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Paynesville Press - March 29, 2006

Boy tracksters open season indoors at St. John's

By Michael Jacobson

The Bulldogs boys' track team opened their 2006 season with an indoor meet at St. John's University on Saturday.

The Dogs, with seven athletes lost to illness or to the band trip, had four individuals place in the top eight in an event as well as one relay that placed.

Ninth grader Nathan Friederichs led the Dogs by placing individually in two events, tying for fourth in the pole vault by clearing nine feet and running seventh in the 800-meter run in 2:23.8.

Senior Aaron Bachman had the highest individual finish for the Dogs by placing third in the pole vault, clearing ten feet.

"Aaron Bachman and Nathan Friederichs picked up where they left off for us last year in the pole vault, finishing third and fourth for us," said coach Todd Spanier. Bachman and Friederichs finished 1-2 in the WCC North last year in the pole vault and earned All Conference honors for the Dogs.

Junior Bryce Fischbach place fifth in the 55-meter dash, and junior Dugan Flanders placed sixth in the 1,600-meter run. Fifth thru eighth in the 1,600 were decided by a sprint to the finish, said Spanier, and Flanders outsprinted two foes to take sixth. Six tenths of a second separated fifth from eighth.

Totino Grace, a private school in the Twin Cities that won the meet, had five runners in the top eight in the 55-meter dash, including three in the top four. Without Totino Grace, Fischbach would have finished higher and several other Bulldogs could have placed, said Spanier, as sophomore Alex Svejkovsky was three-tenths of a second behind Fischbach, ninth grader Mitch Marlow another tenth back, sophomore Jordan Spaeth another two tenths back, and eighth grader Adriano Ihrke another two tenths.

Fischbach also came close to placing in both the triple jump, where as a last-minute replacement due to illness he finished ninth, and in the long jump, where he was tenth. He missed placing in the triple jump by four inches and in the long jump by five inches.

Eighth grader Kohl Nehowig, also an illness replacement, was tenth in the triple jump, and Marlow was 12th in the long jump.

Fischbach also just missed placing in the 200-meter dash by a half second. (Sauk Rapids-Rice and Totino Grace placed three each in the top eight in this event.) Svejkovsky and Marlow also missed placing in this event by a second, and Nehowig missed by two seconds.

Eighth grader Matt Schmiesing missed placing in the shot put by four inches. "This is great for an eighth grader in an event like the shot put," said Spanier. Svejkovsky missed placing in the shot put by just over a foot.

Junior Curt Forster missed placing in the 400-meter run by just over a second, with Nehowig another two tenths of a second behind Forster.

They did team, along with Marlow and Svejkovsky, to place in the 1,600-meter relay, taking sixth.

Ninth grader Jamison Wall also took ninth in the 800-meter run with ninth grader Kody Nehowig taking tenth. Wall also ran well in the 1,600-meter run, said Spanier.

This week, the Dogs do not have a cmpetitive meet. Their first outdoor meet is scheduled for Tuesday, April 4, at 4 p.m. at ACGC High School in Grove City.

Team Scores
1. Totino Grace 140.33
2. Sauk Rapids-Rice 105.33v 3. Holdingford 89.0
4. ACGC 71.83
5. Sauk Centre 48.0
6. Sartell 25.5
7. Paynesville 21.0

Individual Results
55-meter dash: Bryce Fischbach, fifth, 7.0;
800-meter run: Nathan Friederichs, seventh, 2:23.8;
1,600-meter run: Dugan Flanders, sixth. 5:20.3;
1,600-meter relay: Mitch Marlow, Alex Svejkovsky, Kohl Nehowig, and Curt Forster, sixth, 4:17.5;
Pole vault: Aaron Bachman, third, 10'; Friederichs, fourth, 9'.

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