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|Paynesville Press - April 12, 2006|
Relays pace Bulldogs at ACGC
The Bulldogs boys' track team placed fifth, nearly edging Eden Valley-Watkins/Kimball for fourth, at a six-team track meet at ACGC on Tuesday, April 4, that opened the team's outdoor spring season.|
Mayer Lutheran, a state power, easily won the meet with 233.5 points with Montevideo second with 184 and ACGC third at 111. EV-W/Kimball was fourth at 56, with the Dogs a point and a half behind at 54.5. BOLD/Buffalo Lake-Hector was sixth with 48 points.
Junior Dugan Flanders led the Bulldogs by placing second in the 3,200-meter run, the team's highest finish. Flanders pulled away from the third-place finisher in the last lap to take second. He also ran a leg on the Dogs' 3,200-meter relay, which finished third, one of four third-place finishers for the Dogs.
Flanders ran with ninth graders Nathan Friederichs, Kody Nehowig, and Jamison Wall to take third in the two-mile relay.
In a sign of the team's improved depth this year, two other relays placed third at the meet. (Last year, due to a shortage of runners, the team struggled to fill its relay lineups.) Junior Bryce Fischbach, junior Curt Forster, ninth grader Travis Jimenez, and ninth grader Brutger Mrozek were third in the 400-meter relay, and senior Tom Stoneburner, junior Aaron Burris, Fischbach, and sophomore Alex Svejkovsky were third in the 800-meter relay.
"This was our biggest area of improvement from last year," said coach Todd Spanier. "The depth of runners we have at the springs shows in our relays."
Senior Aaron Bachman was third in the pole vault, clearing 10' 6", and he also was seventh in the 110-meter hurdles. He was one of three Dogs to place individually in three events, along with Burris and junior Travis Flannigan.
Burris, in his first track meet, was seventh in the 300-meter hurdles and eighth in the triple jump. Flannigan was fifth in the high jump and seventh in the triple jump. He also would have placed in the 110-meter hurdles until falling. He did well to recover from the nasty spill and place in two events, said Spanier.
Other individual placers for the Dogs were: Svejkovsky (fifth in the 200-meter dash); Fischbach (tied for seventh in the 100-meter dash); Friederichs (seventh in the high jump); Forster (eighth in the 300-meter hurdles); and Stoneburner (eighth in the 400-meter dash, also in his first varsity track meet).
"I was very pleased with our improvement from the first meet," said Spanier. "Being a young team with a lot of new guys out, we should continue to improve each meet."
Spanier also noted that two eighth graders, Kohl Nehowig and David Ruprecht, set personal bests at the meet. Nehowig had a new best in the triple jump (30' 10") and Ruprecht knocked 14 seconds off his best time in the 1,600-meter run.
This week, the Dogs hosted their first meet on Monday, April 10.
Next week, the Dogs will travel to Albany for a meet on their new track on Tuesday, April 18.
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