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|Paynesville Press - April 23, 2003|
Boys finish as runners-up at home
The Paynesville boys' track team placed second at their eight-team home meet on Monday, April 14. The Dogs were beaten by St. Cloud Cathedral but defeated ACGC and NL-S to take second.|
Coach Darrel Carstens was pleased with the team's results. "We had some great performances against the best Class A schools in the area," said Carstens. "We will need to improve, but this was a big step in the right direction."
The Bulldogs won three events, including two by junior Lee Fuchs-Thielen. He won the 100-meter dash and the long jump, took second in the triple jump, and ran a leg on the 400-meter relay that placed third.
Senior Milan Virant runs a leg on the Bulldogs' winning 3,200-meter relay. Other relay members were seniors Tommy Flannigan and Riley Flanders and junior Chad Wyffels.
The Dogs' 3,200-meter relay team - seniors Riley Flanders, Tommy Flannigan, and Milan Virant and junior Chad Wyffels - also placed first.
Other runner-up finishes were recorded by Flanders in the mile run and senior Adam Leyendecker in the discus. Third place winners were Virant in the 400-meter run, Flannigan in the 800-meter run, senior Ryan Glenz in the shot put, ninth grader Aaron Bachman in the pole vault, and the 400-meter and 1,600-meter relay teams.
In all, the Bulldogs placed in the top five 19 times.
Carstens was pleased with the team's improvement, including a number of personal bests.
This week, the Bulldogs will host another home meet on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. at the high school track. They also will compete at a meet at BBE on Tuesday, April 29.
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