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Paynesville Press - April 16, 2003

Girls sweep 14 events in win at Annandale

By Mandy Mayer

The Paynesville track team traveled to Annandale on Thursday where the weather was absolutely perfect for a meet. The Bulldogs proved that to be true by finishing first in 14 of the 17 events and taking first overall.

The team placed in every event, and multiple times in some events. "This team competed hard and showed a strong desire to win," said coach Dave Randgaard.

Paynesville was first scoring 121 points, with Annandale second with 88.5 points, West Lutheran third scoring 27, and Meadow Creek Christian fourth with 18.5.

Paynesville's discuss throwers had a huge day. Senior Morgan Martinson broke the oldest standing school record for girls in the discuss. Martinson threw 119' 1" to break the record - set by Karen (Strodtman) Bachman in 1979 - by seven feet and six inches.

Martinson also took first place in the shot put.

Sophomore Kendra Johnson and ninth grader Brooke Schmitz each took first place in four events for Paynesville. Johnson had personal bests in the 100- and 300-meter hurdles and in the high jump. She also ran a leg on the Dogs' winning 400-meter relay.

Schmitz was first in the mile run, in the 800-meter run, and in the long jump. She also ran a leg in the Dogs' winning 1,600-meter relay.

Ninth grader Tara Schmidt had three personal bests: in the 100-meter dash, in the 200-meter dash, and in the long jump, which is a new event for Schmidt. She had three firsts and one second at the meet.

Eighth grader Kacy Nehowig ran a personal best in winning the 3,200-meter run. She also was second in the 1,600-meter run.

The Bulldogs won seven of eight individual running events, won three of the four relays, and won four of the five field events. The Dogs had 28 individual placings and recorded 12 personal bests.

This week, the Bulldogs hosted their first home meet on Monday. They also will compete at a meet at Melrose on Thursday, April 17, starting at 4:15 p.m.

Team scores
1. Paynesville 121
2. Annandale 88.5
3. West Lutheran 27
4. Meadow Creek Christian 18.5

Individual Results
100-meter hurdles: Kendra Johnson, first, 17.0 (personal best); Lindsey Wyffels, fifth, 21.3;
300-meter hurdles: Johnson, first, 48.9 (personal best);
100-meter dash: Tara Schmidt, first, 13.2 (personal best);
200-meter dash: Schmidt, first, 27.8 (personal best);
400-meter dash: Mandy Mayer, second, 1:05.9 (personal best); Megan Reeck, fifth, 1:09 (personal best);
800-meter run: Brooke Schmitz, first, 2:33; Jenny Berg, second, 2:39; Jessica Kotten, fifth, 3:00 (personal best);
1,600-meter run: Schmitz, first, 5:35.1; Kacy Nehowig, second, 5:42.3;
3,200-meter run: Nehowig, first, 12:17 (personal best); Sheena Hoekstra, third, 15:03;
400-meter relay: Johnson, Bari Behling, Maggie Frieler, and Schmidt, first, 55.1;
800-meter relay: Reeck, Behling, Frieler, and Jessica Paul, second, 2:00.6;
1,600-meter relay: Mayer, Reeck, Berg, and Schmitz, first, 4:28.7;
3,200-meter relay: Mayer, Hoekstra, Berg, and Kotten, first, 11:24.3;
Discus: Morgan Martinson, first, 119' 1" (school record); Peggy Thompson, fourth, 86' 9" (personal best);
Shot put: Martinson, first, 31' 2";
High jump: Johnson, first, 4' 10" (personal best); Brittney Lieser, second, 4' 10"; Kelly Herzberg, fifth, 4' 4";
Long jump: Schmitz, first, 14" 7'; Schmidt, second, 14' 3" (personal best);
Triple jump: Mayer, third, 30' 7 1/2"; Tanya Whitcomb, fifth, 27' 9 3/4".

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