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Paynesville Press - May 3, 2006

Tracksters win sixth meet of season

By Michael Jacobson

The Bulldogs girls' track team won their sixth meet this spring - and 100th meet since 1990 under coach Dave Randgaard - last week at their home invitational. The Dogs won their seven-team home meet on Thursday, defeating conference rival St. Cloud Cathedral by 30 points.

The Dogs had 30 placewinners and scored in every event. They were led by four first-place finishes, including 1-2 finishes in both the 200-meter dash and 3,200-meter run.

Kacy running In the 200-meter dash, senior Tara Schmidt and ninth grader Kally Felling finished 1-2, both running personal bests. Schmidt and Felling beat senior Cate Keating of St. Cloud Cathedral, an individual state entrant last year in this event. Schmidt finished third at sections last year behind Keating in second. Felling edged Keating at the wire on Thursday to take second.

Schmidt also won the 100-meter dash for the Bulldogs

Junior Kacy Nehowig won the 3,200-meter run at the Bulldogs' home meet on Thursday and placed second in the event at LPGE on Tuesday. She also placed seventh in the pole vault on Thursday, clearing six feet.

In the 3,200-meter run, juniors Kacy Nehowig and Tanis Beireis ran 1-2 for the Dogs.

Ninth grader Anna Kotten won the 100-meter hurdles for the Dogs, as well as placing third in the 300-meter hurdles. The 300-meter hurdles was one of the three events where the Dogs placed three individuals. Junior Kirsten Miller was fourth and eighth grader Krista Topp was seventh in this event.

The Dogs also placed three in the long jump - Schmidt, second; junior Andrea McCorquodale, sixth, and Felling, eighth - and in the pole vault - Beireis, third; Kotten, fifth; and Nehowig, seventh.

In addition to the 200-meter dash and the 3,200-meter run, the Dogs had two placers in four other events: 100-meter dash (Schmidt, first, and Felling, fourth); 400-meter dash (Felling, second, and Schmidt, fifth); 1,600-meter run (sophomore Kaitlyn Frenchick, second, and Beireis, sixth); and discus (sophomore Natalie Leadem, sixth, and junior Randi Schaefer, seventh).

Other top-five individual finishes at the meet were Frenchick (third in the 800-meter run) and Schaefer (fourth in the shot put).

This week, the Dogs will travel to New London-Spicer for a meet on Thursday. Next week, the Dogs will travel to Holdingford on Tuesday, May 9, to compete in true team sections, where the Dogs will seek a third straight state berth.

Team Scores
1. Paynesville 162.5
2. Cathedral 132.5
3. Melrose 98.0
4. ACGC 82.0
EV-W/Kimball 82.0
6. BBE 62.0
7. New London-Spicer 57.0

Individual Results
100-meter hurdles: Anna Kotten, first, 16.6 (personal best);
300-meter hurdles: Kotten, third, 51.79 (personal best); Kirsten Miller, fourth, 52.66 (personal best); Krista Topp, seventh, 56.11;
100-meter dash: Tara Schmidt, first, 13.8; Kally Felling, fourth, 14.12;
200-meter dash: Schmidt, first, 27.34 (personal best); Felling, second, 27.4 (personal best);
400-meter dash: Felling, second, 1:03.63 (personal best); Schmidt, fifth, 1:06.2;
800-meter run: Kaitlyn Frenchick, third, 2:32;
1,600-meter run: Frenchick, second, 5:50; Tanis Beireis, sixth, 6:10;
3,200-meter run: Kacy Nehowig, first, 13:07; Beireis, second, 13:49;
400-meter relay: Kacie Wander, Randi Schaefer, Stacy Orbeck, Miller, fourth, 55.7;
800-meter relay: Wander, Orbeck, Miller, and Andrea McCorquodale, fifth, 2:00;
1,600-meter relay: Natalie Leadem, Janice Boeck, Erin Guzy, and Melanie Koerner, fifth, 4:43;
3,200-meter relay: Leadem, Boeck, Guzy, and Koerner, fourth, 11:30.6;
Discus: Leadem, sixth, 93' (personal best); Schaefer, seventh, 92' 6" (personal best);
Shot put: Schaefer, fourth, 30' 2";
High jump: Schaefer, eighth, 4' 8";
Long jump: Schmidt, second, 14' 11"; McCorquodale, sixth, 13' 6 1/2"; Felling, eighth, 13' 3 3/4";
Triple jump: Frenchick, third, 31' 1 1/4";
Pole vault: Beireis, third, 7' 6"; Kotten, fifth, 7'; Nehowig, seventh, 6'.

