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Paynesville Press - April 6, 2005

Girls finish close second at St. John's

By Michael Jacobson

The Paynesville girls' track team finished a close second to Elk River at their first meet on Saturday. The Dogs finished a point and a half behind Elk River in an indoor meet at St. John's University.

The Bulldogs placed 18 times, including three firsts. They defeated three Class AAA schools (Alex, Litch, and Fridley), beat Class AA power Mayer Lutheran, and trailed only Class AAA Elk River.

"This was a meet with a high level of competition, and the girls really came through with an impressive effort," said coach Dave Randgaard. "The coaches were very excited about this performance."

Sophomore Kacy Nehowig won two events, both the 1,600-meter and the 3,200-meter runs.

The Bulldogs also fielded the winning 1,600-meter relay team with eighth grader Kally Felling, eighth grader Bri Jaeger, sophomore Melanie Koerner, and senior Kendra Johnson.

Johnson and Felling placed in three events. Johnson was also second in the 400-meter dash and fourth in the 55-meter hurdles. Felling was fifth in the 400-meter dash (with a personal best) and sixth in the 200-meter dash.

Junior Tara Schmidt also placed in the 400-meter dash (eighth), giving the Dogs three of the top eight and 13 team points in this event. The Dogs scored 75 points in the running events, the most of any team, noted Randgaard.

Schmidt placed in four individual events, including second-place finishes in the 55-meter dash and the long jump. She tied her indoor school record with a time of 7.5 in the 55-meter dash and had a personal best leap of 16 feet in the long jump. She also was fifth in the 200-meter dash.

Ninth grader Kaitlyn Frenchick also placed in three events for the Dogs (third in the 800-meter run, third in the triple jump (with a personal best), and fifth in the 1,600-meter run).

Along with the relay, Jaeger was seventh in the 55-meter dash (with a personal best), and Koerner was eighth in the 800-meter run.

Other personal bests, noted Randgaard, were recorded by ninth grader Leah Felling in the 400-meter dash and ninth grader Natalie Leadem in the shot put.

This week, the Dogs had a meet at ACGC on Tuesday. Next week, they will host their first meet at the PAHS track on Monday, April 11, starting at 4:15 p.m.

Team scores
1. Elk River 96.5
2. Paynesville 95
3. Mayer Lutheran 70
4. Litchfield 61.5
5. Alexandria 40.5
6. Morris 28.5
7. LPGE 28
8. ACGC 24.5
9. Montevideo 23
10. Fridley 17.5
11. Holy Family 16

Individual Results
55-meter hurdles: Kendra Johnson, fourth, 9.5;
55-meter dash: Tara Schmidt, second, 7.5 (ties school record); Bri Jaeger, seventh, 7.9 (personal best);
200-meter dash: Schmidt, fifth, 28.9; Kally Felling, sixth, 29.1;
400-meter dash: Johnson, second, 66.2; Felling, fifth, 67.2 (personal best); Schmidt, eighth, 68.2;
800-meter run: Kaitlyn Frenchick, third, 2:35.7; Melanie Koerner, eighth, 2:43.9;
1,600-meter run: Kacy Nehowig, first, 5:39.1; Kaitlyn Frenchick, fifth, 6:00.2;
3,200-meter run: Nehowig, first, 12:35.3;
1,600-meter relay: Felling, Jaeger, Koerner, and Johnson, first, 4:31.5;
High jump: Randi Schaefer, fourth, 4' 6";
Long jump: Schmidt, second, 16' (personal best);
Triple jump: Frenchick, third, 30' 10 3/4" (personal best);
Pole vault: Tanis Beireis, fourth, 7' 0".

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