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|Paynesville Press - April 26, 2006|
Track meet cut short due to lightning at Albany
The Bulldogs boys' track team was on pace for a season-best finish at Albany on Tuesday, April 18, before the meet was called due to lightning. |
The Dogs were sixth out of seven teams when the meet was called, but the Dogs could have finished second and probably no worse than third, said coach Todd Spanier. The Dogs had two alive in the final five of the high jump - juniors Aaron Burris and Travis Flannigan - plus strong events like the 200-meter dash and 3,200-meter run.
On the boys' side, 11 of 18 events were finished. Flannigan led the Dogs with a second-place finish in the 110-meter hurdles, finishing just 1/100th of a second out of first.
The Dogs had three third-place finishers: the 800-meter relay, the 3,200-meter relay, and junior Matt Hansen in the 100-meter dash. He also ran a leg in the 800-meter relay, along with Burris, senior Tom Stoneburner, and sophomore Alex Svejkovsky that placed third, and he also placed fifth in the long jump.
Junior Travis Flannigan placed fifth in the triple jump and fourth in the 110-meter hurdles at MACCRAY and second in the 110-meter hurdles at Albany last week.
Ninth grader Nathan Friederichs, junior Dugan Flanders, ninth grader Jamison Wall, and junior Peder Thompson ran third in the 3,200-meter relay. Flanders also took fourth in the 1,600-meter run.
Senior Aaron Bachman also took fourth in the 300-meter hurdles, with Burris a split-second behind him in fifth.
The Dogs' 400-meter relay (junior Curt Forster, Bachman, sophomore Jordan Spaeth, and ninth grader Travis Jimenez) took fifth, and Stoneburner completed the Dogs' scoring by taking sixth in the 400-meter dash.
This week, the Dogs competed at Long Prairie on Tuesday. They will host their second home meet on Thursday at the PAHS track starting at 4:30 p.m.
Montevideo (131 points) won the meet, followed by Yellow Medicine East (78), Redwood Valley (74), and MACCRAY (71). "We had seen Montevideo before and knew they were tough but were really surprised at the tough competition from YME, Redwood Valley, and MACCRAY," said coach Todd Spanier. "This was, from top to bottom, the toughest meet of the season so far."
Only the top six were recognized as placers, with the Dogs failing to place in any of the six individual running events and in four of the five field events (the pole vault was not held due to a lack of pits).
The Dogs scored all their points in the hurdles, the triple jump, and the relays.
Junior Travis Flannigan placed fourth in the 110-meter hurdles and fifth in the triple jump for the Dogs. "After falling early in the season in the 110s," said Spanier, "Travis is starting to get his confidence back."
Ninth grader Travis Jimenez ran the 300-meter hurdles in a varsity meet for the first time and finished fourth. "Travis is such a good athlete we can put him in almost any event," said Spanier.
Junior Curt Forster placed sixth in the 300-meter hurdles for the Dogs at MACCRAY. With senior Aaron Bachman and junior Aaron Burris placing in the 300-meter hurdles at Albany, the Dogs have lots of depth in this event, said Spanier.
All four of the Dogs' relays placed in the top five, with the 800-meter relay (junior Bryce Fischbach, Jimenez, sophomore Alex Svej-kovsky, and junior Matt Hansen) recording the best finish in fourth.
Fischbach (17' 2") and Hansen (17' 1 1/2") both had season-best leaps in the long jump and were both within a half foot of placing in the top six.
Another highlight for the Dogs at MACCRAY was seventh grader Tanner Wendroth breaking a 25-year-old school record in the 800-meter run. Wendroth finished his two laps around the track in 2:32.22, breaking the school's seventh-grade record that dates back to 1981. Kerry Deegan, a 1986 PHS grad, previously held the record of 2:33.4.
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