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Paynesville Press - April 7, 2004

State champ Mayer Lutheran tops Dogs

By Michael Jacobson

Knocking off a three-time state champion proved to be too much of an obstacle for the Bulldogs girls' track team, who opened their outdoor season on Thursday by taking second at ACGC behind Mayer Lutheran.

Mayer Lutheran has won the true-team state meet the past three years, with the Dogs finishing as runner-up at sections each year.

"We really battled the three-time defending state champion," said coach Dave Randgaard. "The girls were really excited about our performance. Mayer Lutheran is the best team we have seen this season."

Mayer Lutheran defeated the Bulldogs 170.5 to 145 in the five-team meet at ACGC High School on Thursday, April 1.

The Bulldogs did capture first place in 10 of 18 events at the meet, led by sophomore Tara Schmidt who took first in three events. Schmidt won the 100-meter dash, the 200-meter dash, and the long jump. Plus she took third in the 400-meter dash.

Junior Kendra Johnson lowered her school record in winning the 300-meter hurdles. Last year, Johnson broke the record twice, setting a mark of 47.9. Last week, she won the 300-meter hurdles in 47.59, lowering her school record by .11 seconds.

Johnson also took second in the 100-meter hurdles, one of three runner-up finishes for the Dogs.

Ninth grader Tanis Beireis also was a double winner for the Dogs. She won both the 800-meter run and the 1,600-meter run for the Dogs.

Eighth grader Kaitlyn Frenchick was second in the 800-meter run, giving the Dogs a sweep of the top two spots in that event.

Beireis and Frenchick teamed with sophomores Megan Reeck and Brooke Schmitz to take second in the 1,600-meter relay. And Frenchick, Schmitz, and Reeck, along with ninth grader Kacy Nehowig, won the 3,200-meter relay.

Nehowig also won the 3,200-meter run.

The Dogs placed in all 18 events at the meet. In all, they had 24 place-winners. Other multiple individual placewinners were: senior Jessica Paul (fourth in shot put, fifth in discus, and fifth in pole vault); sophomore Ashley Lieser (fourth in the 300-meter hurdles and sixth in the 100-meter hurdles); and sophomore Tanya Whitcomb (fifth in long jump and fifth in triple jump).

This week, the Dogs competed in their only meet at NL-S on Monday.

Next week, they will host a meet at PAHS on Tuesday, April 13, starting at 4:30 p.m. And they will compete at Willmar on Thursday, April 15, starting at 4 p.m.

Team scores
1. Mayer Lutheran 170.5
2. Paynesville 145
3. BOLD/Buffalo Lake-Hector 102.5
4. Montevideo 81.5
5. Atwater-Cosmos-GroveCity 67.5

Individual Results
100-meter hurdles: Kendra Johnson, second, 17.58; Ashley Lieser, sixth, 18.54;
300-meter hurdles: Johnson, first, 47.79 (new school record); Lieser, fourth, 52.08;
100-meter dash: Tara Schmidt, first, 13.15;
200-meter dash: Schmidt, first, 27.53;
400-meter dash: Schmidt, third, 1:06.25;
800-meter run: Tanis Beireis, first, 2:35.94; Kaitlyn Frenchick, second, 2:37.13;
1,600-meter run: Beireis, first, 5:54.0; Sheena Hoekstra, 6:43.36;
3,200-meter run: Kacy Nehowig, first, 12:22.7;
400-meter relay: Kacie Wander, Randi Schaefer, Brittany Lieser, and Jessica Paul, third, 56.82;
800-meter relay: Wander, Ashley Lieser, Maggie Frieler, and Johnson, fourth, 1:58.01;
1,600-meter relay: Frenchick, Megan Reeck, Brooke Schmitz, and Beireis, second, 4:37.79;
3,200-meter relay: Nehowig, Reeck, Frenchick, and Schmitz, first, 10:36;
Discus: Paul, fifth, 93' 5";
Shot put: Paul, fourth, 31' 11";
High jump: Brittany Lieser, fifth, 4' 8";
Long jump: Schmidt, first, 14' 10"; Schmitz, fourth, 13' 1"; Tanya Whitcomb, fifth, 13';
Triple jump: Whitcomb, fifth, 28' 1";
Pole vault: Paul, fifth, 7' 6".

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