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|Paynesville Press - April 23, 2003|
Girl tracksters take second at home
The Bulldogs girls' track team competed against top-notch teams again at their first home meet on Monday, April 11. Despite recording 11 personal bests, the Dogs just could not beat St. Cloud Cathedral. |
The Crusaders used their depth to score 228 points and win the meet. The Bulldogs were second with 142, followed by Maple Lake, New London-Spicer, LPGE, EV-W/ Kimball, and Holy Trinity.
Sophomore Kendra Johnson broke the school record in the 300-meter hurdles last week, taking second with a time of 48.0 seconds. She broke a decade-old school record previously held by Tina Lang. Johnson placed in four events, including third in the 100-meter hurdles.
Sophomore Kendra Johnson was the star of the meet for the Bulldogs, breaking the school record in the 300-meter hurdles. Her time of 48.0 broke the school record set by Tina Lang in 1992. Lang's record was 48.12.
"Johnson is performing at a very high level right now," said coach Dave Randgaard. Johnson placed second in the 300-meter hurdles. She also placed third in the 100-meter hurdles, fourth in high jump, and ran the first leg for the 400-meter relay which placed second.
The Bulldogs had four first place finishes and 17 top five finishes.
Senior Morgan Martinson placed first in both the shot put and the discus. She threw her personal best in the shot put and won the discus by 23 feet.
Eighth grader Tara Schmidt continues to look strong in her events. She placed first in a tough field of sprinters in the 200-meter dash, recording her personal best of 27.4 seconds. She also placed third in the 100-meter dash, fourth in long jump, and ran the last leg in the 400-meter relay which placed second.
Paynesville's other winning event was the 3,200-meter relay. Senior Mandy Mayer, eighth grader Tanis Beireis, senior Jen Berg, and ninth grader Brooke Schmitz recorded a time of 10:25.5 in winning that race.
Other personal bests included Schmitz in the 800-meter run, where she placed fourth; eighth grader Kacy Nehowig in the 3,200-meter run, where she placed second; and both junior Jessica Paul and sophomore Brittany Lieser in the pole vault, where they tied for fifth by clearing 7' 6".
Other top five placings were Mayer, third in the 400-meter dash and fourth in triple jump; ninth Beireis, fifth in the 800-meter run; Lieser, third in high jump; and the 400-meter relay team (Johnson, senior Bari Behling, ninth grader Maggie Frieler, and Schmidt), second; and the 1,600-meter relay (Mayer, ninth grader Megan Reeck, Berg, and Schmitz), fourth.
The Bulldogs' meet at Melrose, scheduled for last Thursday, was cancelled due to the weather.
This week, the Bulldogs will host another home meet on Thursday, starting at 4:30 p.m. They also will compete at a meet hosted by BBE on Tuesday, April 29.
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