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|Paynesville Press - April 12, 2006|
Girls defeat Mayer Lutheran at ACGC
The Bulldogs girls' track team won their second meet in a row, winning their first outdoor meet at ACGC High School in Grove City on Tuesday, April 4. The Dogs beat state-power Mayer Lutheran by 60 points to win the meet.|
Last year, Mayer Lutheran was second at Class A true-team track, while the Dogs were seventh. Mayer Lutheran also beat the Dogs at state true team in 2004, and they defeated the Dogs in section true team in 2003 and 2002.
At ACGC, the Dogs had 29 placers and scored 167 points, while Mayer Lutheran was second in the seven-team meet with 107 points.
"The team really performed well at this meet, winning by 60 points over Mayer Lutheran, the most we have ever defeated them by," said coach Dave Randgaard. The Dogs are currently rated seventh in state in the true-team rankings.
Senior Tara Schmidt - shown at the Dogs' home meet on Monday, April 10 - won three events at the ACGC meet on Tuesday, April 4: the 100-meter dash, the 200-meter dash, and the long jump.
Leading the Dogs' efforts was senior Tara Schmidt, who won the 100-meter dash, the 200-meter dash, and the long jump. She also ran a leg in the 800-meter relay, which was third.
Ninth grader Anna Kotten won the pole vault by clearing 8' 6", and she also placed in four events. In addition to the pole vault, Kotten was second in the 100-meter hurdles, third in the high jump, and fourth in the 300-meter hurdles.
Along with Schmidt and Kotten, ninth grader Bri Jaeger also placed in four events. Like Kotten, Jaeger's four placings were all in individual events. She was second in both the 200-meter dash (giving the Dogs a 1-2 sweep) and the 400-meter dash, fifth in the 100-meter dash, and sixth in the long jump.
Sophomore Kaitlyn Frenchick placed in three individual events: fourth in the 1,600-meter run, fourth in the triple jump, and fifth in the 800-meter run.
Five other Bulldogs placed in two individual events: junior Tanis Beireis, ninth grader Kally Felling, sophomore Natalie Leadem, junior Kacy Nehowig, and junior Randi Schaefer. Leadem and Nehowig both had runner-up finishes for the Dogs. Leadem was second in the discus and seventh in the shot put. Nehowig was second in the 1,600-meter run and seventh in the 800-meter run.
Schaefer tied with Kotten for third in the high jump and was fifth in the shot put. Felling was fourth in both the 200-meter dash (joining Schmidt and Jaeger to score 23 points in that event) and fourth in the 400-meter dash. Beireis was fourth in the pole vault and fifth in the 3,200-meter run.
For the second straight meet - the Dogs won an indoor meet at St. John's University in March - Paynesville had a placewinner in every event.
"We scored points in all 18 events to show excellent team balance in this meet," added Randgaard. "We are really encouraged by our results at our first outdoor meet. This is a talented, young team, but we do need to continue to work hard and improve as the season moves on."
The Dogs hosted a home meet on Monday, April 10. They do not compete again until next week at the new track at Albany on Tuesday, April 18.
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