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Dutch Ready For Conference

Holly McKinney-I 35-Central  ©Dutch Athletics-Dan L. Vander Beek-2017

Holly McKinney-I 35-Central
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In their final warmup to the Iowa Conference Championships, the Central College men’s and women’s track and field teams continued their preparation at the Wartburg Invitaional Saturday afternoon.

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The men secured a second-place finish out of eight teams while the women placed sixth out of nine teams.

“I was very happy with the effort and progress we made today,” said coach Joe Dunham. “We’re getting ready for next weekends conference meet and I like where we are at right now.”

Senior Kate Patton (Murray) finished fifth in the 60-meter dash in 8.17 seconds after running a preliminary time of 7.99. Patton also ran the 400-meter dash in 1:00.91 to place fourth.

“Kate had a great day today,” said Dunham. “I thought she ran really well and is going to be ready to go next week at conference.”

Senior Holly McKinney (Saint Charles, Interstate 35 HS) returned to the track Saturday after dealing with injuries to finish second in the mile after a time of 5:20.24.

“It was really great to see Holly out there today,” said Dunham. “She did a great job after coming back from dealing with a few injuries of late.”

Freshman Kennedy Morris (Earlham) earned a sixth-place finish in the weight throw with a toss of 14.59 meters.

“Kennedy had a great day today as well,” said Dunham. “She’s shown improvement and is ready to compete next week at conference.”

Junior Preston Kizer (Zwingle, Dubuque HS) won the 800-meter race, finishing in 1:56.81. Senior Taylor Donner (Dubuque) was three spots behind Kizer, running a 1:59.26.

“Preston Kizer ran a great race in the 800 today,” said Dunham. “Taylor Donner competed really well as well and its great to see them getting prepared for the conference meet.”

Sophomore Mitchell Yaw (Orange City, MOC-Floyd Valley HS) led Central in the 400-meter dash, placing sixth in 51.36. Junior Hunter Howe (La Plata, Mo., La Plata R-II HS) was two places behind Yaw with 51.55.

“I was really happy with the way our men ran the 400 today,” said Dunham. “We had a lot of guys competing and they are hitting their stride going into next weekend.”

Seniors Mark Fairley (Dubuque) and Jon Specht (Dubuque, Hempstead HS) finished second and third in the mile after posting times of 4:17.5 and 4:23.63; respectively.

Junior Nathan Fitzgerald (Elkader, Central Elkader HS) placed second in the shot put with a throw of 15.52 meters.

“Nathan Fitzgerald had a good day today in the shot put,” said Dunham.

Junior Michael Firkins (Centerville) finished fourth in the weight throw with a mark of 16.87 meters.

Next on tap for Central is the Iowa Conference Indoor Championships Friday and Saturday in Pella. A webcast will be available at Excitement level couldn’t be higher for coach Dunham.

“We are really excited to host the conference meet next week,” he said. “We’ve been training our athletes to peak at the right time and we’re hoping that time starts next week. We’re ready to compete for a conference title.”

Bella Solis-Davenport-Loras
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Solis and Gradoville Among Iowans That Helped Duhawks Roll

Brandon Gradoville-Xavier-Loras ©Jim Kirby 2017

Brandon Gradoville-Xavier-Loras
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Patrick Mikel stole the show on Saturday at the UW-Platteville Invitational, breaking a 20-year school record in the 200m. As a team, the men and women’s teams won swept the relays and combined for three individual wins.

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– Prior to Saturday, Mikel’s best time in the 200m was 22.61, having run that at the Monmouth Invite on Jan. 20 … Mikel’s time of 22.45 broke the school record held by Kevin Coy and set on Feb. 28, 1998 … His converted time of 22.06 currently ranks 28th in Division III
– In the first of four relay wins, the Duhawks claimed the women’s 4×200 with the team of Gabrielle Noland, Alyssa Simon, Alexis Alt and Bella Solis won with a time of 1:46.42, which ranks eighth all-time at Loras
– Loras followed up its win in the 4×200 with a first place finish in the 4×400 at 4:10.93 led by Bella Solis, Allie Serres, Devin Hasson and Alexis Alt
– Noland continued on her stellar sophomore tear, winning the 60m and 200m with times of 7.91 and 26.41, respectively … Noland’s preliminary time in the 60m of 7.85 ranks fourth all-time at Loras
– The Duhawk men won the 4×200 with the team of Mikel, Shamari Scott, Tyson Morrison and Evan Gradoville with a time of 1:31.08, which ranks fourth all-time in school history
– Led by the same four, Loras returned to claim the 4×400 title in 3:21.72

