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Brainerd's Kelsi Ring, left, and West Fargo's Ellie Grooters and Jill Gustafson run a heat race in the 100-meter hurdles during the Moorhead Athletic Association meet at Concordia in April. David Samson/The Forum

Strength in numbers: WF track coach points to junior high program as key to succes

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Sometimes, a high school sports team gets lucky and suddenly finds itself with talented underclassmen at the beginning of the season.

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Sometimes, but not often.

For teams to be consistent, luck only goes so far. Having a successful program that introduces athletes into a sport at a young age is critical for varsity-level growth. West Fargo track and field coach Darin McKinnon knows this all too well.

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