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Paynesville Press - April 13, 2005

Girl tracksters second at ACGC meet

By Michael Jacobson

New Ulm edged the Bulldogs girls' track team by four points for the team title at ACGC on Tuesday, April 5.

New Ulm scored 136 points for first place in the seven-team meet; Paynesville was second at 132; and Mayer Lutheran was third at 126. The Dogs also defeated BOLD, a top rival in their true-team section, with BOLD finishing fourth with 98 team points.

"We had an outstanding performance for our first outdoor meet," said coach Dave Randgaard. "New Ulm, a Class AAA team, and Mayer Lutheran, a strong girls' team, provided excellent competi-tion. We have defeated Mayer Lutheran in two consecutive meets,which we have never done before!"

The Bulldogs placed 22 times, including 15 top four finishes and four firsts. Junior Tara Schmidt won the 200-meter dash, sophomore Kacy Nehowig won the 1,600-meter run, and ninth grader Kaitlyn Frenchick won the 3,200-meter run.

The Dogs' 800-meter relay - comprised by eighth grader Kally Felling, ninth grader Leah Felling, sophomore Kirsten Miller, and eighth grader Bri Jaeger - provided its fourth first-place finish. Jaeger, in the anchor leg, passed three runners to take first place.

Senior Kendra Johnson, eighth grader Anna Kotten, and Schmidt all placed in three individual events. Johnson was third in the 300-meter hurdles, fourth in the 100-meter hurdles, and fifth in the high jump. Kotten was fourth in the 300-meter hurdles (with a personal best), sixth in the 100-meter hurdles, and seventh in the pole vault (where she tied an eighth grade record by clearing 6' 6").

Schmidt won the 200-meter dash, finished second in the 100-meter dash, and took fifth in the long jump. In the 200-meter dash, Schmidt led a 1-2-4 finish for the Dogs. Jaeger was second with a personal best of 28.0 seconds, and Kally Felling was fourth with a personal best of 28.4 seconds.

Kally Felling also was fifth in the 400-meter dash with another personal best.

Sophomore Tanis Beireis (third in the 800-meter run and fourth in the pole vault), ninth grader Natalie Leadem (eighth in both the discus and shot put, with a personal best in the shot), and Frenchick (fifth in the triple jump as well as winning the 3,200-meter run) also placed in two individual events for the Bulldogs.

"The Paynesville girls' track team has not lost to a Class AA team so far this season, so we are really off to a great start," said Randgaard. "We are getting better at the small details that go into each event. The girls really listen well to their coaches, and this is improving our performance as a team."

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. New Ulm 136
2. Paynesville 132
3. Mayer Lutheran 126
4. BOLD 98
5. Eden Valley-Watkins 88
6. ACGC 60
7. Montevideo 54

Individual Results
100-meter hurdles: Kendra Johnson, fourth, 17.4; Anna Kotten, sixth, 18.6;
300-meter hurdles: Johnson, third, 49.5; Kotten, fourth, 52.2 (personal best);
100-meter dash: Tara Schmidt, second, 13.3;
200-meter dash: Schmidt, first, 27.15; Bri Jaeger, second, 28.0 (personal best); Kally Felling, fourth, 28.4 (personal best);
400-meter dash: Felling, fifth, 1:05.0 (personal best); Melanie Koerner, eighth, 1:07.53;
800-meter run: Tanis Beireis, third, 2:50;
1,600-meter run: Kacy Nehowig, first, 5:44;
3,200-meter run: Kaitlyn Frenchick, first, 12:59;
400-meter relay: Kacie Wander, Kirsten Miller, Leah Felling, and Natalie Leadem, sixth, 56.15;
800-meter relay: Kally Felling, Leah Felling, Kirsten Miller, and Bri Jaeger, first, 1:54.4;
1,600-meter relay: Schmidt, Nehowig, Koerner, and Johnson, third, 4:33;
3,200-meter relay: Frenchick, Erin Guzy, Koerner, and Nehowig, second, 10:42;
Discus: Leadem, eighth, 87' 10";
Shot put: Leadem, eighth, 28' 8" (personal best);
High jump: Johnson, fifth, 4' 8";
Long jump: Schmidt, fifth, 14' 11";
Triple jump: Frenchick, fourth, 31' 6" (personal best);
Pole vault: Beireis, fourth, 7' 6" (personal best); Kotten, seventh, 6' 6" (ties eighth grade record).

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