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winter and spring seasons.

Former Alexandria cross country and track star Jamie Piepenburg is redshirting during her sophomore season at the University of Minnesota.

Piepenburg was the Gophers’ number nine runner at the Big Ten Championships as a freshman last year, where she finished 70th overall in a time of 21:52.5. Her best time of her freshman season came in 21:30 at the Wisconsin Adidas Invite.

Piepenburg is a biology major who is going pre med. That, coupled with the fact that this year’s Gophers team features a lot of upperclassmen runners,
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helped the former Cardinal decide that it was best both athletically and academically if she took an extra year.

“It’s going to be better to take five years,” she said last week. “I’m still training and still racing. Things are going really well. We’re just wrapping up the cross country season now and regionals and nationals for the team will be coming up. Then we’re getting ready to go into a little break before gearing up for track.”

Piepenburg is still able to train with her teammates and run unattached by getting herself to the meets. The initial jump from high school to the Big Ten as a freshman was an adjustment, but Piepenburg is healthy and excited about her future with the Gophers.

“There’s so many different adjustments,
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” she said of the jump. “Not even just racing. It’s living in the dorms, having a lot more school work. There were a lot of adjustments that just made the whole transition harder than I expected. But once I got through that, everything just seemed easier and more manageable.”

Former Parkers Prairie basketball star Sari Noga has been named a team captain for the University of Minnesota women’s basketball team for this upcoming season.

Noga,
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a senior with the Gophers, averaged the second most minutes on the team at 33.8 on her way to 7 points and 4.7 rebounds per game last winter.

The Concordia Moorhead football team has six area athletes on the 2013 roster as the Cobbers have gone 7 2 through November 9.

Former Alexandria players include Matt Peterson, Mark Whiting,
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Ross Thompson and Steffen Morical. Peterson has 246 yards on 30 carries to go along with three touchdowns on the ground this season. He also had 25 receptions for 384 yards and two scores through the air.

Whiting has the second most catches on the team with 30 for 349 yards and two touchdowns. Thompson has three tackles on defense, while Morical has two tackles and two carries.