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|Paynesville Press - April 20, 2005|
Bachman, Binsfeld win events at home
Senior Josh Binsfeld won the shot put and junior Aaron Bachman won the pole vault as the boys' track team took sixth at their home meet on Tuesday, April 12.|
The meet was scheduled for Monday, April 11, but was moved back a day due to rain.
Bachman's and Binsfeld's first-place finishes highlighted the team's 14 placewinners. Bachman was also seventh in the 110-meter hurdles, and Binsfeld was also eighth in the discus.
Sophomore Dugan Flanders finished second in the 3,200-meter run, and he also earned a medal by helping the 3,200-meter relay team place third. Also running legs on that relay were senior Matt Mehr, sophomore Curt Forster, and eighth grader Jamison Wall.
Senior Josh Binsfeld hurls the shot put on Tuesday, April 1, at the home track meet. He tied for first with a throw of 40' 10" in that meet.
The Dogs' 400-meter relay (Forster, senior Eric Hansen, ninth grader Bill Thompson, and sophomore Bryce Fischbach) and their 800-meter relay (sophomore Alex Jewell, Fischbach, sophomore Travis Flannigan, and ninth grader Alex Svejkovsky) both placed fourth, just missing a medal. The 400-meter relay team finished just a second behind third place.
Flannigan also placed fifth in the 110-meter hurdles, and Forster placed fifth in the 300-meter hurdles.
"We continue to improve with each meet," said coach Todd Spanier. "We beat EV-W/Kimball, a team we had lost to last week at ACGC. We continue to get healthy, getting Matt Mehr and Bryce Fischbach into the lineup for the first time."
The team, added Spanier, had three eighth graders move up and contribute: Wall scored points in both the 1,600-meter and 3,200-meter relays; Nathan Friederichs scored in both the high jump (tying with Flannigan for seventh) and the 1,600-meter relay; and Kody Nehowig was part of the 1,600-meter relay.
"Having them in the lineup helped us to put someone in all the events, something we weren't able to do in the first two meets," explained Spanier.
"I'm really pleased to have a team full of guys who will sacrifice a little bit of what they want to do to help out the team, and it really showed by our improved score," said Spanier, noting that Forster ran legs in two relays and still placed fifth in his hurdle race.
This week, the Dogs will compete at Melrose on Thursday. Next week, they will run at LPGE on Tuesday, April 26.
Willmar Optimist The Bulldogs finished ninth at the ten-team Willmar Optimist on Thursday.
The team treated Willmar as more of a fun meet, according to coach Todd Spanier. With so many runners in individual events - with unlimited entries, schools the size of Willmar and Marshall could enter lots of individuals - we decided to stack our relay teams, added Spanier.
The Dogs had five placers at the meet, including its two short relays. The 400-meter relay (sophomore Curt Forster, senior Eric Hansen, ninth grader Bill Thompson, and sophomore Bryce Fischbach) and the 800-meter relay (ninth grader Alex Svejkovsky, Hansen, Thomp-son, and Fischbach) both placed fifth. The Dogs' 1,600-meter relay team (Forster, senior Matt Mehr, Svejkovsky, and Fischbach) also ran well but didn't place, Spanier added.
Individually, senior Josh Binsfeld was fourth in the shot put, junior Aaron Bachman was fourth in the pole vault, and Forster was eighth in the 300-meter hurdles. Bachman and Binsfeld have placed in every meet so far this year in the pole vault and shot put respectively.
"We also had guys try some new events," said Spanier. "Eric Hansen did the triple jump for the first time and did well, but again with all the participants couldn't break the top eight. Alex Svejkovsky ran in the open 800 against some great runners from Marshall and Willmar. He didn't place but did run against some of the top runners in the state."
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