Men’s 200m | Shamari Scott | 23.02 | 2nd | PR | 10th All-Time at Loras
Men’s 800m | Kylian Lally | 1:58.59 | 3rd
Men’s 800m | Cole Conklin-Little | 1:59.56 | 5th
Men’s Mile | Matt Gagen | 4:31.0 | 2nd
Men’s Mile | Jack Carroll | 4:36.70 | 4th
Men’s 3k | Timothy Sevcik | 8:41.93 | 2nd | PR | 5th All-Time at Loras
Men’s 3k | Mason Tope | 8:44.42 | 3rd | PR | 7th All-Time at Loras
Men’s 60m Hurdles | Gerrand Moody | 8.32 | 2nd | PR | School Record | 20th in Division III
Men’s 4×200 ‘B’ | Jacob Beaton, Noah Smith, Peter Kilburg, Ryan Rogers | 1:32.97 | 2nd
Men’s 4×400 ‘B’ | Anakin Hall, Kylian Lally, Gerrand Moody, Andrew O’Neill | 3:29.88 | 5th
Men’s Pole Vault | Hunter Dunlap | 4.30m | 3rd
Men’s Long Jump | Colby Rattenborg | 6.58m | 5th
Men’s Triple Jump | Colby Rattenborg | 12.93m | 3rd
Men’s Shot Put | Jake Berg | 15.17m | 5th | 46th in Division III
Men’s Weight Throw | Garrett Hammond | 16.37m | 3rd
Men’s Weight Throw | John Meskimen | 16.03m | 5th | PR | 6th All-Time at Loras

Women’s 200m | Alyssa Simon | 26.80 | 3rd
Women’s 200m | Alexis Alt | 26.95 | 5th
Women’s 400m | Rachel Kilburg | 1:01.96 | 3rd
Women’s 800m | Allie Serres | 2:24.26 | 3rd
Women’s 5k | Kelly Minear | 19:32.78 | 4th
Women’s 4×200 ‘B’ | Sydney Beach, Sarah Schoel, Bailey Vance, Devin Hasson | 1:50.48 | 3rd
Women’s 4×400 ‘B’ | Gabrielle Noland, Sarah Schoel, Sydney Beach, Alyssa Simon | 4:15.46 | 2nd
Women’s High Jump | Bella Solis | 1.60m | 3rd
Women’s Pole Vault | Alexis Alt | 3.00m | 4th
Women’s Long Jump | Elyse Acompanado | 5.30m | 3rd

Joe Dunham-Central
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Dutch Show Depth Early

Kyle Pape-Wahlert-Central ©Jim Kirby 2017

Kyle Pape-Wahlert-Central
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Scoring across a variety of events was enough for the Central College men’s track and field team to earn a foruth-place finish at the Wartburg Select Saturday.

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Central had 89 total points while champion Wartburg College had 192.

Sophomore Will Daniels (Geneseo, Ill.) continued his stellar weekend by completing the final three events of the heptathlon and capturing first place with 5,158 points. Senior Reese Iversen (Grimes, Dallas Center-Grimes HS) closed out the two-day event in sixth with 3,994 points.

“Depending on other meets from around the country, Will should have the best score in all of Division III again,” coach Joe Dunham said.

The Dutch got a pair of top-three finishes from its throwers as Nathan Fitzgerald (junior, Elkader, Central HS) was second in the shot put (48 feer, 10.75 inches) while Michael Firkins (senior, Centerville) (51-9) was third in the weight throw. High jumper Caleb Cowles (freshman, Bloomfield, Davis County HS) added sixth-place finish (6-1.25)

Senior Ryan Kruse (St. Clair, Minn.) scored in three separate individual events. He tied for second in the pole vault (13-9.25) and was fourth in the 60-meter hurdles (8.58 seconds). He also added an eighth-place finish in the long jump (19-11.5)

Senior Hunter Pollpeter (Fort Madison) was right behind Kruse in the 60-meter hurdles (fifth place, 8.73 seconds). Freshman Tanner Johnson (Gallatin, Mo.) was fourth in the pole vault (13-3.5)

“Kruse had a big day in the hurdles,” Dunham said. “Hunter has been running consistent and I’m proud of his effort today.

“Tanner pole vaulted really well. He’s been vaulting consistently and getting better attempts. I’ve been pleased with his progression.”

