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Moreland 5K and Mini Track Meet is June 12

The Pat Moreland 5K Run and Mini Track meet has been set for Saturday, June 12 at the Gordon L. Nelson Athletic Complex at Northwestern High School in Maple.

Lance and Billy

The Pat Moreland 5K Run and Mini Track meet has been set for Saturday, June 12 at the Gordon L. Nelson Athletic Complex at Northwestern High School in Maple.

Sponsored by the National Bank of Commerce and The American Family Insurance Agencies of both Karen Korhonen and Lori Severson, the event is dedicated to Pat Moreland, a living legend in the area. Moreland influenced many during his teaching career of over 30 years, awed thousands with his pitching prowess for over 20 years as a crafty southpaw for the Poplar baseball team, and has inspired countless others with his dedication to distance running.

He has also run every day since Dec. 10, 1987, approaching a total of nearly 60,000 miles.

Last year's inaugural event produced a special treat for Pat as his grandson, Kels Moreland, a junior at the University of Oklahoma, held off Hayward's Jason Jorczak and Lake Nebagamon's Jon Lindberg to capture first place.

In the female divisions, the overall winner was Northwestern eighth grader Jordan Johnson, followed by Melanie Gehl and Dawn Long.

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Ninety nine runners registered for last year's race and over 50 more participated in the Mini Track Meet. A special touch was the "lap with Pat" as his family joined him in a ceremonial lap around the new surface. (Pat also completed the 5K.) Pat and wife, Leona, have nine children; Patti (Calvin Pearson), Keith (Nancy), Scott (Peggy), Karen (Bob Coleman), "Bear" (Patty), Rick, Donnie, Mary (Tim Ries) and Shari (Keith Olson).

The 5K has nine separate age divisions enabling runners of all ages to compete for prizes.

The Mini-Track Meet will have the long jump, football toss and dashes of 50, 100, 200 and 400 meters. Challenge races also are encouraged. Kids games will add to the excitement.

The event is a fund raiser for the Gordon L. Nelson Athletic Complex. The 5K will begin at 9 a.m. with the Mini Track Meet at 10: a.m. the registration on race day will be from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. Pre registration fee is $12 and is $15 on race day. Participants will get a Pat Moreland 5K and Mini Track Meet T shirt.

To pre-register, or for more information, call Shari at 372-5022 or Mike at 364-2606 or Email solson@maple.k12.wi.us or mike@oulu.us .

Boyleings in the Pirkolater

l WIAA certified official Mike Jahn will be the official starter for the Mini Track Meet. In last year's challenge races, Billy Pirkola overcame a 20-meter deficit to defeat Lance Boyle when Lance stopped to engage in idle conversation with a fan. (Lance had a 30-meter head start). In another challenge race, QBall of WNXR edged out Sportscaster Terry Hendrick in a 50 meter backwards race. A special challenge race this year is expected to be between Noah Krieg and Trey Carter at 50 meters in the 4-and 5-year-old division. Billy Pirkola is planning on challenging a much younger Austin Lind to a race and is pondering the distance at this time. Lind is a college student and a former football and track standout for the Tigers.

l Northwestern's opening regional baseball game is at 2 p.m. today in order to accommodate tonight's graduation ceremonies, which begin at 8. The Tigers have three seniors on coach Steve Lahti's team: Timmy Follis, Donnie Hissa and Nick Lahti. (Billy Pirkola wants to point out that all three have grandparents that hail from Oulu.) The Tigers' opponent is Siren-Webster and they have merged Siren's school color (green) with Webster's orange to create sharp uniforms ala the Miami Hurricanes. The game will be broadcast on WNXR 107.3 radio and webcast on www.ifan.tv on your computer.

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l At the time of this writing Lance and Billy were eagerly awaiting the results of the boys and girls track sectional's from Colby and also the girls softball score from Brule. Look to other parts of Telegram sports pages for those results.

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