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|Paynesville Press - May 5, 2004|
Bulldogs place fourth at two track and field meets
The Paynesville boys' track team placed fourth at its home meet on Thursday, held in windy, cool conditions at PAHS.|
The weather was not only better for the team's first home meet, earlier in April, it had been better for all their previous meets, said coach Darrel Carstens.
Senior Chad Wyffels won the 800-meter run for the Bulldogs and also ran a leg on their 3,200-meter relay, the only two winning events for the Dogs at the six-team meet. Other relay members were juniors Matt Mehr and Chris Utsch and ninth grader Dugan Flanders.
Senior Scott Millner placed in the hurdles four times last week, including fifth in the 100-meter and sixth in the 300-meter hurdles at home.
Wyffels also placed individually in the triple jump, taking fifth. Six other Bulldogs placed individually in two events: senior Lee Fuchs-Thielen (second in the triple jump and third in the long jump); senior Derek Burris (third in the shot put and fourth in the discus); senior Scott Millner (fifth in the 300-meter hurdles and sixth in the 110-meter hurdles); senior Troy Fuchs-Thielen (fifth in the pole vault and sixth in the long jump); sophomore Sean Glenz (third in the 1,600-meter run and fourth in the 800-meter run); and sophomore Aaron Bachman (third in the pole vault and fifth in the 110-meter hurdles).
The Dogs also placed two individuals in seven events: 110-meter hurdles; 800-meter run; 3,200-meter run (with Mehr third and Flanders sixth); shot put (with junior Josh Binsfeld taking fourth in addition to Burris); long jump; triple jump; and pole vault.
As a team, the Dogs placed fourth at the meet with 87 points. ACGC edged LPGE for the title, 144-142, with St. Cloud Cathedral taking third with 128 points.
"This was a good, tough meet, and we still show that we need to step up in some areas before the big meets coming soon," said Carstens. "The captains (both Fuchs-Thielen brothers and Wyffels) will need to help get the troops ready. We're looking forward to the challenge."
This week, the Dogs will vie for a state berth as a team at the section true team meet. This meet will be held at Holdingford on Thursday, starting at 3 p.m.
Long Prairie Invite
The Bulldogs placed fourth at an eight-team meet at Long Prairie on Tuesday, April 27.
The Dogs did not win an event at the meet but had three seconds. Senior Derek Burris placed second in the shot put, sophomore Aaron Bachman ran second in the 300-meter hurdles, and sophomore Sean Glenz took second in the 800-meter run.
Ninth grader Michael Houske and Bryce Fishbach exchange the baton during the 800-meter relay on Thursday at the home track meet.
Senior Lee Fuchs-Thielen placed in three individual events, including two third-place finishes, in the 100-meter dash and in the triple jump. Bachman also placed in three individual events (both hurdles races and the pole vault).
Senior Chad Wyffels also took third in the 400-meter run, and he placed in the triple jump.
Senior Scott Millner was the only other Bulldog to place in two events, running in the top eight in both hurdles races.
Carstens said the team did not do well at this meet. Part of the reason was team members cut back due to having two meets during the week, but in some areas the team took the day off, said Carstens.
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