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Paynesville Press - March 27, 2002

Trees sets school record in triple jump

By Andy Jones

The Paynesville boys' tracksters traveled to St. Cloud State University for their first meet of the season on Saturday.

The competition was very tough, with 14 schools, including many large schools, competing. However, no team scores were kept.

The highlight of the day was when senior Josh Trees broke the school's indoor triple jump record. Trees, who took second place at the state track meet last spring, picked up right where he left off. He jumped 42' 9.25" and broke the old record, held by Josh Jones, by more than two feet.

Trees easily took first place. He also took third place in the high jump.

In all, the Bulldogs had 13 top ten finishes. Other highlights included senior Jesse Rien taking fourth place in the two-mile run and fifth place in the 800-meter run, and senior Ryan Whitcomb taking fourth in the long jump.

Junior Steve Mages also had two top ten finishes, placing fifth in the 55-meter hurdles and tenth in the high jump.

This season, coach Darrel Carstens returns as the head coach for the third consecutive year. He will be helped by long-time assistant coach Scott George.

Coach Carstens' goal for the year is for the boys to win the state true team meet. True team is a bit different than a normal meet. Each team must only have two participants for each event, as well as one relay team for each relay.

True-team sections is in early May in Holdingford and the state meet is later in May in Blaine.

He also expects the team to easily win the conference for the third year in a row. "This years team is quite deep," said Carstens.

The team's next meet is indoors at St. John's University on Monday, April 1, at 5 p.m.

Individual Results
55-meter hurdles: Steve Mages, fifth, 8.29;
800-meter run: Jesse Rien, fifth, 2:11.8;
1,600-meter run: Dan Pearson, eighth, 4:57;
3,200-meter run: Rien, fourth, 10:36; Riley Flanders, 11th, 11:08;
800-meter sprint medley relay: Lee Fuchs, Adam Schaefer, Josh Teicher, Andy Jones, sixth, 1:50.0;
1,600-meter relay: Flanders, Tom Flannigan, Teicher, and Milan Virant, seventh, 3:51.2;
3,200-meter relay: Flannigan, Freddie Stock, Pat Utsch, and Chad Wyffles, eighth, 9:27;
Shot put: Rick Magedanz, 37' 10.5"; Jonnie Schefers, 36' 6"; Jason Leyendecker, 35'; Andy Torborg, 34' 8";
High jump: Josh Trees, third , 5' 10"; Mages, tenth, 5' 6";
Long jump: Ryan Whitcomb, fourth, 19' 1.5"; Fuchs, eighth, 18' 1.5";
Triple jump: Trees, first, 42' 9.25"; Jones, seventh, 38' 4.5";
Pole vault: Nic Glenz, 13th, 9' 6".

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