In the distance category, senior Mark Fairley (Dubuque) was the runner-up in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 8:46.21. Central had two of the top-five 800-meter run times as Kyle Pape (junior, Dubuque, Wahlert HS) was fourth (1:57.93) and Jon Specht (senior, Dubuque Hempstead) was fifth (1:57.94). Specht led off the distance medley relay team and Pape anchored as they placed third in 10:41.51 Cory Suedmeier (sophomore, Ankeny, Cetennial HS) and Preston Kizer (sophomore, Dubuque) ran the middle legs. Tanner Rathe’s (senior, Marion, Linn-Mar HS) mile time of 4:30.07 was good for sixth.

Suedmeier ran the third leg of the fifth place 4×400-meter relay unit, joined by Mitchell Yaw (junior, Orange City, MOC-Floyd Valley HS), Blake Morgan (senior, Story City, Roland-Story HS) and Hunter Howe (senior, La Plata, Mo.). Howe and Morgan were also forth (1:26.47) and sixth (1:28.91 in the 600-meter run, respectively.

“Overall, it’s one of those meets where we are just trying to progress and get geared up for the conference meet,” Dunham said. “We’ve got three weeks to get the athletes ready to compete.”

The Dutch track and field squad will head in multiple directions next weekend. The vast majority of the team is headed to Grinnell for the Darren Young Classic on Saturday. A small contingent of athletes are going north to Brookings, South Dakota for the South Dakota State University Indoor Classic on Friday and Saturday.

Sam Holtz-S. Tama-Wartburg
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Knights Men and Women Out Well Early

Dennison Harrington-Cedar Falls-Wartburg ©Knights Athletics 2017

Dennison Harrington-Cedar Falls-Wartburg
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The Wartburg women’s indoor track and field team opened its 2018 campaign with a win at its own annual Chelsey M. Henkenius Open Saturday. The Knights won the 12-team meet with 228 points.

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New this year, was the addition of a meet MVP award. Wartburg’s Sam Holtz (Tama) earned that honor with her win in the shot put and second-place finish in the weight throw.

The Orange and Black claimed seven events:
60m hurdles: Maggi Bjustrom, 9.30
600m run: Betsy Duehr, 1:36.65
1000m run: Maddie Carlsen, 3:09.54
3000m run: Cassidy Christopher, 10:27.80
4x400m relay: 3:59.33
Pole vault: Nicole Schneider, 10’0.75″
Shot put: Sam Holtz, 43′ 4.25″

TFFRS standings: As of press time, here is where the following results stand on the indoor performance lists in NCAA Division III.
60 hurdles by Maggi Bjustrom: 31st
4×400: 1st
3000 by Cassidy Christopher, 40th
3000 by Carina Collet, 49th
Shot put by Sam Holtz: 14th
Weight throw by Holtz: 25th

Complete team standings
Place School Points
1 Wartburg College  228
2 St. Ambrose  110
3 Grand View Univ 71
4 Hawkeye Comm College 56
4 Mount Mercy 56
6 William Penn  24
7  NIAC 23
7 indian hills  23
9 Briar Cliff 18
10 Waldorf University 10
11  UNI 6
12 Buena Vista Uni 4

This meet was named in honor of Wartburg track and field alumna, Chelsey M. Henkenius, who unexpectedly passed away on Dec. 27, 2014 in a car accident in Lake City. Click here for the original release about renaming the meet in her honor.

Click here for the complete meet results.

Wartburg returns to the track next Friday, when it competes at the UNI Invite.


The Wartburg men’s indoor track and field team took second at its own annual Chelsey M. Henkenius Open Saturday to open the season. The Knights took second in the 12-team field with 124.50 points.

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The Orange and Black claimed three events:
600m run: Cody Snider, 1:21.52
3000m run: Sam Pinkowski, 8:29.99    NEW SCHOOL RECORD. Broke previous record of 8:31.21 set by Bennett Moser in 2016.
4x400m run: 3:25.58

Complete team standings:
1 indian hills 130
2 Wartburg College  124.50
3 St. Ambrose  92
4 Grand View Univ 88
5 Briar Cliff  47.50
6 NIAC 45 . 50
7 Hawkeye Comm College  37.50
8 William Penn  26
9 Mount Mercy  25
10 Waldorf University  22
11 UNI 13
12 Buena Vista Uni 7

TFFRS standings: As of press time, here is where the following results stand on the indoor performance lists in NCAA Division III.
3000 by Pinkowski: 3rd
3000 by Kaczinski: 10th
3000 by Appleton: 24th
3000 by Joe Freiburger: 35th
4×400: 12th
High jump by Nathan Keck: 28th
Long jump by Famiek Cook: 49th

This meet was named in honor of Wartburg track and field alumna, Chelsey M. Henkenius, who unexpectedly passed away on Dec. 27, 2014 in a car accident in Lake City. Click here for the original release about renaming the meet in her honor.

