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Concordia senior Alex Benzegala ran the 400 meters in less than 50 seconds earlier this season and dedicated the race to childhood friend Sam Stewart, who passed away when the two were in eighth grade. Dave Wallis / The Forum

Support of late best friend still sticks with Cobbers track star

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Moorhead - Concordia senior Alex Benzegala has the date etched in his memory - May 17, 2006. That's the day he lost his best friend, Sam Stewart.

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Stewart, at 14 years old, died that day after a battle with leukemia.

"That was the worst day of my life," said Benzegala, who was an eighth-grader at the time. "He meant a lot to me."

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Eric Peterson
Peterson covers small college athletics for The Forum, including Concordia College and Minnesota State Moorhead. He also covers the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks independent baseball team and helps out with North Dakota State football coverage. Peterson has been working at the newspaper since 1996.

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