Girls track competes at first meet

This article submitted by Courtney Karsch on 3/24/99.

After training for two weeks, the Paynesville girl's track team had their first meet on Saturday, March 20, at Halenbeck Hall in St. Cloud. It was called the Husky High School Classic. For the first meet of the season the girls did very well.

Because it was the first meet, there were no team scores kept.

Two participants from Paynesville, Amber Michaelis and Gina Benson, had a very pleasant surprise in the triple jump. Benson received second with a jump of 30'5-1/2" and Michaelis finished third with a jump of 29'3". Michaelis had some more great jumps in the long jump, which gave her a first place with a jump of 15'4-1/2". Another event in which they did well was the high jump. Michaelis jumped 4'10" and finished fourth. Benson jumped 4'10" as well and placed third. Good job, girls.

A newcomer on this year's team, Melissa Bachman, set a new school record in the pole vault, breaking the old record of 6'6", that was set in 1998. Bachman jumped a height of 7'6". Overall, Bachman finished in fifth place. Another Paynesville jumper also did well. Joy Hemmesch placed 11th with a jump of 6'6". Hemmesch tied the record set last year.

In the 55-meter dash, Courtney Karsch had a great time in her race, but did not make it to the finals. Her time was 8.09, which gave her an overall place of 11th.

Heidi Jansen had a good throw of 25'7" in the shot put. Her throw placed her in 19th place in a field of over 50 participants.

Tiff Rausch received second place in the 400-meter run and her time was 1.04.75. Like everyone else, Rausch had some good competition and ran a great race.

In a longer distance, the 800-meter run, Carin Frenchick ran a time of 2.38.82, which gave her fourth place.

Jenny Hess, a freshman, ran an excellent race in the mile. She received first place with a time of 5.38.31. The closest time to her was 5.51.82. She won that race by a long shot.

Another school record was broken, this time by the 3,200-meter relay team. The team members are: Hess, Amanda Mayer, Erin Aagesen, and Frenchick. Their time was 10.22.54 and that earned them third place. The old record was 10.24.9. Hess had the fastest split with 2.23.

A relay that only occurs in the indoor meets is the sprint medley. The distances that are run are a 100-, 100-, 200-, and 400-meters. The team members for this relay are: Karsch, Cindy Lang, Rausch, and Amy Mueller. The team ran well and had great hand-offs. They received fifth place with a time of 2.10.60.

The third record that was broken was in the mile relay. The team members are: Hess, Mayer, Rausch, and Aagesen. The old record was 4.30.5 and the new record, which earned them a second place, was a time of 4.29.99. "I am really pleased with all the relay results," said coach Dave Randgaard.

"We had an outstanding meet against top-level competition. We placed fourth or higher in eight events. Great start, girls," Randgaard added.

There was high competition because of the 18 schools that were there.

Individual results:
55-meter dash: Courtney Karsch, 11th, 8.09; Melissa Bachman,19th, 8.24; Heidi Jansen, 24th, 8.55; Jaime Teicher, 49th, 9.3;
55-meter hurdles: Amber Michaelis, 9th, 10.39; Cindy Lang, 17th, 10.81; Bachman, 20th, 11.00; Katrina Orbeck, 27th, 11.59;
400-meter dash: Tiff Rausch, 2nd, 1.04.75;
800-meter dash: Carin Frenchick, 4th, 2.3882;
1600-meter run: Jen Hess, 1st, 5.38.31; Mile relay: Hess, Amanda Mayer, Rausch, Frenchick, 2nd, 4.29.99;
400-meter relay: Karsch, Lang, Bachman, Jansen, 6th, .56.49;
Sprint medley: Karsch, Lang, Rausch, Amy Mueller, 5th, 2.10.60;
3,200-meter relay: Hess, Mayer, Erin Aagesen, Frenchick, 3rd, 10.22.54;
Shot put: Jansen, 19th, 28'7"; Teicher, 38th, 21'8"; Rebecca Rondeau, 40th, 20'0"; Orbeck, 41st, 19'11";
Pole vault: Bachman, 5th, 7'6"; Joy Hemmesch, 11th, 6' 6";
Long jump: Michaelis, 1st, 15' 4-1/2"; Angie Ahrens, 17th, 11' 3-1/2";
Triple jump: Gina Benson, 2nd, 30' 5-1/2", Michaelis, 3rd, 29' 11";
High jump: Benson, 3rd, 4'10"; Michaelis, 4th, 4'10"; Ashley Wall, 11th, 4' 6"; Ahrens, 17th, 4' 3".

The girls have their next meet at St. John's University on Friday, March 26, at 7 p.m. This is a new complex so come and see the girls.

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