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|Paynesville Press - April 24, 2002|
Girls take second behind Willmar
The Bulldogs girls' track team headed to Willmar on Thursday. The weather was colder and windier than at any other meet so far this year. |
The Bulldogs finished second behind Willmar.
"We performed extremely well and finished second by a wide margin. Willmar just has too many good athletes and depth, and they really performed well in this meet," said coach Dave Randgaard.
Sophomore Jess Virant took fourth in the triple jump and seventh in the 150-meter hurdles.
The Bulldogs scored 71 points in both their running events and field events. "I liked the fact that we scored 71 points in both areas. You can't get better balance in your team scoring than that," said Randgaard.
Eighth grader Brooke Schmitz had an outstanding race in the half mile, finishing first. She also had the fastest split in the two-mile relay, which finished third. Her teammates in the relay were seventh grader Kacy Nehowig, senior Sara Lieser, and junior Mandy Mayer.
Senior Jen Hess took first in both the mile and the two-mile runs. In the two mile, Nehowig had her personal best time and finished third.
The triple jump was very strong for the Bulldogs at Willmar. Mayer took first place, senior Missy Bachman took second, and sophomore Jess Virant took fourth. They scored 23 points for the team in the triple jump.
In the long jump, Ranea Eastling placed first, jumping her personal best, and senior Heidi Jansen placed second. Jansen also had her personal best in the shot put, which earned her third place.
Other runner-up finishes for the Bulldogs were recorded by: the 800-meter relay team (Jansen, Heather Christensen, Hannah Braun, and Tara Schmidt); by Morgan Martinson in the discus; and by Bachman in the pole vault.
This week, the Bulldogs will host their second outdoor invitational on Thursday, starting at 4:30 p.m.
The team took six first places and eight second places. "We won this meet with a strong balance between our running and field events," said coach Randgaard.
Hess won both the mile and the two-mile runs. Nehowig ran both races with her and took second in the mile and fourth in the two mile.
Eighth grader Brooke Schmitz won the 800-meter run with a time of 2:28.81, which was her personal best. Schmitz was also on the two-mile relay team that took second place. Also on the relay were Lieser, Mayer, and junior Jenny Berg.
Bachman won both the pole vault and the triple jump.
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