Click here for the complete meet results.

Wartburg returns to the track next Friday, when it competes at the UNI Invite.

Mark Fairley-Dubuque Sr-Central
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Dutch’s Fairley Athlete of the Week

Mark Fairley-Dubuque Sr-Central ©Jim Kirby 2018

Mark Fairley-Dubuque Sr-Central
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Central College men’s track and field runner Mark Fairley (senior, Dubuque) swept the 1,000-meter and 5,000-meter runs at the Prairie Wolf Indoor Invitational Friday night, helping him to be named the Iowa Conference men’s indoor track events performer of the week.

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Fairley has previously received this award last February and was chosen as the cross country runner of the week once this fall.

In the 1,000-meter run, Fairley ran a career best 2 minutes, 32.78 seconds to outpace runner-up and teammate Kyle Pape (junior, Dubuque, Wahlert Catholic HS) by just under two seconds. He blitzed the field in the 5K, as his time of 15:28.94 was over 20 seconds faster than the runner-up.

Fairley and the rest of the Dutch track and field squad will welcome teams to the Dutch Athletics Classic Saturday. Field events begin at 11 a.m. with running events starting on the track at 2 p.m.

Buchheim Leads Storm at the Prairie Wolf

Emily Buchheim-Dub. Hemp.-Simpson ©Jim Kirby

Emily Buchheim-Dub. Hemp.-Simpson
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Emily Buchheit finished third in the 1,000-meters run to lead the Simpson women’s track and field team at the Prairie Wolf Indoor Invitational on Friday afternoon.

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Buchheit turned in the Storm’s top finish in the running events, finishing the 1,000 in 3:21.38. Bucheit finished two spots behind winner Jadyn Agee (3:20.53) of Nebraska Wesleyan by 0.85 seconds.

Elizabeth Burgus added a 10th-place finish in the 400 meters (1:10.67) and Mary Wood took 11th in the 600 meters (1:48.25). Jamie Glanz finished 12th in the high jump, clearing 4-feet, 10 inches, beating her performance in the first meet of the year of 4-feet, 7-inches.

Up Next
Friday Jan. 26 at the UNI Jack Jennett Invitational

Meet Report
200m — 23. MacKenzie James, 28.36, 30. Katie Clarke, 29.44, 31. Audrey LoVan, 29.71
400m — 10. Elizabeth Burgus, 1:01.67, 13. Katelyn Mangold, 1:03.05
600m — 11. Mary Wood, 1:48.25, 13. Audrey Klein, 1:51.84
1000m — 3. Emily Buchheit, 3:21.38, 5. Lesley Roquet, 3:28.67, 6. Kaylee Willadsen, 3:49.32
4X400m — 9. Burgus, James, Mangold, Juni, 4:21.31 10. Owens, Clark, Klein, Wood, 4:35.66
Long jump — 29. Sarah Sandage, 13-01.25
Weight throw — 33. Jackie Cullinan, 36-06.25
High jump — 12. Jamie Glanz, 4-10.25

Audrey LoVan-Sioux City North -Simpson
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Storm’s LoVan Sets School Vault Record

When she is not setting records, Audrey supports her school Audrey LoVan-Sioux City North -Simpson ©Jim Kirby 2016

When she is not setting records, Audrey supports her school
Audrey LoVan-Sioux City North -Simpson
©Jim Kirby 2016

Audrey LoVan-Sioux City North tied the school record in the pole vault to lead the Simpson women’s track and field team at the season-opening Dutch Holiday Preview on Saturday, Dec. 9. No team scores were kept.

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LoVan cleared 10-feet to tie for third in the pole vault, tying the school record set by Kathryn Fenneman in 2006. The effort ties her personal-best but marks the first time she’s cleared 10-feet indoors.

Elizabeth Burgus turned in the Storm’s top finish in a running event, taking second in the 300 meters in 44.44. She also took seventh in the 60 meters (8.34) and 12th in the long jump (14-0 1/2).

Jaycie Owens added a fifth-place finish in the 400 meters (1:06.53) and Kate Derrick took seventh in the 600 meters (2:01.43). Jamie Glanz tied for fourth in the high jump, clearing 4-feet, 7-inches.

