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|Paynesville Press - May 5, 2004|
Cathedral tops Dogs at home
The girls' track team settled for another second-place finish at the Paynesville Invitational last week, as St. Cloud Cathedral won the meet at PAHS on Thursday.|
Cathedral scored 165 points, with the Bulldogs finishing second with 125 points. Next was LPGE with 78 points in the six-team meet.
The Bulldogs had four winning events and placed 13 individuals and relays in the top three.
Winning events were sophomore Tara Schmidt in the 200-meter dash (running her best time of the season - 26.49), eighth grader Kaitlyn Frenchick in the 3,200-meter run, and two relay teams, the 1,600-meter and the 3,200-meter.
The Dogs used a new lineup in the 1,600-meter relay: eighth grader Melanie Koerner, junior Kendra Johnson, Schmidt, and ninth grader Tanis Beireis, which ran the team's fastest time in that relay this season (4:19).
The 3,200-meter relay featured Frenchick, Beireis, eighth grader Rheanne Zimmerman, and ninth grader Kacy Nehowig. They won with a time of 10:52.
Sophomore Tara Schmidt lands in the sand after a long jump attempt. She placed third in the event at the home meet last week.
Individually, Johnson and Schmidt placed in three events each. Johnson placed in both hurdle races (third in the 100-meter hurdles and second in the 300-meter hurdles) and second in the high jump. Schmidt was first in the 200, fourth in the 100-meter dash, and third in the long jump.
Beireis, in addition to running on two winning relays, placed second in the 1,600-meter run and fifth in the pole vault. Senior Jessica Paul also placed in two individual events, third in the pole vault and fourth in the discus. And junior Brittany Lieser also placed in two individual events, taking sixth in both the high jump and the triple jump.
Other top three finishes for the Bulldogs were: Koerner in the 400-meter dash (with a personal best of 1:05.6); Nehowig in the 800-meter run; and Zimmerman in the 3,200-meter run.
"We had a solid performance in this meet," said coach Dave Randgaard. "Cathedral is dominant and we mixed up our lineup some to prepare for the true team section meet. We wanted to take a good look at some different girls in different events to help us set our lineup for true team."
Senior Jessica Paul clears the bar during a pole vault attempt at PAHS on Thursday. She placed thrid. At LPGE last week, she won the event.
The girls' team will vie for a state berth at the true team section meet on Thursday in Holdingford. The Dogs have finished second to Mayer Lutheran at sections for three straight years, but the three-time defending state champ has been moved to another section.
The Dogs won their third meet of the season, topping the field at a eight-team meet at LPGE on Tuesday, April 27.
"We placed in all 18 events and showed excellent team balance between our running events and field events," said coach Dave Randgaard. "We scored 99 points in the running events and 70 in the field events. This is really encour-aging for the team."
Junior Kendra Johnson continued her strong performance in the hurdles placing second in the 300-meter and third in the 100-meter hurdles. She also was second in the high jump.
The Bulldogs took six firsts, including three by junior Kendra Johnson, who won both hurdle races and the high jump. Ninth grader Kacy Nehowig won both the mile run and the two-mile run, and senior Jessica Paul led a top-three sweep in the pole vault.
Paul placed first in the pole vault by clearing 8' 6". Junior Caitlyn Mandigo was second, ninth grader Tanis Beireis was third, and ninth grader Tina Liestman was sixth.
Paul also placed second in the shot put and discus.
Sophomore Tara Schmidt won four runner-up ribbons, finishing second in the 100-meter dash, the 200-meter dash, the 400-meter dash, and in the long jump. (Johnson also placed in four individual events.)
In addition to Paul, Beireis placed in three events, taking third in the 1,600-meter run and fourth in the 800-meter run in addition to the pole vault.
Four girls placed in two individual events. Besides Nehowig, they were senior Peggy Thompson (discus and shot put); junior Brittany Lieser (high jump and triple jump); and eighth grader Kaitlyn Frenchick (800--meter run and triple jump).
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