Tracksters open season indoors

This article submitted by Mandy Mayer on 3/28/01.

The Paynesville tracksters traveled to St. Cloud for the Huskey High School Classic last Saturday. There were 14 girls teams at the indoor meet at St. Cloud State University, mostly bigger schools.

No team scores were kept, but the Bulldogs fared very well in their first meet, with 12 top ten individual finishes and three relays in the top five.

Junior Jenny Hess dominated the distance runs, winning both the 800-meter run and the 1,600-meter run. She placed first in the 1,600 with a time of 5:18 and won by 16 seconds.

Both Hess and Brook Schmitz had outstanding races in the 800-meter run. Hess ran a 2:29.9 for first and Schmitz ran a 2:33.6 for second.

Junior Missy Bachman took second place in the pole vault clearing nine feet. Senior Joy Hemmesch was ninth in the event with a vault of seven feet.

Hemmesch was also fifth in the shot put. Junior Heidi Jansen was seventh in the shot put.

Renea Eastling, an eighth grader, took fifth place in the 55-meter dash. Her time was 7.83. Eastling was also eighth in the long jump.

The Bulldogs also had two top ten finishes in the high jump, where eighth graders Kendra Johnson was eighth and Ashley Ahrens was tenth.

Junior Amy Mueller was eighth in the 400-meter dash.

The 3,200-meter relay team had a great performance to start off the meet. Mandy Mayer, Schmitz, Danny Lieser, and Johnson each ran an 800-meter leg and took second, getting beat by Wayzata at the finish line. Their time was 10:39.

The 400-meter relay had outstanding handoffs, helping them to third place. This relay consisted of Eastling, Jansen, Joy Hemmesch, and Carla Hemmesch. Their time was 55.9.

The team's 1,600-meter relay team - Mueller, Hannah Braun, Mayer, and Lieser - was fifth in 4:32.

"The team had a very successful start competing against top-notch competition at this indoor meet. We were up against the larger schools in the Central Lakes Conference and some schools out of the metro area, and we competed very well against them," said coach Dave Randgaard.

"I was very encouraged by what the team showed at this meet. This team has a lot of talent and will be very exciting to watch," he added.

The team's next meet will take place on Saturday, March 31, at 6:30 p.m. at the St. John's University's indoor track.

Individual Results
55-meter hurdles: Hannah Braun, 17th, 10.39; Katrina Orbeck, 22nd 10.71; Jessica Virant, 23rd, 10.73; Peggy Thompson, 11.38;
55-meter dash: Ranea Eastling, fifth, 7.83; Heidi Jansen, 19th, 8.2; Missy Bachman, 25th, 8.32; Braun, 29th, 8.41;
400-meter dash: Amy Mueller, 8th, 1:09;
800-meter run: Jenny Hess, first, 2:29.9; Brooke Schmitz, second, 2:33.6;
1,600-meter run: Hess, first, 5:18;
400-meter relay: Eastling, Jansen, Joy Hemmesch, Carla Hemmesch, 3rd, 55.9;
1,600-meter relay: Mueller, Braun, Amanda Mayer, Danny Lieser, fifth, 4:32;
3,200-meter relay: Mayer, Schmitz, Lieser, Kendra Johnson, second,10:39;
Shot put: Hemmesch, fifth, 32' 3"; Jansen, 7th, 31' 8"; Morgan Martinson, 21st, 26' 10", Jessica Paul, 35th, 22' 3";
High jump: Johnson, 8th, 4'8"; Ashley Ahrens, 10th, 4'6"; Ashley Wall, 15th, 4' 6"; Rachel Koehn, 16th, 4' 3";
Long jump: Eastling, 8th, 14'10"; Lieser, 18th, 13' 4";
Triple jump: Virant, 14th, 29'6"; Koehn, 16th, 28'7";
Pole vault: Bachman, second, 9'0"; Hemmesch, 9th, 7'0".

Varsity Roster
The girls' varsity track team has 23 members this spring. Seniors are Joy Hemmesch, Leanne Kolb, and Katrina Orbeck.

Juniors are Missy Bachman, Carla Hemmesch, Jenny Hess, Heidi Jansen, Rachel Koehn, Sara Lieser, Amy Mueller, and Ashley Wall.

Sophomores are Hannah Braun, Danny Lieser, Morgan Martinson, and Amanda Mayer.

Ninth graders are Ashley Ahrens, Heather Christensen, Jessica Paul, Peggy Thompson, and Jessica Virant.

Eighth graders are Ranea Eastling and Kendra Johnson, and the only seventh grader is Brooke Schmitz.

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