Up Next
Friday, Jan. 19 at the Nebraska Wesleyan Invitational

Meet Report
60m — 7. Elizabeth Burgus, 8.34; 18. McKenzie James, 8.51; 24. Audrey LoVan, 9.04
60h — 12. Sarah Sandage, 11.26
Mile — 8. Rebekah Brainerd, 6:29.36
400m — 5. Jaycie Owens, 1:06.53
600m — 7. Kate Derrick, 2:01.43
300m — 2. Elizabeth Burgus, 44.44; 4. MacKenzie James, 45.42; 8. Jamie Glanz, 48.56
Long jump — 12. Elizabeth Burgus, 14-00.50; 13. Sarah Sandage, 13-11.00
Shot put — 16. Abby Parker, 29-01.25
Weight throw — 20. Abby Parker, 29-08.25
High jump — t4. Jamie Glanz, 4-07.00
Pole vault — t3. Audrey LoVan, 10-00.00 | SR

Bella Solis-Davenport-Loras
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DuHawks Solis Earns Performer of the Week

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Bella Solis-Davenport-Loras
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Following the season-opener last Saturday, Loras sophomore Gabrielle Noland and junior Bella Solis have been named Iowa Conference Performers of the Week for women’s track and field, as announced by the league office on Monday.

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With 54 team points, the Duhawks won the women’s title at the Battle of the Bluff on Saturday at Dubuque.

Noland won the 55m and the 200m with a pair of top-five times nationally at 7.27 and 25.5, respectively. Her time in the 55m ranks third in Division III while her 200m time is second behind the reigning national champion in Wadeline Jonathas from UMass Boston. In addition, Noland ran the second leg of the winning 4×400 relay that finished with a time of 4:06.40 that ranks fourth in Division III.

Solis was near-perfect on Saturday at the Battle of the Bluff, putting her plethora of talents on display. The junior won the high jump, 400m and 4×400 relay while taking second in the 55m hurdles. Her height of 1.68m in the high jump tied a school record set by Amy Oleson in 1998 and ranks second in Division III. Solis’ win in the 400m came with a time of 59.74, which places her in the top-10 nationally.

Loras returns to action on Saturday, Jan. 13 at the Sol Butler Classic, hosted by Dubuque.

Ian McKenzie-Dowling-Simpson
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Simpson’s McKenzie Leaves His Mark

Ian McKenzie-Dowling-Simpson ©Jim Kirby 2017

Ian McKenzie-Dowling-Simpson
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Gunner Davis of the Simpson Simpsonian filed a story on Ian Mckenzie’s strong cross country season his senior year.  Below is an excerpt of his story.  For the full story, click here!  

During this season, McKenzie was named IIAC performer of the week, was awarded all-conference honors and earned a trip to nationals. McKenzie ran the race in a time of 25 minutes, 43 seconds, placing 140th out of 279.

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“It definitely meant a lot to myself and my family,” McKenzie said. “Making all the miles and the time commitment worth it to be on that stage. I was there as an individual, but I ran for my teammates, my coach and my family.”

This was the first time that a runner from Simpson made it to nationals since 2012 and was the best finish since 1995 when Matt Chance placed 136th. Head Coach Heath Moenck was pleased that Simpson sent a runner to nationals.

“It was great that we had someone getting back and representing Simpson,” Moenck said. “It proves that we can have elite runners here. He’s worked really hard, and we’ve done a good job developing him to get him to that caliber.”

McKenzie graduated from Dowling Catholic High School, where he ran on a cross country team that qualified for a national meet. He decided to come to Simpson after taking a visit. McKenzie, who is an environmental science major, also had multiple relatives who participated in athletics at Simpson who played a role in his decision.

“There’s a successful tradition at Simpson, and I wanted to be a part of it,” McKenzie said.

McKenzie’s high school success didn’t transfer over right away in college. As a freshman, he placed 119th in Regionals and 29th at conferences. But in his four years at Simpson, the senior improved his 8K time by over two minutes. This helped him place 20th at the regional meet and 13th at the conference meet this season.

“Mileage is a big thing that has been increased over my four years, and that’s how I’ve gotten better,” McKenzie said. “I put a lot more time on my feet. Harder workouts and longer workouts. Just building on past years. You know, doing things better and learning from past experiences.”

Kenzie Carney-Roosevelt-Luther
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Carney’s Last Collegiate XC Meet at Nationals

Kenzie Carney-Roosevelt-Luther ©Norse Athletics 2017

Kenzie Carney-Roosevelt-Luther
©Norse Athletics 2017

McKenzie Carney placed 90th from the field of 279 competitors at the NCAA III National Cross Country Championships. Pricipia College, Elsah, Ill., hosted the national finale at the North Farm Cross Country Course.

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Carney covered the 6K course in a time of 22:10.10. This was her first appearance at the national championships and her final collegiate cross country race of her career.

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