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Paynesville Press - April 26, 2006

Girl tracksters win again at MACCRAY

By Michael Jacobson

The PAHS girls' track team won their fourth meet of the spring on Thursday at Clara City, defeating six teams at the MACCRAY Meet.

The Bulldogs scored points in all 17 events and had 24 placewinners in beating a strong BOLD/Buffalo Lake-Hector team by 32 points, said coach Dave Randgaard. The Dogs scored 140 points, despite being slightly shorthanded due to illness and injury, to beat BOLD/BL-H, which tallied 108 points.

Sophomore Kaitlyn Frenchick "We went into this meet missing five girls due to illness or injury," said Randgaard. "We didn't know really how we would handle this. The rainy, cold, windy weather made this a tough meet to compete in, but the girls' team rose to the challenge and really were 'mentally tough' for the circumstances."

Sophomore Kaitlyn Frenchick placed second in the triple jump at MACCRAY on Thursday, April 20, placing in four events again for the girls' track team, which won its fourth meet of the spring.

Leading the Bulldogs' charge at this meet were junior Kacy Nehowig and senior Tara Schmidt, who both won two individual events. Nehowig won both the 1,600-meter run and the 3,200-meter run, while Schmidt won the 100-meter dash (with a season-best time) and the 200-meter dash (with a personal-best time).

Schmidt also placed second in the long jump and ran a leg on the 800-meter relay, which placed third.

Ninth grader Anna Kotten placed in four individual events for the Dogs once again, despite MACCRAY not having pole vault pits. She placed second in the 100-meter hurdles and 300-meter hurdles, running a personal-best time in the shorter race for the second time of the week. Kotten also placed sixth in the high jump and in the triple jump, which she entered instead of her regular pole vault.

Sophomore Kaitlyn Frenchick placed in three individual events and ran a leg in a relay. She was second in the triple jump, third in the 800-meter run, and fourth in the 400-meter dash, and she ran the fastest leg on third-place 3,200-meter relay.

Junior Randi Schaefer also placed in three individual events and ran a relay leg. She was second in the high jump, fourth in the discus and shot put, and helped the 400-meter relay take third. Schaefer had a personal-best throw in the shot put (30' 9 1/2"), as did ninth grader Ariel Jones (25' 5", who did not place).

Two Bulldogs placed in three events: sophomore Natalie Leadem and ninth grader Stacy Orbeck. Leadem placed third in the discus and ran legs on the 3,200-meter relay (third) and the 1,600-meter relay (fourth). Orbeck ran a personal-best time in the 100-meter hurdles for the second time last week, placing sixth, and also ran legs on two relays (400-meter relay, third, and 800-meter relay, third).

Ninth grader Bri Jaeger placed third in both the 100-meter dash and the 400-meter dash for the Dogs.

This week, the Bulldogs traveled to Long Prairie on Tuesday. They will host their second home meet of the season on Thursday, April 27, starting at 4:30 p.m.

Team Scores
1. Paynesville 140
2. BOLD/BLH 108
3. Redwood Valley 94
4. Montevideo 86
5. Yellow Medicine East 69
6. Lakeview 14

Individual Results
100-meter hurdles: Anna Kotten, second, 17.34 (personal best); Stacy Orbeck, sixth, 18.87 (personal best);
300-meter hurdles: Kotten, second, 53.0;
100-meter dash: Tara Schmidt, first, 12.94 (season best); Bri Jaeger, third, 13.6;
200-meter dash: Schmidt, first, 27.8 (personal best);
400-meter dash: Jaeger, third, 1:03; Kaitlyn Frenchick, fourth, 1:05;
800-meter run: Frenchick, third, 2:37;
1,600-meter run: Kacy Nehowig, first, 5:57;
3,200-meter run: Nehowig, first, 12:44;
400-meter relay: Kacie Wander, Randi Schaefer, Orbeck, and Kirsten Miller, third, 58.2;
800-meter relay: Wander, Orbeck, Miller, and Schmidt, third, 1:59.9;
1,600-meter relay: Natalie Leadem, Erin Guzy, Melanie Koerner, and Andrea McCorquodale, fourth, 4:47;
3,200-meter relay: Leadem, Guzy, Frenchick, and Koerner, third, 11:05;
Discus: Leadem, third, 87' 11 1/2"; Schaefer, fourth, 87' 8";
Shot put: Schaefer, fourth, 30' 9 1/2" (personal best);
High jump: Schaefer, second, 4' 8"; Kotten, sixth, 4' 6";
Long jump: Schmidt, second, 14' 1"; Jaeger, fifth, 13' 4";
Triple jump: Frenchick, second, 30' 8"; Kotten, sixth, 29';
Pole vault: Not held (no pits).

Albany Meet
The Bulldogs' duel with Sauk Centre, a conference and true-team section rival, was cut short by lightning at the Albany Meet on Tuesday, April 18. Only 13 of the 18 events were completed before the meet was halted due to the weather.

"We scored in all the events that were held and had a great battle going with Sauk Centre, leading them 85-68 before the 800-meter run," said coach Dave Randgaard. "Sauk Centre went first, second, and third to score 24 points (in the 800-meter run), while we had the fourth-place finisher, so Sauk Centre led 92-89 when the meet was cancelled."

According to Minnesota State High School League rules, all events must be completed for the meet to be official, added Randgaard, who called the Mainstreeters the team the Dogs need to beat at true-team sections in order to make a third consecutive trip to state true team.

Ninth grader Bri Jaeger won the 400-meter dash for the Bulldogs on the new track at Albany.

Junior Kacy Nehowig took second in the 1,600-meter run, and the Dogs' 800-meter relay (ninth grader Kally Felling, ninth grader Stacy Orbeck, junior Kirsten Miller, and senior Tara Schmidt) finished second. Schmidt also placed third in the 100-meter dash and the long jump.

The Dogs had three placers in the discus: sophomore Natalie Leadem (third), junior Randi Schaefer (fourth), and ninth grader Heather Rondeau (sixth with a personal best).

The Dogs had multiple placers in six of the ten individual events held at Albany before the meet was called.

Individual Results
100-meter hurdles: Anna Kotten, third, 17.45 (personal best); Stacy Orbeck, fifth, 19.1 (personal best);
300-meter hurdles: Kotten, fifth, 52.6;
100-meter dash: Tara Schmidt, third, 13.06;
200-meter dash: Not held;
400-meter dash: Bri Jaeger, first, 1:03.2; Kally Felling, fifth, 1:07.3;
800-meter run: Kaitlyn Frenchick, fourth, 2:40;
1,600-meter run: Kacy Nehowig, second, 5:50;
3,200-meter run: Not held;
400-meter relay: Kacie Wander, Randi Schaefer, Orbeck, and Kirsten Miller, sixth;
800-meter relay: Felling, Orbeck, Miller, and Schmidt, second, 1:57.9;
1,600-meter relay: Not held;
3,200-meter relay: Felling, Erin Guzy, Natalie Leadem, and Melanie Koerner, fourth, 11:24;
Discus: Leadem, third, 88' 7"; Schaefer, fourth, 88' 6"; Heather Rondeau, sixth, 74' 11" (personal best);
Shot put: Not held;
High jump: Schaefer, third, 4' 8"; Kotten, sixth, 4' 6";
Long jump: Schmidt, third, 15' 2 1/4";
Triple jump: Frenchick, sixth, 30' 11";
Pole vault: Not held.

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