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Brief Incident Leads To RHS Team Policy Change

A brief incident recently involving a Rhinelander student on the cross country team has led to a change in how teams work out.

According to a press release from Activities Director Brian Paulson released to WJFW TV, a runner was out on a four to six mile practice run when a man driving a truck with a camper stopped across the road and asked the female runner if she wanted a ride. She said no, and continued on. Nothing else happened. Paulsen says two others nearby did not see the incident.

The district notified the parents of the student, called police, and a coach sent a message to the high school cross country families.

Officials say they've decided runners now must practice in groups of two to three at all times. Teams were also offered hand-held emergency alarms for when they run off campus and encouraged all athletes to carry their cell phones.

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