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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.


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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