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Paynesville Press - April 13, 2005

Boy tracksters compete outdoors at ACGC meet

By Michael Jacobson

The Bulldogs boys' track team competed in their first outdoor meet on Tuesday, April 5, at ACGC. The Dogs placed seventh in the seven-team meet, but the small squad continued to show improvement.

"I am very pleased at how this young team is coming along," said coach Todd Spanier. "We improved a lot since our first meet."

Senior Josh Binsfeld led the team with a third-place finish in the shot put with a throw of 39 feet, nine and a half inches, and sophomore Travis Flannigan scored in three events, including two individual events. Flannigan was eighth in both the 110-meter hurdles and in the high jump as well as running a leg on the 800-meter relay, which placed seventh.

Sophomore Alex Jewell ran on three relays, which all placed for the Dogs. The 400-meter relay placed fourth, under a second away from second and just over a second away from first, according to Spanier. Also running on that relay were sophomore Curt Forster, senior Eric Hansen, and ninth grader Bill Thompson.

The 800-meter relay beat its best time from a year ago, and the 1,600-meter relay placed sixth.

Other placers for the Dogs were sophomore Dugan Flanders (sixth in the 1,600-meter run), Forster (sixth in the 300-meter hurdles), junior Aaron Bachman (sixth in the pole vault), Thompson (seventh in the 200-meter dash), and Hansen (eighth in the 100-meter dash).

Forster ran in his first hurdle race and finished only one second from third, said Spanier, who cited Curt for his hard work at the hurdles in the past week and looks for him to continue to improve.

"I am really pleased how these guys are stepping up to fill in spots while we are shorthanded. Alex Jewell was a real team guy, running on three relays, and sprinters Bill Thompson and Eric Hansen are being real workhorses, running all the sprints for us. Besides these guys, Cole Kampsen and Alex Svejkovsky threw the discus in a meet for the first time and did well, so I look for them to continue to improve," said Spanier.

This week, the Dogs hosted a home meet on Monday. They will travel to Willmar on Thursday for the annual Optimist Meet.

Team Scores
1. Mayer Lutheran 202.5
2. Montevideo 135
3. New Ulm 97
4. ACGC 91.5
5. BOLD 76
6. Eden Valley-Watkins 58
7. Paynesville 30

Individual Results
110-meter hurdles: Travis Flannigan, eighth, 19.5;
300-meter hurdles: Curt Forster, sixth, 45.7;
100-meter dash: Eric Hansen, eighth, 12.5;
200-meter dash: Bill Thompson, seventh, 25.1;
1,600-meter run: Dugan Flanders, sixth, 5:20.8;
400-meter relay: Forster, Hansen, Thompson, and Alex Jewell, fourth;
800-meter relay: Jewell, Alex Svej-kovsky, Mike Houske, and Flannigan, seventh, 1:46;
1,600-meter relay: Jewell, Svejkovsky, Flanders, Forster, sixth, 4:17;
Shot put: Josh Binsfeld, third, 39' 9 1/2";
High jump: Flannigan, eighth, 5' 2";
Pole vault: Aaron Bachman, sixth, 10'.

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