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Maren Michelle Thurn, 10, of West Fargo throws a softball at the Hershey’s Track and Field Run, Jump and Throw National Finals in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Thurn took home a second-place medal. Submitted photo
Maren Michelle Thurn, 10, of West Fargo throws a softball at the Hershey’s Track and Field Run, Jump and Throw National Finals in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Thurn took home a second-place medal. Submitted photo
West Fargo’s Thurn takes second at Hershey Finals
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July 10 was an exciting day for Maren Michelle Thurn.

It was that day the 10-year-old Freedom Elementary student learned she had been selected to participate in the softball throw competition at the Hershey’s Track and Field Run, Jump and Throw National Finals.

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Thurn made the journey to Hershey, Pa., on Aug. 2, and on her third attempt chucked the softball 133 feet, 4 inches, a personal record and enough for a second-place finish.

Kayla Johnson won the event with a throw of 145 feet.

Since the first competition this year, Thurn’s distances have gotten better.

At regionals held at Fargo South in May, Thurn’s farthest throw was 124 feet, 4 inches, and at state in West Fargo, she finished with a toss of 126 feet, ¾ inches.

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