Falls Journal for complete results and story.

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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