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|Paynesville Press - April 21, 2004|
Tracksters take second at two meets
Maple Lake edged the Bulldogs girls' track team by one point to win the Paynesville Invite, held at PAHS on Tuesday, April 13.|
Ninth grader Kacy Nehowig (center) leads a pack of runners during the 1,600-meter run last week. Nehowig finished second in the race. Ninth grader Tanis Beireis (over Nehowig's left shoulder) finished fourth.
The Irish defeated the Dogs 132-131 at the outdoor meet with sunny, 60-degree weather.
"This was a two-team battle between Maple Lake and Paynesville," said Bulldogs coach Dave Randgaard. "The meet was very close from the first event to the last event."
Paynesville won three events, placed second in five events, and had 12 top four placings.
Taking first place for Paynesville were junior Kendra Johnson in the 300-meter hurdles; ninth grader Kacy Nehowig in the 3,200-meter run; and the 3,200-meter relay, including eighth grader Melanie Koerner, sophomore Megan Reeck, eighth grader Rheanne Zimmerman, and eighth grader Kaitlyn Frenchick.
Koerner and Frenchick also ran on the Dogs' 1,600-meter relay, which took second, along with seventh grader Kally Felling and ninth grader Tanis Beireis.
Johnson placed in four events individually. She also was second in the 100-meter hurdles, fourth in the high jump, and sixth in the long jump.
Nehowig also placed second in the 1,600-meter run.
Sophomore Tara Schmidt had two runner-up finishes, in the 100-meter dash and the 200-meter dash, and took fourth place in the 400-meter dash.
Other top four finishes were recorded by: Beireis (third in the 800-meter run and fourth in the 1,600-meter run); Frenchick (fourth in the 800-meter run); Paul (fourth in the pole vault); and the 400-meter relay of sophomore Kacie Wander, ninth grader Randi Schaefer, junior Brittany Lieser, and Paul.
This week, the Dogs compete at Melrose on Thursday. Next week, they will travel to Long Prairie for a meet on Tuesday, April 27.
Willmar defeated the Dogs 119.5 to 94, but Paynesville topped eight other schools in the ten-team meet, including Marshall and Rocori, both Class AA schools.
Sophomore Kacie Wander hands the baton to seventh grader Kally Felling during the 800-meter relay at the home meet last week. Their relay placed seveth.
"Willmar won this meet with their depth," said Randgaard. "They have more girls out than we do, and it was the difference."
Randgaard was pleased that the Bulldogs scored 88 points in the running events, more than any other team, but the Dogs only scored six points in the field events.
Schmidt, in the 100-meter dash, and Johnson, in the 300-meter hurdles, were the only individual winners for the Bulldogs. Schmidt placed in four events, while Johnson placed in three, including a runner-up finish in the 100-meter hurdles.
Other runner-up finishes were recorded by Nehowig in the 3,200-meter run and by the 3,200-meter relay team (Koerner, Zimmerman, sophomore Brooke Schmitz, and Nehowig).
The Dogs placed two individuals in four events. Ninth grader Tanis Beireis and Frenchick both placed in the 800-meter run and in the 1,600-meter run. They were fourth and fifth in the 800-meter run and fourth and seventh in the 1,600-meter run. In the 300-meter hurdles, Johnson was first, and sophomore Ashley Lieser was sixth. And in the pole vault, Paul was sixth, and junior Caitlyn Mandigo was eighth.
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