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Paynesville Press - April 14, 2004

Tracksters top 200 in runner-up finish

By Michael Jacobson

The Bulldogs girls' track team topped 200 points last week at the NL-S Invite but took second. Conference rival St. Cloud Cathedral outscored the Bulldogs 229-200.5 to win the meet.

"We have closed the gap on Cathedral, who finished third at state last year," said coach Dave Randgaard. "Usually, when you score over 200 points you win the meet!"

The Bulldogs won six individual events and two relays, led by senior Jessica Paul, who won three events: discus, pole vault, and shot put. Paul won the discus with a throw of 94 feet, the pole vault by clearing eight fee, and the shot put with a distance of nearly 32 feet.

Paul led a top two sweep in the discus, with senior Peggy Thompson taking second, and led the Dogs in placing five in the pole vault. Junior Caitlyn Mandigo was second in the pole vault, junior Britt Lieser third, ninth grader Tina Liestman fourth, and ninth grader Tanis Beireis fifth. (Lieser and Thompson also placed in the shot put as the Bulldogs placed three in that event.)

Other winners for Paynesville were ninth grader Kacy Nehowig (3,200-meter run), sophomore Tara Schmidt (200-meter dash), and junior Kendra Johnson (300-meter hurdles). Johnson broke the school record again in that event, lowering her school record to 46.81 from 47.9 set at the team's first outdoor meet. Johnson also broke the record twice last year.

The Bulldogs also won the 1,600-meter relay (Nehowig, sophomore Brooke Schmitz, Beireis, and eighth grader Kaitlyn Frenchick) and 3,200-meter relay (Frenchick, Johnson, Schmitz, and Beireis).

And the Dogs had runner-up finishes in five individual events and two relays. Other individual runners-up were Frenchick (1,600-meter run), Johnson (high jump), and Schmidt (100-meter dash).

"We had another outstanding effort," said Randgaard. "The team showed excellent balance, scoring 109 points in running events and 91 points in field events. The field events have improved, and as a result the team scoring improves."

This week, the Dogs hosted their first outdoor meet on Tuesday. They will also compete at Willmar on Thursday.

Team scores
1. St. Cloud Cathedral 229
2. Paynesville 200.5
3. Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa 97.5
4. New London-Spicer 89

Individual Results
100-meter hurdles: Kendra Johnson, third, 16.5; Ashley Lieser, fourth, 18.3;
300-meter hurdles: Johnson, first, 46.81 (new school record); Lieser, third, 52.93;
100-meter dash: Tara Schmidt, second, 13.1;
200-meter dash: Schmidt, first, 27.35;
400-meter dash: Schmidt, fifth, 1:07;
800-meter run: Tanis Beireis, third, 2:36.1;
1,600-meter run: Kaitlyn Frenchick, second, 5:51.47;
3,200-meter run: Kacy Nehowig, first, 12:03.71;
400-meter relay: Kacie Wander, Randi Schaefer, Brittany Lieser, and Jessica Paul, second, 55.77;
800-meter relay: Wander, Maggie Frieler, Schaefer, and Brittany Lieser, second, 2:02.72;
1,600-meter relay: Frenchick, Johnson, Brooke Schmitz, and Beireis, first, 4:26.34;
3,200-meter relay: Nehowig, Schmitz, Beireis, and Frenchick, 10:34.64;
Discus: Paul, first, 94' 4"; Peggy Thompson, second, 87' 10";
Shot put: Paul, 31' 9"; Brittany Lieser, fourth, 27' 1/2"; Thompson, fifth, 26' 6";
High jump: Johnson, second, 4' 11"; Brittany Lieser, third, 4' 10"; Schaefer, seventh, 4' 4";
Long jump: Schmidt, third, 14' 9";
Triple jump: Tanya Whitcomb, seventh, 27' 5 1/2"; Schmitz, eighth, 27' 5";
Pole vault: Paul, first, 8'; Caitlyn Mandigo, second, 7'; Brittany Lieser, fourth, 6' 6"; Tina Liestman, fifth, 6' 6"; Beireis, sixth, 6'.

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