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Paynesville Press - March 27, 2002

Female tracksters start indoors at SCSU

By Mandy Mayer

The Paynesville girls' track team traveled to St. Cloud for their first indoor meet this season at St. Cloud State University on Saturday. There were 14 girls' teams at the meet, most of them bigger schools.

"The team had a very successful start competing against topnotch competition at this indoor meet," said coach Dave Rangaard.

No team scores were kept, but Paynesville did a great job for their first meet. The Bulldogs had 13 top-ten finishers. "I was very encouraged by that the team showed at this meet. This team has a lot of talent," said Rangaard.

Senior captain Jen Hess was the only Bulldog to take first, winning the 1,600-meter run by 30 seconds. Seventh grader Kacy Nehowig also ran that race and finished ninth.

Hess and Nehowig helped the 3,200-meter relay team take second as well. Also running in that relay were eighth grader Brooke Schmitz and junior Mandy Mayer. Schmitz also was third in the 800-meter run.

Senior Missy Bachman was second in the pole vault, clearing 9' 6", and also took fourth in the triple jump with a leap of 32' 4".

Sophomore Jessica Virant placed fourth in the 55-meter hurdles. She had her personal best time.

Other top ten finishers were ninth grader Kendra Johnson (fifth in the high jump), junior Danny Lieser (fifth in the long jump), senior Heidi Jansen (sixth in the shot put), and ninth grader Ranea Eastling (10th in the 55-meter dash).

Two relays also placed in the top ten. The spring medley relay team - Eastling, Jansen, Johnson, and senior Carla Hemmesch - took ninth, and the 1,600-meter relay team - Sara Lieser, Mayer, Hess, and Nehowig - took tenth.

The team's next meet will take place on Monday, April 11, at 5 p.m., at the indoor track at St. John's University.

Individual Results
55-meter hurdles: Jessica Virant, fourth, 9.99; Hannah Braun, 16th, 10.66; Kendra Johnson, 18th, 10.93;
55-meter dash: Ranea Eastling, 10th, 8.09; Heidi Jansen, 17th, 8.22; Heather Christian, 18th, 8.23; Missy Bachman, 19th, 8.25;
400-meter dash: Jenny Berg, 11th, 1:10.31; Hannah Braun, 15th, 1:11.62;
800-meter run: Brooke Schmitz, third, 2:34.16;
1,600-meter run: Jenny Hess, first, 5:19.75; Kacy Nehowig, ninth, 6:08.03;
Sprint Medley relay: Eastling, Jansen, Johnson, Carla Hemmesch, ninth, 2:08.17;
1,600-meter relay: Sara Lieser, Mandy Mayer, Hess, Nehowig, 10th, 4:49.14;
3,200-meter relay: Schmitz, Sara Lieser, Mayer, Hess, second, 10:28.24;
High jump: Johnson, fifth, 4' 8"; Ashley Ahrens, 12th, 4' 6"; Ashley Wall, 15th, 4' 6"; Rachel Koehn, 20th, 4' 3";
Shot put: Jansen, sixth, 32' 3"; Peggy Thompson, 26th, 25' 1"; Wall, 30th, 23' 11"; Jessica Paul, 32nd, 23' 3";
Long jump: Danny Lieser, fifth, 15' 10-1/2"; Berg, 15th, 13' 5";
Triple jump: Bachman, fourth, 32' 4";
Pole vault: Bachman, second, 9' 6".

Varsity Roster
There are 25 girls out for track this season, four more than last season. All 18 returning letter-winners are back on the team.

The girls return as champions of the West Central Conference North.

Seniors are Missy Bachman, Carla Hemmesch, Jen Hess, Heidi Jansen, Sara Lieser, Rachel Koehn, and Ashley Wall. Juniors are Jenny Berg, Hannah Braun, Danny Lieser, Morgan Martinson, and Mandy Mayer. Sophomores are Ashley Ahrens, Bari Behling, Heather Christian, Jessica Paul, Peggy Thompson, and Jessica Virant.

Ninth graders are Ranea Eastling, Theresa Hedeen, Kendra Johnson, and Brittany Lieser. Eighth graders are Tara Schmidt and Brooke Schmitz, and the only seventh grader is Kacy Nehowig.

Assistant coaches are Scott George, Darin Carstens, Kyle Nehowig, and Steph Tangen.

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