The Bulldogs topped Sauk Centre, a key conference and true-team section rival, 148-133 at the LPGE meet on Tuesday, April 25.

Felling ran personal best It was the second time this season that the Dogs have beaten the Mainstreeters, also defeating them in an indoor meet in March. The two teams were locked in a close duel at Albany in April before bad weather shortened this meet.

Ninth grader Kally Felling ran personal bests in finishing second in the 200-meter dash and the 400-meter dash at the Dogs' home meet on Thursday. In the 200, shown above, she edged Cathedral's Cate Keating, who qualified for state last year in this event, at the wire to take second. She also placed eighth in the long jump.

"We had a really good meet against our top two true team rivals (Sauk Centre and Osakis)," said coach Dave Randgaard. "We placed in every event and had multiple placers in a lot of events. We need to improve on all four of our relays and get our second jumpers to improve in the long jump, triple jump, and high jump. This will make our team even better."

Ninth grader Anna Kotten and junior Tanis Beireis finished 1-2 in the pole vault to lead the Dogs at LPGE last week.

The Dogs had five other runner-up finishes at LPGE: sophomore Kaitlyn Frenchick in the 800-meter run; Kotten in the 100-meter hurdles; junior Kacy Nehowig in the 3,200-meter run; and senior Tara Schmidt in the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes.

Frenchick had two third-place finishes: in the 1,600-meter run and the triple jump. Other third-place finishes were recorded by ninth grader Kally Felling in the 400-meter dash; junior Randi Schaefer in the discus; and Schmidt in the long jump.

Fourth-place finishers were: Beireis in the 3,200-meter run; Felling in the 200-meter dash; Kotten in the 300-meter hurdles; sophomore Natalie Leadem in the discus; Schaefer in the high jump; and Schmidt in the 400-meter dash.

The Dogs beat Sauk Centre and Osakis in the ten-team meet and won their home meet last week without ninth grader Bri Jaeger, a top sprinter out with an injury.

Team Scores
1. Paynesville 148
2. Sauk Centre 133
3. Osakis 125
4. Melrose 67
5. LPGE 62
6. Browerville/Eagle Valley 52
7. New York Mills 33
8. Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale 32
9. New London-Spicer 31
10. Upsala-Swanville 15

Individual Results
100-meter hurdles: Anna Kotten, second, 17.26 (personal best); Stacy Orbeck, sixth, 19.31; Krista Topp, seventh, 19.52;
300-meter hurdles: Kotten, fourth, 53.44; Miller, sixth, 55.01;
100-meter dash: Tara Schmidt, second, 13.38;
200-meter dash: Schmidt, second, 27.90 (personal best); Kally Felling, fourth, 27.93 (personal best);
400-meter dash: Felling, third, 1:04.53 (personal best); Schmidt, fourth, 1:05.66 (personal best);
800-meter run: Kaitlyn Frenchick, second, 2:29.93 (personal best);
1,600-meter run: Frenchick, third, 5:44.50 (personal best); Kacy Nehowig, eighth, 6:08;
3,200-meter run: Nehowig, second, 13:08; Tanis Beireis, fourth, 13:39 (season best);
400-meter relay: Kacie Wander, Schaefer, Orbeck, and Miller, fifth, 56.96;
800-meter relay: Wander, Orbeck, Miller, and Felling, sixth, 2:00.64;
1,600-meter relay: Frenchick, Erin Guzy, Natalie Leadem, and Melanie Koerner, seventh, 4:38.31;
3,200-meter relay: Beireis, Guzy, Leadem, and Koerner, fifth, 11:27.91;
Discus: Schaefer, third, 89' 6"; Leadem, fourth, 87' 10";
Shot put: Schaefer, fourth, 29' 8"; Leadem, sixth, 28' 5";
High jump: Schaefer, fourth, 4' 6"; Kotten, seventh, 4' 4";
Long jump: Schmidt, third, 15';
Triple jump: Frenchick, third, 31' 2";
Pole vault: Kotten, first, 8'; Beireis, second, 7' 6".

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