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Photo courtesy John Stewart Alexandria's Jamie Piepenburg (left) and Shakopee's Maria Hauger (right) battled step for step during the State Class AA cross country meet Saturday. Piepenburg finished second to Hauger by just 0.7 seconds for her second straight runner-up finish.

State cross country: Piepenburg runner-up

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The race between two of Minnesota's elite female runners proved to be everything it was advertised to be at the State Class AA 4K girls' cross country meet in Northfield Saturday as No. 1 ranked Maria Hauger of Shakopee and No. 2 ranked Jamie Piepenburg of Alexandria battled neck and neck to the finish.

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It was Hauger with the slight advantage - very slight - as the runners finished 1-2 for the second year in a row, this time with just 0.7 seconds separating them.

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